A Staircase to Ideas

As many of you know I rented an art studio in Scotland for a few months. I got the keys Friday July 31. It’s at the Moray Art Center on the Findhorn Foundation property about five miles from the town of Forres. Forres is a town of 12,000 residence about 20 minutes east from Inverness.

The Moray Art Center’s, a brick red and copper patina fortress would standout in most communities, but its right at home in this eclectic village. The place and the people have a vibe not too different from places back home in Santa Cruz.


The spiral staircase to Studio 3 are just above and to the left of the gentleman riding the lawnmower.


Welcome to my home away from home. Come in and let me show you around.


Check out the vaulted ceilings and track lighting. And there’s so many cabinets I forget where I stored things. Here’s what it looked like when I first walked in.


Here’s another shot four days later.


I’ve started four small pieces on canvas boards I brought in my suitcase. Three of a the Auld Bridge in Keith Scotland, forty-five minutes east of Findhorn. This is a triple first, first painting in the new studio, first painting from the photos I took in June and also the first using water soluble oil paints. So feel pretty good to tackle all those and come up with something I don’t want to throw in the bin.


Except for the cooler weather, and slower internet speeds (this blog post took forever to upload) it feel a lot like home.