Welcome back – Still ( multi part poem pt1)



You stand before me.



I beg you stay not long.



The trees move slowly.


You’re here,

Your departure so long gone.



The trees encroach me.

They bend.

They reach;

The branches hands of thorns.



You stand before me.





A smile?

Twisted, devil’s spawn

Stillness darkness torn

Torn asunder maw



Trees fall around me.

You rise

You fall

You stayed here not for long…











This is part one of a set of poems. The other ones aren’t written yet, but they are needed to make sense of this,

haven’t written a poem in over a year – felt like something different…

Thanks for stopping by.


Highland Prince-oil on canvas


Finally, i have finished my latest painting. It may have taken me far too long, but i put that down to it being my first large scale oil painting. As you can see from the previous post with it in, there haven’t been many changes but changing the shape of the island and finishing the foreground has made it so much better…in my eyes at least. From painting this, i can safely say that oils are much nicer to use and certainly more versatile than acrylics. Clouds in particular can be formed beautifully with oils, with the capability to make such a soft and blended finish yet also able to give a good hard line too.  From now on i doubt that I will be using acrylics for anything other than quick sketches. Oils are simply beautiful paints.


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unfinished piece, but nearly there…


I’m currently spending most of my time working on this canvas, as it slowly drives me mad.  The only part that hasn’t changed since beginning work painting is the sky, which i was happy with first time. Everything else has been repainted too many times to re-colour, reshape, etc…and to be completely honest i can’t wait to be finished with it. This also isn’t the most recent stage-i left in frustration today before taking a photo, but so little work was done today that the changed would be hardly noticed anyway. When it’s finished i’ll take a photo with a better camera as the phone camera really doesn’t do justice to the piece. It may not be finished but it does look alot better in reality.

Oh and if anyone thinks they may have seen the scene before, look back to my poem ‘missing the highlands’. The Photo from the hill is of The sound of Seil, on the west coat of Scotland, where this painting is set too.

Oil Paints on Canvas.

The Raven

‘The Raven’ by Edgar Allan Poe is perhaps my very favourite poem and as there is now a film that goes by the same name (even if it really doesn’t have much to do with the poem itself) i felt it would be a good idea to post this artwork i did a little while ago. I’m not an amazing artist, so i would say this is possibly my best painting.

And heres a little bit of the wonderful poem that inspired my painting…

“Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately raven, of the saintly days of yore.
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
But with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door.
Perched upon a bust of Pallas, just above my chamber door,
Perched, and sat, and nothing more.”

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Also for anyone interested, heres a link to a musical version of ‘The Raven’, performed by the amazing band Omnia. Omnia-The Raven

And one final note for my regular followers (and anyone else who is interested) I now have a facebook page which runs along side the blog, so look to the side bar of the blog and click like on the Facebook box! Many thanks guys.

lingering mists

Upon fearful trees lays a smoky veil

Obscuring and confusing a perfect view

Through the house of Gaia, there is no trail.

Yet around the unseen shine stunning hues.

What lies within those covered trees

That seem to hold such mystery?

What magic holds the veil upon the reeds

Lining the still lake and gentle streams?

How can one majestic scene

Be both serene and fearful

As if it were a vivid dream

Both nightmare and hopeful?


(Artwork by me, quick oil sketch from imagination)

a month on

i’ve had this blog up and running for a month now and its certainly been an interesting experience, so i thought i would just write a little looking back on my first month in the blog world.

I started it because i was inspired by a fantastic blog called ‘path of resonance’, which is written by a member of a band that i very much like. I loved how the blog seemed to be a way of not only  expressing yourself, but also sharing your successes, failures, goals and experiences with the whole world. For me, that is the pure joy of my short experience of blogging; being able to share your thoughts with everyone and those who can relate or enjoy those thoughts, are then able to share it with even more people. Essentially, the blog becomes a way for the world to learn and grow with eachother, ultimately leading to us all becoming better people with a far wider set of interests than we had prior to starting our blogging journey.

So what have I learnt? My first discovery was just the amazingly vast amount of knowledge, ideas and creativity that is being produced every minute and then being shared for all to enjoy. That alone is incredible. Then, I began to find out what truely interests me. The first time you sit down to write a blog is a strange experience, as you wonder “what do I want to write about? are others going to be interested in what I have to say? How do I write a blog?” and so on. But eventually, even if you had no plan on where to head in the first place you eventually end up gravitating towards certain things; for me it seems to be poetry-something i hadn’t even considered when i started out a month ago. I actually wanted to have a purely philisophical and thought based blog, but instead i found myself writing wondering thoughts in poetic language rather than prose. And it worked for me. Another thing that I have learnt is that praise from people you don’t know, is something much more special than that which comes from friends and collegues. Why? I think its because when someone you have never met likes your work, there is no bias, no reason for that person to spend their time appreciating what you have done.

What next then? I’ve decided that although it was not something that struck me as an idea at the start of my blog, poetry is going to remain an integral part of it. However, what i set as my starting point involved music and art and as of yet, there hasn’t been much of these on my blog (other than a short thought on why i prefer sad music to happy) and i feel the next step is to bring these in as a combination with my poetry. Poems will become lyrics for songs in the process of composition and there will be art work (hopefully) to also go along with the poetry and thoughts. Which reminds me, I really must post my painting based on Edgar Allen Poe’s masterpiece, ‘The Raven’.

Finally, i’d like to thank all those who have liked, followed, commented or even visited by blog. I may have not have that many, but the few that I do have, have given me the confidence to make something really special of it and share my ideas and creativity with an ever increasing and vibrant blogging community. Thanks for reading.