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This month I start receiving my state pension! I still need to continue working but it does make things much easier which allows me to perhaps indulge more in my painting rather than always concentrating on earning a living. Anyway, I did get an early pre- 65th birthday present from my wife Mary in the form of a beautiful book on Andrew Wyeth (and his artist son Jamie) to add to my collection of Wyeth publications – Wyeth: Andrew & Jamie in the Studio. I just wanted to quote from the foreword by Christoph Heinrich:

Often rebuked by critics for their failure to "keep up", the Wyeths have remained steadfast in their singular artistic approach and view of the world. It is perhaps this reticence to join the movement of the moment that marks them as the most radical of artists.

NOVEMBER 2017

It's been a very quiet summer and the weather hasn't been the best. Travel-wise we had a short trip up to Arisaig in April but it was pretty cold. Went to Ullapool for about 10 days in May and had a very good time. First two days were very hot (we had a night travelling up at Invernahavon, a lovely wee campsite). Thereafter the weather was okay but we only had maybe three afternoons with some good light. By chance met a picture framer who used to work at Bourne.

In August had a week at Sunnyside Croft campsite near Arisaig. Rained every day bar one but would clear every afternoon, even if briefly. We saw a lot of rain, probably the wettest week I've ever had on the west coast. But from my point of view got some excellent light effects – better than clear blue skies!

I am now nearly finished painting for my Scottish Gallery show in February – has gone well and very pleased with the paintings. Paintings being photographed next month and remaining frames and gilding to be done over the following months, but everything well on target.

I have included a photo of dead stoat found roadside. They sometimes bounce along the dyke just at the window of our conservatory. One came along just when a pheasant was nearby with her two remaining chicks .... didn't see the chicks again.

SEPTEMBER 2017

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I really enjoyed the Neil Macdonald exhibiion at the Open Eye gallery. A lovely take on very Scottish subject matter, combined with excellent draughtsmanship and quite a painterly technique, all provide for a very refreshing show – as can be seen from this novel depiction of the Bass Rock.