Glass of Stella Artois.
Oil on 8″ x 6″ board.

I painted this a few weeks ago but have only just got around to photographing it.

The advertising images of countless beers are probably ingrained in my subconscious mind.  So it’s not surprising that I wanted to paint a picture filled with refreshing frothyness myself.   The ornate stem of the glass was also interesting in the way that it’s faces caught the light.

The painting was painted “from life” but I had to take a snapshot of the foam and bubbles just after the glass was poured.  By the end of the painting session the drink was flat and I was glad to have the image of the bubbles and foamy head to fall back on in order to complete the work.


Strawberries in glass bowl
Oil on 8″ x 6″ board

It’s not quite time for Scottish strawberries, at least not at the farm where I pick them, so these are imported from sunnier climes.

No matter … the Spanish imports did the job and provided me with the subject for today’s still life (and became lunch afterwards!)



Rum and cigar


Oil on Board, 8″ x 6″

Yes, as a Scot, this should really be whisky but I also enjoy a nice rum sometimes.  Like a Venezuelan Diplomatica Reserva, for example.  Sadly the rum in my glass today came not from Venezuela but from the ALDI around the corner.  Looks the part though and doesn’t taste too bad at all.

The cigar is a Don Tomas Nicaragua and is again something of a budget option compared to the well known Cuban brands such as Montecristo and Cohiba.

Nevertheless, both items made for a pleasingly luxurious little painting and which was fun to complete.

Rainy Buchanan Street

Rainy Buchanan Street, Glasgow

For those familiar with Glasgow, this is the view from the top of Buchanan Street looking down towards Argyll Street.

It had been raining heavily (surprise!) but when the sky unexpectedly brightened it had the effect of dazzling off the wet pavements.

I didn’t have any painting or sketching things with me, so a quick snap using my phone was all I could do to capture this fleeting moment.

Back at the studio, I was able to work it up into this small painting.