Cassis by J.D. Ferguson

I have competed this write up some days after visiting the McLean Museum and Art Gallery in Greenock, Scotland. JD Ferguson is one of the four famous Scottish Colourists. I would have imagined the painting was completed at a single session. Perhaps the artist is ‘time stamping’ his creation into a specific day. This is… Continue reading Cassis by J.D. Ferguson

The Bonny Barques

I had come to realise that the membership of the Probus Club in Irvine (Scotland) and also its invited speakers could describe a rich vein of life experience and knowledge. And all was undertaken in a manner of jovial banter and a certain forthright honesty.  When one of the members described a ‘folk memory’ of… Continue reading The Bonny Barques

Samuel Peploe in Greenock

(Written while studying ‘Stlll Life’ by Samuel Peploe in Greenock in the McLean Museum and Art Gallery.) The colour palette is subdued. The jug and fruit stand are essentially white – likewise the fabrics and napkins. Apples with their full colour are prominent but the highest accolade is with the oranges on the raised platter.… Continue reading Samuel Peploe in Greenock

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Plein Air Day at Troon Art Club

It was the warmest day of the year. We gathered at the car park of the Marine Hotel in Troon while all around activity was on going for the 2024 Open Golf Championship. We eventually got going sometime after 11 o’clock. Preparations had been made. A trusty easel from my teenage years had been spruced… Continue reading Plein Air Day at Troon Art Club

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Robert Burns in Irvine

Robert Burns and his younger brother Gilbert were encouraged by their father to grow acreage of flax on the family farm at Lochlea. There was also some level of encouragement from the government to raise the crop, though the viability of the crop would subsequently be challenged by imported cotton from America. The treated flax… Continue reading Robert Burns in Irvine