Friday, November 13, 2015

New Watercolour - The Exorcist

A favourite topic of conversation in the pubs around Gwelf is the legendary and elusive exorcist, Nanny Furlong.  Here we see here on Cabbage Street in the suburb of Inverary standing in front of the site of a recent cleansing.  The offending poltergeist captured and trapped within her traveling case.  Her recent notoriety has caused her to use evasion spells and even those that know where she lives get lost and confused.

Just a quick reminder -  I will be heading to Burbank California in a few days for the CTNX animation convention, so if you are in the area please stop by and say hello.  November 20 - 22.

More soon.

Monday, November 2, 2015

New Art Book - CTN

I have a new art book coming out called Traditional Magic.  I and it will be at the CTNX animation show in Burbank California a few weeks from now.  I will be signing my book, doing a live painting demo and hanging around for a few days.  Please stop by and say hello if you are in the area.

A few sample pages.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

New Paint and Etsy Update

I have been doing series this year which I have been calling Woodland Nudes - Nymphs, Pixies, Faeries and Sprites.  I have just put some of them up on etsy for those interested parties oriented around whismy and foolishness.

Also - several new gouache sketches featuring mythic women on the move - running nymph, leaping faun and harvest sprite.

Thanks again for stopping by.

More soon.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Gwelf Travel Update - The Teasel Leaf Tavern

It has been a while since I have had a chance to visit Gwelf, distracted as I was by lesser responsibilities, but I have been able to find a bit of time on this blustery autumn weekend and so we shall proceed.

This time we are going to take a look at The Teasel Leaf Tavern.  It is a little off the beaten path, situated as it is out near the wild and woolly northern boundary.  However it has become a favourite destination for a small but loyal band of adventuring pear brandy enthusiasts.  A hearty group of characters undeterred by fear or distance.

As we all know October is the end of walking season in Gwelf due to the increased witch activity that comes with the colder weather. And yet every year, at about this time, there are those willing to take this risky excursion from the more civilized areas of Gwelf and arrive at the Teasel just as a new keg of brandy is tapped for the season.  For the true aficionados, a little danger only increases the pleasure of a new vintage.  What could be more thrilling than to sit snug and warm inside the tavern, sipping pear brandy as the sun goes down with the potential threat of a witch incursion at any moment?  This is what these sturdy yet discerning adventurers live for.

The nocturnal divide between October and November is widely considered to be the unofficial start of the witching season in Gwelf. And yet there are always a few over zealous covens wanting to get a head start on the proceedings and may begin their felonious activities even sooner.  This makes travel to the outer boundaries treacherous and inadvisable after the 15th.  One would hate to be kidnapped or vandalized just before Christmas.

As the year advances and autumn dissolves into winter, witch activity increases and becomes more dangerous. By February the residents of Gwelf will be hibernating in their little homes, candles lit, shutters closed, patiently waiting for spring.

One ray of sunlight in this dim story is the emergence of a new coven in the area seeking to balance the dark with the light.  The String Weavers are a small local coven of benevolent yet secretive witches who cast a healing influence over the neighbourhood of the Teasel and attempt to mitigate the shadow of the infernal winter covens.  This is not easy of course but they are committed and determined, thus making your chances of achieving a snifter of pear brandy on the outer reaches of Gwelf just a little bit better before the cold winds of November make it impossible.

As usual this travel update is simply a reminder to take care and be safe when trekking in Gwelf. Take nothing for granted and watch for the signs.  Good luck.

More soon.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Reading The Dead

New watercolour and gouache painting - Reading the Dead.  A woodland nymph meditates in the presence of a troll skull.

More soon.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Recent Sketchbook

Some recent pencil activity.  Faeries and sprites and a few other meadow dwellers - just for fun.

More soon, and thanks again for stopping by.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

The Wise Raven

New Watercolour.

The Wise Raven or Raven Witch is seen here in her natural habitat, the woods and fields around her home.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015


A new watercolour in my ongoing series of woodland nudes and the pencil rough from which it sprang.

More soon.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Northern Wood Sprite

New painting.  This is mostly watercolour with some gouache to finish it off.

It looks like I will be going to CTN this year, so if you are in the LA area in November, please stop by.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

New Watercolour - Sprite in the Open

Another one from the Nymphs and Pixies series that I have been working on lately.

Thanks again for stopping by.   More soon.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

New Watercolour - Chai Pixie

I'm on a bit of a painting binge right now and while I have the time I am going to continue to make pictures.  This is Chai Pixie.  Still busy - more soon and thanks again for stopping by.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Two New Watercolours

Two new watercolours - Dancing Nymph and The Last Days of Autumn.  I have also included a couple of preliminary pencil drawings.

In the first one a Woodland Nymph has climbed up onto a root tendril. She is dancing to celebrate the late but welcome arrival of spring.  I see her dance as being slow like Tai Chi or Yoga, but when you look away she will be gone.

This next one I am calling The Last Days of Autumn.  Once you get into October any warm day could be the last one, so I try to enjoy each and every one, not knowing when the last warm day will actually be.  Here a couple of Meadow Sprites are sunning themselves on a petrified troll skull.  Lazy Sprites.

Thanks again for stopping by.  More soon.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Recent Sketchbook

Just back from a two week stint in the Arctic. For years now I have been working on an ongoing project concerning the mythology of the Arctic and now I have finally made a trip up there to breathe in the atmosphere and get a proper feel for the landscape. It was a very fun and exciting adventure.

Now that I am back I have been in my sketchbook and here are a couple of recent sketches.

More soon and thanks again for stopping by.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Garden Faerie

Fresh spring rains are falling and washing away the last of the persistent winter snow.  These feral little creatures can now be observed in your garden if you are sneaky and patient.  I should probably remind you that these little beings can be aggressive and if you try to catch one you may get scratched.  Be careful and be quiet.

More soon and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Book of Beasties

The Book of Beasties is my most recent illustration project.  It is concerned with the creatures and legends of old Scotland.  Giants, Faeries, Goblins and Witches.  The research is by Belle Robertson and pencil renderings by yours truly.  Check this link to see more if you dare -

Thanks again for stopping by.

More soon.