Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Found this in amongst old family photos. Not sure
who it belongs to. A friend who knows a lot about
cars says it's a Daimler. I suppose we are looking at
sometime around 1920. Great car. I know my
great grandfather had a car but was it a Daimler?

Monday, 30 January 2012

Last week brought snow and mist. Always an interesting combination.
It was wet snow so didn't last. Would be nice to have a couple of weeks
of dry snow and blue skies.

Friday, 27 January 2012

A wee bit of Mexican decoration

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Huck Bergius

These fabulous crosses are made by Glasgow based Huck Bergius.
Huck uses hand made antique English stained glass. The crosses
are approximately 25 cms by 17 cms. Hang them in windows, prop
them on windowsills. I have mine sitting on the mantlepiece.
You can contact Huck on:


There are more photographs which I will put up in a day or two.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Brough Superior motorbikes

This is a very rare photograph of the workshop owned by
George Brough where Brough Superior motorbikes were made.
My Grandfather was an engineer for Brough and worked on the
bike made for TE Lawrence. I sent a copy of the photo to the
Brough Superior Club and they loved it. We are awaiting any
responses to it being published in their newsletter.
The works were in Nottingham.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Annette Edgar

A visit to Annette Edgar's studio is always a treat. When I
found a swathe of oil sketches stapled to the wall I was
very excited and determined to leave with one...which
I did. It's a wee beauty and I'm looking forward to having
it framed.

Monday, 23 January 2012


Went for a walk along the shore at Dunure. A very windy
and dramatic experience. It was terrific.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Tim Dann

Tim Dann is a sculptor living and working in Chelsea.
Brought up in Uganda, he studied at Birmingham
School of Art after which he joined the BBC as a set
designer eventually becoming freelance and working
on many TV commercials.
Now he works as a sculptor making detailed and
wonderful works many of which are based on
his life long love of Africa where he has a home.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Another version of the Mexican Angel

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

A wee Mexican angel

The Lewis Man

For those of you who read The Black House (highest selling
Scottish crime thriller in 2011 in Scotland), the second in
the series has just been published. I started it last night.
Am hooked already.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Lovely colourful pegs on a Greek fishing boat.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

The Lone Ranger

For those of you brought up in the fifties, The Lone Ranger was the
greatest show on TV. My Mum made me a Lone Ranger outfit when
I was about six and I used to swagger round Rutherglen Park (which
was opposite our house) with my six guns and my stetson.
Friends have given us this life size Lone Ranger and Tonto and the
fabulous wee badge which I'm told pre dates the TV series. All these
were sent years ago from Ohio. The only Sunday Herald and Examiner
(as on the badge) that I can find was based in LA and folded in 1989
Hi Yo Silver!

Friday, 13 January 2012

This painting and one other is going into a new exhibition in Wimbledon

Exhibition of Scottish Painters
Private View 29th January, 2012 - Private View 12 - 3.30pm
Exhibition dates 30th January - 11th February

Stafford Gallery in association with Wimbledon Fine Art
41 Church Road
Wimbledon Village
SW19 5DQ
07939 048 436 or 020 8944 6593

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

A little more old wooden letterpress

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

A look at a few of the wooden letterpress letters in our collection.
Very few printers still use these. There is one, I think in Nashville,
who is famous for still creating works on the old printing presses.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Still in Greece. These roadside shrines are everywhere.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

I like this photograph. Something went horribly wrong but the end
result is very interesting. Every so often this happens.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Another wee sketch from Beaujolais.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Here's a sketch looking from Moiré in Beaujolais towards
Bagnols. Might get a few of these framed.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Another wee sketch to take our minds off the weather.
This one is in Beaujolais. Looking through the gates of
the chateau in Moiré from the courtyard.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Happy New Year everyone. Ah how I would like to feast your
eyes on snow scenes with blue skies and deep frosts. No such
luck. The weather here is ghastly, wet, dark, windy and generally
horrid. Somehow we survived today's storm with relatively
little damage.
Instead here's a sketch I did in Balthazars in New York.
It's a cheery little thing. Balthazars is as French as it gets
in NYC and a great place for brunch.