Wednesday, 30 June 2010


Ah the joys of the Ritz Cafe in Millport. Like a time warp. Wonderful ice cream.

Friday, 25 June 2010

On the beach

OK I'm fed up with South Africa. Went for a walk on the beach at Troon and found all these fisherman's gloves. Don't they look great.

Thursday, 24 June 2010

South Africa

A side street in Cape Town. I like the composition with the palm tree as the focal point.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

South Africa

These are two of the debating chambers in the South African Parliament buildings. The bottom picture is the current Parliament chamber. On the left hand side front row by the Speakers podium is a seat with the coat of arms carved at the front of the desk. This is where Jacob Zuma sits.
The dark chamber in the first photo is the old one where the apartheid laws were passed in the sixties. Today the ANC use it for committee meetings. You have to admit that's quite amusing.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

South Africa

Lunch in the Company Gardens. Nice place to sit.

Monday, 21 June 2010

South Africa

Right in the middle of down town Cape Town are the Company Gardens. Started by the Dutch as vegetable and fruit gardens to re-supply ships which made it that far south, the gardens are now a recreational area much used by Capetonians and tourists alike. There is a great wee restaurant in the gardens which is a popular place to lunch. Part of the old gardens now house Government buildings and the South African National Gallery.

Friday, 18 June 2010

South Africa

Our tour of South Africa continues with a look at Green Point Stadium where tonight England play Algeria. There is the players eye view as they enter the stadium through the players entrance. The players warm up court. The players bathrooms...and the stadium interior.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

South Africa

Great Coca Cola ads on this shop...and look at the big bottle.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

South Africa

SO...back to our little tour of South Africa. This is Green Market Square right in the centre of Cape Town. The market stretches through the main square and surrounding pedestrian walkways.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Hutcheson's Grammar School Annual Art Exhibition

OK, I'm interrupting my planned visual tour of South Africa...I know it only started yesterday but sometimes you've just got to go with what comes along. What came along last night was the Annual Art Exhibition at Hutcheson's Grammar School in Glasgow. It's always good but this year is exceptional. You've got enthusiastic and talented teachers and enthusiastic and talented students. It's a huge exhibition covering a wide area of creativity. No wonder so many of their young students get places in the various art schools. Well done Hutchie . I'm an ex was SO different in my day...Art consisted of one still life, one figure composition, one design and a written paper. Thank goodness for the creative freedoms enjoyed today.

Monday, 14 June 2010

South Africa

May as well join in on World Cup fever and show you some images of South Africa. This is one of the mosques in the colourful BoKaap district of Cape Town.

Friday, 11 June 2010

GSA Degree Show.....Mhairi Sharp

Took these images on my mobile so they are a bit iffy......but great wax shoes by Mhairi Sharp...
and a nice torn mural as well.

GSA Degree Show...Georgia Jean McDowell

From painting and printmaking we have Georgia Jean McDowell. Terrific works on a variety of surfaces. A mixture of print and paint. Selling well. Girls got a future.

Degree Show...the Yellow Van

First time ever....The Yellow Van selling a variety of drawings, sculptures, badges and all sorts at vastly inflated a pound! or maybe three pounds or...if your really pushing the boat out £25. Well done. Everyone should buy something here.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

The Aspect Prize 2010

Here's a glimpse of The Aspect Prize Entrants Exhibition during hanging. Yesterday was judging day and four finalists were chosen from the 150 or so entries. The finalists will be announced at the opening of the exhibition tomorrow evening in the Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, High Street, Paisley. Starts at 7pm.......

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

The garden

This was the cherry blossom in the garden just a few weeks ago....

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Solo exhibition

This is the final week of the solo exhibition in London. Closes Sunday so there's still time to go and have a look.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Village Gala

It was Gala Day in the village on Saturday. The sun shone. I made pancakes. A lot of fun was had by everyone.

Friday, 4 June 2010

Solo exhibition

This one is Monchique in northern Algarve...up in the hills.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Solo exhibition

Another new painting...this one of Salir in the Algarve

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Solo exhibition

This painting of an old dirt road in Portugal is on show at The Richmond Hill Gallery until June 13th.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Afternoon tea

A wonderful afternoon tea round at Chris and Morag's on Bank Holiday Monday. Beautiful day. Especially yummy strawberry tart.