Thursday, 27 October 2011


In Greek mythology The Moirai were the goddesses of fate and personified the inescapable destiny of man. They assigned to every person his or her fate or share in the scheme of things. Their name means "Parts." "Shares." or "Allotted Portions."
Klotho, whose name means "Spinner," spun the thread of life. Lakhesis, whose name means "Apportioner of Lots"--being derived from a word meaning to receive by lot--, measured the thread of life. Atropos (or Aisa), whose name means "She who cannot be turned," cut the thread of life.
At the birth of a man, the Moirai spun the thread of his future life, followed his steps, and directed the consequences of his actions according to the counsel of the gods. It was not an inflexible fate; Zeus, if he chose, had the power of saving even those who were already on the point of being seized by their fate. The Fates did not abruptly interfere in human affairs but availed themselves of intermediate causes, and determined the lot of mortals not absolutely, but only conditionally, even man himself, in his freedom was allowed to exercise a certain influence upon them. As man's fate terminated at his death, the goddesses of fate become the goddesses of death, Moirai Thanatoio.
The Moirai were independent, at the helm of necessity, directed fate, and watched that the fate assigned to every being by eternal laws might take its course without obstruction; and Zeus, as well as the other gods and man, had to submit to them. They assigned to the Erinyes, who inflicted the punishment for evil deeds, their proper functions; and with them they directed fate according to the laws of necessity.
As goddesses of birth, who spun the thread of life, and even prophesied the fate of the newly born, Eileithyia was their companion. As goddesses of fate they must necessarily have known the future, which at times they revealed, and were therefore prophetic deities. Their ministers were all the soothsayers and oracles.
As goddesses of death, they appeared together with the Keres and the infernal Erinyes.
The Moirai were described as ugly old women, sometimes lame. They were severe, inflexible and stern. Klotho carries a spindle or a roll (the book of ate), Lakhesis a staff with which she points to the horoscope on a globe, and Atropos a scroll, a wax tablet, a sundial, a pair of scales, or a cutting instrument. At other times the three were shown with staffs or sceptres, the symbols of dominion, and sometimes even with crowns. At the birth of each man they appeared spinning, measuring, and cutting the thread of life.
The Romans called the goddess Parcae and named the three Nona, Decima and Morta.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

slowly goes it

It's going really slowwwwwwwwly so here's a photo of Leda.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011


I  have nearly finished the tonal painting of the background. Lots of tweaks to be done once the figures have been painted in. I have also begun to paint the fabric of the right hand figure. I'm slightly daunted by the time this is going to take. Blimey!


Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Silent but deadly

Haven't posted for a while because I have been cracking on with the big pink painting. It's slow work so I have chosen not to bore you with a stroke by stroke account of my struggle. Here's a photo of the finished painting for the Allstars album cover instead.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

The unexpected

Today brought some quite unexpected and dismal news. Without going into the rather inconsequential details, I began thinking about the days events in relation to the painting I am working on. I have been toying with the idea of having the middle Fate (the measure of life) wearing a blindfold.

Who knows? Who's in control? Who'd've thunk it?

Oh well! Here's a poor photo of todays alla prima tonal work.


Monday, 10 October 2011

It's PINK!

Hello. My painting is rather prawny. It's starting to freak me out.

I have finished the lining in indian ink and thrown a few washes of burnt umber over it. The drawing and washes are both pretty loose at the moment but everything will be tightened up with a tonal alla prima layer. Looks pretty shocking at the moment.

Remember the wee show in Aberdeen tomorrow evening.


Sunday, 9 October 2011

Date for the diary

Remember there is a small exhibition of recent work at NO1 restaurant in Aberdeen. There is a wee  opening is 5.30-7.30 on 11th October. Come along for drinks and nibbles.

Monday, 3 October 2011

Ordinary Allstars

Something new from Hasta and the chaps. Will have to pull my finger out and get the EP cover finished.


I have finally managed to get the drawing transferred to the canvas and have begun roughly lining the drawing using indian ink. By lining the drawing I can avoid losing the contours when I apply opaque alla prima in later stages. I am also aiming to retain some of the ground colour to give the painting unity and an underlying warmth.

Leda has been very patient today. I wonder just how long this will last?


Saturday, 1 October 2011

There are a couple of loose ends I'd like to tie up. Nothing important you understand

I have managed to go a whole five days without posting! I have been up to my ears in my own creative juices and have been falling into bed at the end of the day with brain-ache. It's nice to be busy but I have been working a bit obsessively of late so I decided to take the day off yesterday. I spent a gloriously sunny day in The Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh having a bit of a chillaxe then watched the pilot episode of Columbo from 1967. 

Back at the coal-face... I have been tying up a few loose ends for the Aberdeen show on the 11th and planning the big show next year in Edinburgh. Leda and I have been priming everything in sight with a layer of dull red. I plan to begin work on the large three figure painting tomorrow. The composition for this painting is based on the greek mythology of The Fates. I'm quite excited about where it will take me. Here's a wee study for the upper torsos.

All is well
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