Kilcreggan – Helensburgh daytrip

Day trip to Kilcreggan

Taking the ferry over to Kilcreggan then cycling round the bay to Helensburgh.

Rhu Bay

A short stop half way around the bay, its good drawing the people fishing by this mini beacon type building apparently its pretty good for sea trout and mackerel.

Riverhill Courtyard

After arriving in Helensburgh had some lunch at Riverhill Courtyard which I’ve been looking forward to trying out. It has really spacious main room with carved wooden struts giving the place a really clean old/new look.

Helensburgh promenade

There’s quite a bit of construction work going on at Helensburgh at the moment so the promenade is a bit shorter at the moment. I used to be able to get the ferry back to Gourock from here, but they’ve stopped it fairly recently.

Last ferry back home

Last ferry back home

Kelvingrove bowling, Commonwealth games

Kelvingrove rough drawing

Kelvingrove on easel

Bowling at Kelvingrove

This was one of those strange but good jobs that come across now and then. I was asked to do a painting for the BBC for a feature they were doing about the Scottish bowling team being picked for the Commonwealth games this year. I had to do a painting of the team bowling in front of Kelvingrove but unfortunately the season hadn’t started yet so I had to make do.

It was good fun to do getting filmed painting outside.

One Cove Road

I’ve just recently finished a set of illustrations for a local café in Gourock, One Cove Road. It was pretty much an ideal job, and was really happy as its the first local jobs I’ve done.

Cakes

The great selection of cakes

Scottish Full Breakfast

Full Scottish breakfast

View from One Cove Road

View of the Clyde (the water)

Bar/Gantry - One Cove Road

The bar and gantry

Coffee area

The Coffee area

One Cove Road

Valhalla’s Goat

Valhalla's Goat

A small cute whisky sampler from the excellent shop, Valhalla’s Goat.

St Enoch

St Enoch

The Glasgow underground is slowly getting renovated, with the white tiles slowly covering the brown ones.

At Dr Sketchys over at Stereo

At Dr Sketchys over at Stereo, the act was a ventriloquist

the act was a puppeteer

New Paintings

Claire flowers

Claire, flowers

Vivi by the Clyde

Vivi by the Clyde

A couple of new paintings, the Frames Gallery has started to take on some of my new work, they’ll be shown in the London Affordable Art Fair 13-16 March.

Kunst Unterricht

Kunst Unterricht

A couple of pages from the German school teaching resource all centred around sketchbook work.

Tanker at Greenock Docks

tanker

A wee drawing of a gigantic tanker. I saw this huge thing driving past, so dropped of my car and went closer to see if I could draw it, I hadn’t taken into account the closer I got the less I could see in my field of view. A lot of it was obscured by piles of dirt that was getting moved.

Trip to Bute

On the ferry to Rothesay

On a day trip to the Isle of Bute, it started off a beautiful sunny day with long shadows, perfect for drawing and painting.

Crocuses at the water's edge

Crocuses at the water’s edge

Port Bannatyne post office

I try and pop into this post office and café when ever I’m in Bute. Always a good place for a snack and a really good made cup of coffee, maybe one of the best on the west coast. The window seats are ideal for drawing the port as there’s a great view of the port, I’ve only caught a small area here.

Licensed to Sell Tea

A sign outside the Black Bull Inn in Rothesay.

Isle of Bute Fold

Mill Clydesdales

A few times when I’ve cycled past here, I’ve seen the farmers practise taking the Clydesdale horses out with a carriage. The carriage they use is on metal sleds which may (I’m guessing) is for the weight and build their strength.

Ferry home

Feast on the ferry home.