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Ullapool: A night and a day

I first heard of Ullapool from my great-gran. It was July’s photo on her People’s Friend Scenes of Scotland 1973 calender.  Later there were tales about my mum’s childhood visits…

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Inspired in the Outer Hebrides: 3 Future Paintings

It’s nigh-on impossible not to be inspired by the wild land and seascapes of the Outer Hebrides. I went there with creative block that had been hanging around for several…

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6 Reasons why Artists should visit the Outer Hebrides

For the purposes of this post, Outer Hebrides only means the isles of Lewis and Harris. But there are plenty more that coil from the southern tip of the largest…

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May 2018: Monthly Round-up

I’m back with my monthly summaries, this one for May 2018, after not having my usual burst of energy lately. May 2018 has been a time of change for me,…

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Radiotherapy : 5 things that have helped my recovery

I wasn’t planning on writing much about my radiotherapy treatment on my blog. Stars & Stems is about my art, but it is part of my life so perhaps deserves…

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Artist date on Millport island

I recently received a Facebook invitation to a weekend artist date. We would setting up our easels on the beach and capturing Millport in glorious spring colour or good old monochrome. For…

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Yard Works: Street Art in Glasgow

This weekend Glasgow welcomes Yard Works 2018. And I’m certainly looking forward to seeing how they follow last year’s event. To remind everyone of what to expect, here’s a taste…

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Barbara Hepworth Museum: Favourite places to see art

An afternoon well spent…

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A kimono inspired dress from old fabric

This gorgeous kimono inspired frock is made from… a kimono!  It was made for me by a talented Japanese designer named Kazuko Nakazuma. The dress itself was a gift from…

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Sketching on North Berwick beach

Sketching on the beach…

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Turning 50: How I spent my big day

Milestone birthdays can be hard to get your head round and turning 50 definitely packs a punch. And so far I love it!   I always celebrate birthdays, even if I…

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March 2018: Monthly round-up

Deary me, March 2018! You have been keeping me busy. What with a new art job, commissions, another holiday in Spain and those blessed hospital visits, I’ve hardly had time…

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