A3 Poster
Flask Monsters
Flask Monsters - Out Of Sight Out Of Mind

Out of Sight Out of Mind

Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

Summerhall, Edinburgh (ends 30 October 2021)

I recently designed another A3 poster for the Out Of Sight Out Of Mind exhibition now showing in Summerhall, Edinburgh until 30 October.

Out of Sight Out of Mind is part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival year-round programme and features digital artwork, installations, films, projections, animations, sculptures, photography, paintings and drawings from people who have personal experience of mental health issues.

I am showing one small work:

Flask Monsters
Acrylic, Oilstick, Chinagraph Pencil & Pencil on Canvas
30.5 x 30.5 cm | 4 February 2021

From L to R: Ashland Found Face (Washed Up), Ashland Ballet & Ashland Crow Children (Flapping Out Of Ash Towards The Rising Sun)

Granton Hub Madelvic House, Granton Park Avenue, Edinburgh EH5 1HS

granton:hub is pleased to announce that our community is now included in the ‘Coastal Knowledge’ project funded by the RSE Young Academy Scotland and led by Dr Niki Vermeulen (University of Edinburgh) celebrating Scotland’s (prolonged) year of coast and waters.

As a coastal community, Granton plays a part in developing diverse forms of knowledge about the coast and experiences that people have living and working on the coast.

The Recycl-Age Art exhibition was selected as part of this Coastal Knowledge project and is included in the 2021 Edinburgh Science festival, offering artists a unique opportunity to showcase their work. Recycl-Age Art 2021 includes painters, printmakers, collage artists, ceramicists, illustrators, photographers, textile artists, jewellers, composers, poets and makers. Many artworks incorporate recycled elements, indeed several are made of 100% recycled and repurposed materials. Some artists reflect on what recycling means to them, figuratively or conceptually

With contributions from: Marta Adamowicz –  Elise Ashby – Anna Baran – Emily Brooks Millar – Sandra Brown – Megan Chapman – Erin Colquhoun – Michael Dawson – Gina Fierlafijn Reddie – Penny Forbes – Komachi Goto – David Gray – Lorna Johnson – Jessica Kirkpatrick – Victor Nobis – Valerie O’Regan – Abigail Osborne – Ludovica Perosin – Ian Reddie – Judith Shaylor – Jacqueline Thow – Mark Urban – Rosemary Walker – Bev Wright

I am thrilled to have 3 pieces of 3D work accepted for this exhibition.

Please visit - art and recycling are important!



Withered Crown cd cover

It’s difficult to become motivated and inspired during this madness when culture has been closed down and the colour rinsed out of our days but try we must. I try to be mindful of the moment in my shrunken world. I have been moved by small things; a crow landing on the beach, frost glitter, the stark skeleton trees and the changing light as the sun sets on another winter day.


With no exhibitions and galleries closed, my inspiration comes largely from books and less so the Internet. However, I am lucky to be still working in a gallery and to see such wonders as Vincent Van Gogh’s Olive Trees, Rembrandt’s Self-portrait (1655) and John Singer Sargent’s Lady Agnew of Lochnaw when the gallery is empty is a privilege.

Cy Twombly by Jonas Storsve is a beautiful book (a birthday gift in January) that I cannot stop looking at.

All my amazing Basquiat books but especially Jean-Michel Basquiat by Dieter Buchhart.

In 2018 the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, held exhibitions on two of the greatest artists of the 20th century - Egon Schiele, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. This was the last trip I made overseas before the madness.

Paul McCartney Paintings - Little, Brown and Company. I bought this book in Dublin in 2001 and recently picked it up to thumb through. I love Big Mountain Face, Dark Faces and Bowie Spewing.

Derek Jarman's Garden by Derek Jarman and Howard Sooley. I have to see Prospect Cottage one of these days.

Anton Corbijn interview Gagosian Quarterly An interesting interview especially for lovers of Bowie and Joy Division.


John & Yoko / Plastic Ono Band (Christmas Gift) is the definitive exploration of John Lennon’s first major solo album after the break-up of the Beatles, Yoko’s accompanying album and the three singles that preceded it (‘Give Peace A Chance’, ‘Cold Turkey’ and ‘Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)’).

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Corvus: A Life With Birds - Esther Woolfson

The Book of Ichigo Ichie: The Art of Making the Most of Every Moment, the Japanese Way – Francesc Miralles and Héctor García

Mojo Collectors The Beatles Red & Blue 1962-1970

Grapefruit: A Book of Instructions and Drawings – Yoko Ono


David Bowie – Look At The Moon! (Live Phoenix Festival 97)

Idiot Prayer – Nick Cave

Archaeology – The Rutles

Double Fantasy Stripped Down – John Lennon / Yoko Ono

Life's Too Good - The Sugarcubes

Low – David Bowie

Lost In Translation Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack

Catalpa – Jolie Holland

Happy Songs For Happy People - Mogwai

Gimme Some Truth – John Lennon

Miles In Berlin – Miles Davis

Luxa – Harold Budd (now sadly, no longer with us)

Withered Crown/Ember Months/Flowerts Will Come – My latest homemade compilation painting CD.


Lost In Translation (again!)

Museum Hours (again!)

A Hard Day’s Night

The White Crow

Life Is Beautiful (Roberto Benigni)

The Affair (Season 1 & 2)

Spiral (Series 1)

BBC iPlayer – Age Of The Image (James Fox), Keith Haring: Street Art Boy, Monitor: Pop Goes The Easel (Ken Russell), The Romantics and Us with Simon Schama, Civilisations (Mary Beard, David Olusoga & Simon Schama), Maggi Hambling: Making Love with the Paint, Emin/Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed, Fierce Women – Yoko (Yoko Ono).


The fact that this can’t go on forever! Frosty walks. Wardie Bay. The thought of Ripon & North Yorkshire in June. My new Denon D-M41DAB Micro Hi-Fi system. Tanka poetry.


When I run after what I think I want,
My days are a furnace of distress and anxiety;
If I sit in my own place of patience,
What I need flows to me,
And without any pain.

From this I understand that
What I want also wants me,
Is looking for me
And attracting me;
When it cannot attract me
Any more to go to it,
It has to come to me.

There is a great secret
In this for anyone
Who can grasp it. – Rumi