Saturday, April 24, 2010

not all bad

You know I always bleat on about how grim glasgow is and in doing so, overlook the fact that, as is true of everywhere else, the vast majority of people here are good, honest human beings. An important point to remember, I think.

This was brought home to me today when, sitting on my bike in the traffic queue at a red light, the van in front suddenly went into reverse and knocked me off my bike, the bike going under the van, me - mercifully - to one side. (Apart from some very serious bruising on my right arm, everything, bike included, is OK.)

The second this happened, everyone around stopped to look; they were concerned; they volunteered as witnesses; they sat me down; they called the police; they rescued my bike; they brought me water and a first-aider from the bus-station. I was actually overwhelmed by the basic goodness and humanity of these people, especially the staff at Buchanan Street Bus Station, outside which the incident happened.

I wish I could thank them all personally for their help and for reminding me that things in this town are not always as bad as they seem.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

the lobster quadrille

Working on a new piece using old materials, including the lobster pot found in Dorset two years ago, the jet lobster from Whitby (three years ago) and various stones which have been kicking about the stone box for ages. I also bought some more faux coral from Lisa for this, which is a kind of a revisit of "Blue Sunset on the Grey Lagoon".

The Lobster Quadrille:

The Lobster Quadrille (WIP) 6

Blue Sunset on the Grey Lagoon:

Blue Sunset On The Grey Lagoon - Professional Photograph

It has been interesting revisiting an old piece. The Lobster Quadrille relates to Blue Sunset in form and materials but not exactly. I've also decided to use a few new techniques in it, such as granulation.

If I'm being honest, I feel a bit guilty about copying my own work!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

rolling stones

My stone-dealer, Marcia Lanyon, visited today.
Result? Broke! Pictures tomorrow.

Monday, April 19, 2010

open olympics!

Here is a strange project to gather 2012 photographs about "Olympic" (and variations) which have no reference to the "Olympic Games" before the actual games happen!

My entry:

A full explanation on the original photograph, here:

Olympic Tooth Company, Back

Sunday, April 18, 2010


Just got back from my spring break (the free-thinker's "easter") in Brighton and the Isle of Man. Unfortunately, I'm really tired as I had to get up at 05.45 this morning in order to get a train home as my flight was cancelled. Bed for now and pictures and comments later in the week.