...the poet looks, not bold as brass
but hard, swift, slowing his walk
a little, accursed recorder, his feelings
as confused as the November leaves...
From 'At Central Station', Edwin Morgan, 1978
That part of Edwin Morgan's poem, 'At Central Station', has always stuck in my mind.
I think it's the part of me that identifies with looking, searching, and taking everything in - the surroundings, the people, the ambience, the rush...committing it to memory, film or sketch.
Maybe it's because I grew up in a rural area, that sometimes I can be overpowered with the 'busyness' of the city. The sights, the sounds, the speed.. To be honest it's probably one of the reasons I like to be behind the lens, whether that be with the film camera, or the dslr - it's that last little shield between me and the 'real'. Holding it outward, protecting myself from being sucked in.
I've been documenting aspects of Scottish life for a few years now, usually marches and protests - yep, i know - me that doesn't like crowds.
I'm now putting up some photographic galleries as I give the website a little facelift. The first one is a few stills from the Gay Pride March in Glasgow in 2016, when the skies opened and the rain poured down.
Have a peek here - Photography.
I remember laughing when my friend said that their house was looking a bit 'washed in with the tide', and that I wasn't to 'mind the mess'
Of course to me it looked fine and dandy, and like someone was living there.
I chuckled again the other day remembering the comment, as I know my website was looking a bit 'washed in with the tide' itself. A bit more Leonardo's workshop than Rietveld Schroder's 'Utrecht' house (see my MA Hons in Art History hasn't gone totally to waste), but I digress.
Anyway, the website is slowly coming together. I've added a page where you can see my recent paintings. The plan is to delve deeper into each piece and explain the inspiration behind them. In the meantime there's a link to my Etsy shop where i'm selling limited edition prints of my paintings, and also open editions of some other pieces.
The poor Etsy shop had lain practically empty until January 2018, but at last it's getting a little 'love and attention'. Glad to say I made my first sale on it last week...huzzah!
Here's the link, if you'd like to buy some contemporary art from me.
I'm about to give the website a little spring clean!
Keep an eye out for the 'new look'.
See you soon when i've dusted the place.
Lenny is always fascinated whenever i'm editing footage of wildlife!
This time it was film of highland cows I had taken down home in Kintyre, on the west coast of Scotland.
Some real life 'Wee Hamish the Highland Coo's'.
If you'd like a Wee Hamish of your own to wear on a t-shirt, and you're based in the USA, you can click the t-shirt below for those I have up on Amazon.
If you're based anywhere else in the world then click any of the links on my little shop page - he's available on mugs, bags, tees, and all other fancy shmancy things - click on the tee below to take you there!
I'm off to get some more editing done - if Lenny gets out the way of the screen!
Whit's he up tae noo?
The blog posts of David Brodie, a Scottish artist based near Glasgow.