I visited Stratford-upon-Avon a few years ago to see The Merchant of Venice at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. We went to the tomb of Shakespeare at the Holy Trinity Church in the town, the church where he was baptised as well. The tomb is inside the church and on the grave there is this inscription:
Good frend, for Iesvs sake, forbeare to digg the dvst encloased heare. Blese be ye man, ye spares thes stones, and cvrsed be he ye moves my bones.
I guess I was expecting something a little more meaningful or transcendent than a grave-robber’s curse. Very interesting indeed…
This oil on linen painting is based on a photo that I took of the path leading to the entrance of the church.
I snapped this shot with my ipad so the quality isn’t great but at least I captured the vibrant colours, dappled shade and mesmerising quality of a field of wild flowers at their peak, at the nearby botanic garden. I recently planted a very similar wildflower garden in my backyard specifically to attract honey bees and butterflies, of which there are sadly few in the area of Scotland where I live. Red poppies are always a welcome sight and you can see many scattered here in the photograph. Butterflies and bees seem to especially like red, purple and yellow flowers.
The latest in my series of butterfly paintings. Here is the Piano Key butterfly, scientific name Heliconius Melpomene. It is native to central and South
America and is also known as the Postman Butterfly. Most often this butterfly is just red, black and white but I found a reference photo with blue accents that make it extra exotic. This is a digital painting done in the Procreate app for iPad Pro. Continue reading
A new t-shirt design I made recently inspired by my trip to Loch Ness, featuring a cute cartoon of the Loch Ness Monster (“Nessie”) swimming along and saying, “Believe in Yourself!”
The color of the shirt and the font can be customizable.
Available at my Zazzle store: https://www.zazzle.com/z/yzk7u?rf=238639339453517535
On my recent trip to the Scottish Highlands, I took this shot of the Glencoe area. The tops of the mountains were hidden in mist and there was a chilly drizzle, as you may expect. The stream was as clear as glass. The glens and hills of the Highlands are mysterious and awe-inspiring. Will definitely visit the area again.