Thursday, July 28, 2011

Port Hope Farmer's Market Arts Festival

Liz and I will be part of the Arts Festival at the Port Hope Farmer's Market on Saturday August 13th. The Festival will take place from 9am-3pm at 56 Queen st., Port Hope (behind Town Hall), rain or shine.

Some of Liz's artwork that will be for sale at the festival:

And some of Pat's work that will be there too:

We will also be selling copies of our friend Lara's recent publication: An Illustrated Guide to Growing Food on Your Balcony. It's a wonderful and easy-to-follow guide book that will help anyone grow their own food, especially on a balcony. Here are the covers and a few excerpts:

Come on by and pick up some local and affordable food, art and knowledge!

- Pat

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Ancient Scottish Church

Here's a quick little painting of an ancient Scottish church, St. Vigean's, just outside of Arbroath on the east coast.

This site was used by the Picts long before they converted to Christianity. I had the opportunity to explore the church and it's a beautiful old building that many generations have used and cared for. It is still used for weekly services today.

Hope you're enjoying the hot weather!
- Pat

Monday, July 11, 2011


I spent a week visiting family on the east coast of Scotland this month and had a great time. Scotland has such a fascinating history, and compared to Canada everything's so close together, so you can't get far without coming across something epic.

I visited Arbroath Abbey (above), birthplace of the Declaration of Arbroath, the first official statement of democracy and independence in modern Europe. You might have seen the beautiful ruins of this abbey at the end of the film "The Stone of Destiny."

Arbroath is a fishing town and specializes in delicious smoked haddock fresh from the sea.

Overlooking Dundee from the Dundee Law, an extinct volcano where you can see all the surrounding areas.

I was visiting my wonderful Aunty Bunty at her home in Broughty Ferry (just outside Dundee) with my aunt Liz.

We got the chance to check out some Pictish stone carvings at St.Vigean's Museum.

We were also given the key to this ancient church (St.Vigean's), a site that was used by the Picts before, during, and after their conversion to Christianity. The stones carvings were originally found here.

And finally we stopped by Glasgow, but there's just too much to see, so I'll have to get back over there for another more complete trip and check out Edinburgh and the Highlands. I'm working on a painting of the ancient Pictish church and will be posting about it soon,