September Painting – Dunrobin

Dunrobin Castle on the East Coast of Scotland features in my painting of the month. The ancestral home of the Dukes of Sutherland features a baroque mansion in the style of the French Chateau. The art collection includes works by Canaletto, Reynolds, Sir Thomas Lawrence and many of the best Scottish portraitists.  David Herbert, a…

Inverness Art Gallery

Inverness is a lovely city to visit especially when the sun is shining which it was for us. The capital of the Highlands. It is a city of spires with some wonderful medieval and nineteenth century architecture, which the town planners haven’t completely obliterated with their sixties and seventies concrete edifices. The only Loch Ness…

Kirkcudbright

Kirkcudbright (pronounced Cur-Coo-Brie I think) was a most unlikely spot for such an artistic surprise on our travels around Scotland. We discovered it was called the “Artists Town“ so decided to tarry a-while and investigate. It became a haven for many great Scottish artists from about 1890 right through to the 1980s. Like Newlyn, St…

The Shah-Nama

The Shah-Nama is an epic poem from Persia written over a thousand years ago and was the subject of my dissertation, submitted today for the University of Warwick – Yippee. So back to other exhibitions now. The Book of Kings, the literal translation of  Shah-Nama which, traces the line of Persian rulers from the beginning of…