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Iain McGill
Diving for Puffin: My Valentine's trip to Iceland

Diving for Puffin: My Valentine's trip to Iceland

HOW WAS your Valentine's Day? I spent mine on EasyJet. I had a hot date alright. In Iceland. In winter. Underwater. And just about the only reasonably priced thing about Iceland was the EasyJet flights. ...

Charles Harris
Public art requires a revolution in approach

Public art requires a revolution in approach

THE MAJOR PROBLEM with Art today is that two different contradicting roads exist within its meaning. One road leads to a proven conventional view. This allows the viewer to see for themselves the reality, power ...

Charles Harris
An artist’s running diary: The subtleties of light.

An artist’s running diary: The subtleties of light.

FRIDAY: A little yellow sun arose this morning amid white foaming clouds, staining them with light brown, like marks on a clean table cloth. Appearing a hint darker in apparent creases, the stain found new patterns, ...

Charles Harris
Help support essential change in art

Help support essential change in art

I AM a classical painter. I was fortunate to train at the Royal Academy in London under the late Peter Greenham OBE, at a time when the art world was being swamped by an obsession ...

Hugh Andrew
A requiem for independent retailers

A requiem for independent retailers

IN ALL THE SOUND and fury of Donald Trump, Brexit, referenda and so on in which, what passes for our press, so delight, a small and poignant event will arrive unnoticed. At the beginning of ...

Charles Harris
The Illusion of Coloured Lights

The Illusion of Coloured Lights

DEAR READER, this time I will begin by asking two questions:

1)  Have you seen the latest trendy activity at Norrie Miller Gardens, Perth, with coloured lights draped over conceptual metal objects and ...

Charles Harris
The 'Cumbernauld mermaid' and other sad tales

The 'Cumbernauld mermaid' and other sad tales

DEAR READERS, thank you for your letters, interest and kind response since Christmas. I am encouraged by your words and very pleased that you have clearly grasped how any attempt at visual art is instantly recognisable for what ...

Charles Harris
An artist's running diary: Winter Light

An artist's running diary: Winter Light

YESTERDAY there were a number of short snow showers which arrived on a strong North Westerly wind. They were thick with snow at times, but the broken sky returned to blue quite quickly and the snow ...

Charles Harris
Art is not about bright colours - tonality is far more important

Art is not about bright colours - tonality is far more important

OVER CHRISTMAS I stayed with my kind friends Tom and Carolyn. I went early on my birthday, but Tom has a new dog and I could not walk the one-to-two hours with my weak foot in the slippery ...

Jonathan Stanley
Yangtzeshire hotpot – or Lancashire Hotpot made in a Chinese furnace

Yangtzeshire hotpot – or Lancashire Hotpot made in a Chinese furnace

AWAY FROM politics my other real love is authentic cooking, especially from central China. If you fancy a twist on an old favourite then try this yourself.

My family is very much of ...

Jonathan Stanley
 Stage Formula 1 in Scotland and show we are still in Europe

Stage Formula 1 in Scotland and show we are still in Europe

BREXIT, Europe, EU, Remoanians, immigrants, Single Market… I don't think I'm the only one believing this debate is becoming somewhat stalled. An avalanche of cliches and acronyms gives that away.

Scotland has ...

Charles Harris
A Christmas journey

A Christmas journey

IT WAS my birthday and it felt doubly special, despite the early Scottish weather, on the journey down to Durham and my friends Tom, Carolyn and Deborah, for Christmas this year.

It ...