Reflecting DOuglas

Doors might be closed but the windows of The Scrib Tree are free for all to look into when going for a stroll through Douglas. Level 4 lockdown here in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, sees many doors closed but people are finding ways to continue working safely within the restrictions.

Around the Corner‘, an exhibition of 16 unexpected views of the historic village of Douglas, is now on view to the town and I’m really pleased to have it on display in this wonderful place.

I know I could put the work to one side and wait till we have the all clear for a proper on-the-wall exhibition but this work sums up the spirit of place that we are in right now – the feeling that better things are ‘imminent’, ‘on the brink’, ‘on the horizon’…. which are all names of paintings in this exhibition.

Just to side track a moment – look at this wee Scrib Tree charmer! He was no help whatsoever in putting up my work! If you read to the end, I promise you a melty moment pup pic….

I think this is my favourite photograph of the window exhibition. Big light cloudscapes behind dark skylines. It shows a little of the drama of this intense historic village.

Here’s a detail below from ‘In the Air’.

‘In the Air’

From ‘In the Air’ we move down to earth – but not for long….

…Where are these stairs leading us?

‘On the Brink’.

‘On the Brink’
‘On the Brink’

I’m curious to find out where these stairs lead – are they simply going around the corner with another flight out of sight or is there another level that has since disappeared?

Here we have tall chimneys against a dark sky. This is a dramatic building that lies empty – ‘Ready and Waiting’.

‘Ready and Waiting’ – detail

All the original artworks featured can be seen on my website.

‘Ready and Waiting’

The hotel above lies empty, ready and waiting – but not this little chap.

As always, thank you for reading!

Ronnie

5 thoughts on “Reflecting DOuglas”

  1. It’s so great that your exhibition is there for all to see Ronnie, despite the pesky virus, and yet without taking any risks. And oh you have captured the light so beautifully in these greyscale paintings. I see, just out of sight, a full moon watches over these inviting streets and corners, looking down from a clear night sky. The silence is broken by the occasional rustle of a small nocturnal creature scurrying by unseen. I would love to be allowed the privilege of strolling quietly through these streets, revelling in the solitude. Or perhaps to perch on a stoop, with my back against a closed door, sipping from a flask of hot tea and simply gazing at this beautiful world you’ve captured… x

  2. Thank you so much for this beautiful and thoughtful comment! I am so pleased that you can share in what I feel about this time and place – So lovely to hear from you! Ronnie xx

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