Found a great area for large rolling waves yesterday - on the way down south to Sumburgh. It was late afternoon and icy cold as I perched on the black rocks close to where huge rollers were breaking over the rocks sending vast plumes of spray into the air. As the waves broke the sea was an incredible turquoise colour. I couldn't draw fast enough, especially with frozen fingers.  I had planned to return there today with paint, but as usual the Shetland weather got the better of my plans - there was no wind and lots of sun. So a day in the studio instead. The drawings are feeding new paintings. Images to follow.. 
Have been plundering the Shetland Museum Archives at Lerwick for 18th&19thC images and writings related to Haaf Fishing, and have begun to combine them with my paintings. These are experimental pieces - at the moment I can't make them very large as the printer here is only A4 and not particularly sophisticated. Assembled together they suggest a narrative.. 


  1. I can see the O'Donoghue style in these new works.
    # 4 is the most whole of the four. The other seem to me two images combinde, but not to a whole. They have to be made all yours. That can be gruling work. Actually i think your sketches with the written images or drypoint might work better.
    Spring and sunshine from the Northwest.

  2. I like the new experiements. Nice to encorporate some of thew history of the place. And don't worry i don't think it looks collagey

  3. not sure about narrative because it suggests end and start points - these work for me in clockwise rotation; although the bottom right quadrant is the most coherent and resolved, my eye is always drawn back up to the figure group. I like the inclusion of the young boy btw; he suggests the cyclical nature of the fishing, and something spoken quietly about inheritance and bloodlines (but also makes me think of Wm Bell Scott's geordie pit boy - who has his eye on the past while his sister lloks to the future) There's something arresting about the repetetive pattern of the slant in the handwriting; illegible on this scale, but reminiscent of rain and movement when thrown against the sky. It might be association rather than narrative...Do some more.

  4. I like these experiments: the maps, the calligraphy, the old pics... yes I can see the influence of O'Donoghue too.


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