Fireworks Studio

Fireworks Studio

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My first attempts

I’ve just started a course in ceramics at the Fireworks Studio in Glasgow. its a great class aimed at beginners and I’m still hard at work on doing the very basic such as centering the clay and simple throwing techniques. I’m finding it quite difficult to do, I started of quite well, then after an hour or so just lost the knack of it. The same thing happened on the second class – hubris? I’m going to keep at it and see if I can make some progress, so far its hard work! The lessons are super friendly though and top marks for the tutor.

Fireworks Studio
35a Dalhousie street
Glasgow G3 6PW

Burr & Co

Burr & Co

Burr & Co

A new addition to the Edinburgh coffee scene, with a beautifully designed interior and coffee by Caravan.

Burr & Co
20 George Street
Edinburgh EH2 2PB

Civerinos

Civerinos

Edinburgh’s Italians pizza slice bar. Loved the place, food and white wall text were fun to draw.

Civerinos
5 Hunter Sq.
Edinburgh, EH1 1QW

Meadow Road Coffee

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Meadow Road Coffee
579 Dumbarton Rd,
Glasgow G11 6HY

Dear Green Coffee

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Part of my illustrated coffee cup series

Dear Green Coffee

One Cove Road

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Part of my illustrated coffee cup series

One Cove Road
Gourock PA19 1RS

Waterstones, Byres Road

Waterstones book shop

Waterstones book shop

First time visiting the relatively new book shop/café on Byres Road in Glasgow’s west end. Its great seeing a new book shop open and the café has great window perfect for overcast winter days.

Waterstones
351-355 Byres Road,
Glasgow, G12 8AU

Scottish National Portrait Gallery – Edinburgh

Scottish National Portrait Gallery - Edinburgh

From a trip to check out the BP Portrait award over at the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh and caught this small exhibition of portrait sculpture. I ran out of space on my page and added the little figure on the swing later.

Peña Exhibition

Peńa customers

Watercolour portrait

The original watercolours are quite small measuring 10cm x 15cm.

Peńa illustrated paper cup

I’ve got an exhibition at the coffee shop Peńa on Eton Lane in Glasgow. Its a selection of 20 watercolour portraits of some of the customers. I’ll also be showing a selection of illustrated coffee cups as well. Thanks to Rosie and Rowena and Rachel of Glasgow City Arts for helping to organise it and getting the customers to get involved!!

16 – 21st December 2015
and 4 – 9th January 2016

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Pena Toastie & Coffee Bar,
5 Eton Lane, Glasgow, G12

Kelvingrove Museum Plein Air

Kelvingrove Museum

Kelvingrove Museum

I’ve been meaning to upload this painting I had done during the plain air competition Pintar Rapido back in August. It was the first time I’ve ever taken part in a painting “competition” as such, I even couldn’t decided if I wanted to take part until the day before! The first thing I noticed is when I’m out sketching its very foot back in style, I’ll aways keep an eye out on what would look good or simply draw if I’m at one spot for any length of time. For sure there are times where I’ll have a general idea of a painting in mind, get the right time of day and go ahead. This time with a board under my arm and equipment in a bag it was a whole new feeling of wandering around trying to find a good spot to paint, wholly underprepared. The mind set was different as well, going from thinking that view could work I had to commit as time passed. The big part of the competition was you’d get your paper/canvasses stamped in the morning then you’d deliver your paintings in the afternoon. After a few very light showers I ended up in Kelvingrove Museum drawing a ridiculously complex scene!

I didn’t finish it as much as I wished and ran out of time. If I did it again I would certainly plan it out more and maybe pick a simpler scene.