Sheep, Daisies and Seascape Cupcakes

Thank you to everyone who came to the official opening of my Edges Exhibition last night for your support and enthusiasm, conversation and comments. I greatly appreciate it. Thanks also to Skye Baking Co for the delicious catering, including assorted mini-breads and the cupcakes themed to my paintings — sheep, daisies, and seascapes.

Sheep, daisies and seascape blues... cupcakes made by The Isle of Skye Baking Company for my exhibition opening.
Sheep, daisies and seascape blues… cupcakes made by The Isle of Skye Baking Company for my exhibition opening.
Sheep, daisies and seascape blues... cupcakes made by The Isle of Skye Baking Company for my exhibition opening.
Sheep, daisies and seascape blues… cupcakes made by The Isle of Skye Baking Company for my exhibition opening.

Not the Road to My Studio

I pondered doing an April Fool’s about this being a photo of the road to my studio…

Stuck in an Artistic Rut

For the record: when taking the photo my feet were securely on a stretch of single-track, tarred road.

Turner Painting Canaletto Painting Venice

This detail from a Turner oil painting of Venice, first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1833 over a decade after Turner visited the city, shows Canaletto painting one of his magnificent views of Venice. As the wall label in Tate Britain (where I came across it) pointed out, Canaletto’s canvas on his easel is “already improbably framed”. This tiny detail in the painting, so easily overlooked, makes me smile every time. The rest of the painting doesn’t do much for me; I prefer Turner’s wilder pieces where he paints mostly the atmosphere and weather.

Turner Painting Canaletto in Venice
“Bridge of Sighs, Ducal Palace and Custom-House, Venice: Canaletti Painting” by JMW Turner. Tate Britain. Oil on wood. 511 x 816 mm.