I was also thrilled to receive my first commission focused on this series of paintings, from the other land of the free that isn’t Coatbridge – the USA!
My brief was to paint two boys wearing a specific tartan (Smith Modern, tartan fans) and my approach was to take it very seriously indeed. Even when painting for someone else I can’t help but throw all my gusto, almost everything I have, at it before I am happy with the results.
I painted two paintings to make sure I didn’t drop my basket with all my eggs in it and I really slogged it out with them both. I sometimes wish my inner artist would find easier ways to finish paintings but he simply won’t listen to reason or representations from the Scottish Artists’ Union.
The saga, though, has the happiest of endings as I’ve recently found out both of the paintings of boys were sold as soon as they reached the gallery.
Along the way I also painted another in the series showing two girls (it’s becoming one of those big families). It is currently showing at The Velvet Easel in Portobello and I hope it finds a home soon.
And so to the future and what is coming next. Depending on where you are and how easily you are able to navigate these easings, you may be interested in two upcoming shows my work can be seen in.
The first starts May 22nd at Gallery Q in Dundee
The second is the much anticipated Big Summer Show which starts Friday 4th June at The Lemond Gallery (this one is like T in the Park for Scottish artists but in Bearsden in a gallery).
I’ll get in touch again soon to give you all the details. But it won’t count as showing off because I’ll be doing it for the benefit of Scottish cultural sector which needs all the help it can get.
Thanks for reading and looking and I will see you very soon!