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I'm out on the ship now, but I do have an internet connection so I've added a new page which links directly to my Fine Art America page. You can now buy prints from FAA directly from this site.


I've now added my latest painting, the Leeds-Liverpool Canal near Foulridge to the Works in Progress page. You can see the painting as it progressed here.


I think I've managed to get the site back up and running now, and with a new design and layout.


So I now have 3 days left to try to get the site up and running again. On the 29th I'll be going from the hotel to the ship, which will be in Yokohama. From there we'll be sailing down to Taiwan and then on to the Philippines. Hopefully I'll be able to continue updating this column as we go to work just north of Luzon.


Well, after 3 weeks of emailing back  and forth with the host company and getting nowhere, it turns out that my anti-virus program is preventing me from adding new photos to the site.


After 41 hours of travel, I've finally made it to my quarantine hotel in Narita, Japan. I'll be spending the next 10 days looking at these four walls so maybe that will give me time to figure what the heck the problem is with the site. At least I can add text, just not images.


I've been trying to edit the site, but keep getting "Undefined" errors and no one seems to have a clue why.


 I thought I would add my latest painting to the website, turns out that may not have been such a great idea...



In the Beginning...

Posted 3/26/2021

Since this is the first blog on this site, not to mention my first one ever, I thought I should maybe introduce myself a bit. I was born in Scotland way back in 1961 and while we lived just south of Ayr I started primary school in Minishant. As I remember it we had a total of 40 students, in the whole school. Primary 1 had 8 of us, mind you we did have to share a classroom with Primary 2 so that added another 4 or 5 students.

At 7  my parents were given a council house in Prestwick so we moved and I joined a much bigger class at Glenburn Primary. My secondary school years were at Prestwick Academy, which is when I started to get interested in art.

My art teachers did try to persuade me go to art college but I'd had enough of school by then and also I'm not good at being told how to paint or draw. In the end I decided to go to sea with P&O as a cadet, a career which took me all around the world, many times over. My last trip with P&O was on Sea Princess in 1989, when I was sailing as Second Officer.

At the time I was still living in Prestwick, Scotland... but that was about to change.