Cloud 9 black and white print

Working Hard!

Sunday, 14 April 2019

There’s just a month left until Spring Fling, the largest open studio event in our region. It takes place over the late May Bank Holiday and this is my first time taking part.

I’ve been so busy! I’m trying to give everyone the chance to own something original by creating smaller pieces. Surprisingly lots of smaller paintings can take as long as...

Fab news and new work!

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Since blogging last quite a lot has been happening on Cloud 9.

In October last year I bravely applied for Spring Fling, Dumfries and Galloway’s open studio event and one of the most prestigious in Scotland - if not the UK. In November I leanred the fantastic news that I had been accepted and would be one of the 94 artists and makers chosen...

When two award winners work together...

Monday, 26 November 2018

Last year was pretty amazing in terms of the awards I collected for the business, but I’m delighted to say that what I won last year is being won this year by my friend and professional organiser Mel Carruthers of More Organised!

Having just visited the House of Lords as part of her Small Biz 100 2018 award, Mel is visiting Cloud 9...

Almost, but not quite!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Last week was a bit of a blur, thanks to the prospect of being a DG Life Awards winner. Although I’ve won other awards for the gallery, this one meant a lot because it was my customers who had nominated me for it. In many ways, as I said before, just being worthy of a nomination was enough. Getting shortlisted was amazing.

Sadly I didn’t win my...

Dumfries and Galloway Life Award Finalist!

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

I am both delighted and humbled that the gallery has been nominated and subsequently shortlisted as a finalist in this year’s Dumfries and Galloway Life Awards! 

The award ceremony takes place on Friday 9th November and Grant and I will enjoy the company of the other finalists at Easterbrook Hall on the Crichton Estate. Nominated in the Independent...

Eas Mòr: Chasing Waterfalls in Scotland

Monday, 10 September 2018

A few months back we treated ourselves, after years of camping and caravanning, to a motorhome. Affectionately known as The Big Van (as opposed to René, who is The Wee Van) our 1992 Fiat Ducato Knaus motorhome is as old as my son, but is a big comfy and reliable bus for our adventures. For this, our first proper break this year, we chose to go Chasing Waterfalls...

Gearing up for Kirkcudbright Arts and Crafts Trail

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

It’s that time of year again, when I start keeping some unusual hours at the gallery whilst trying to get enough stock together for the delight that is Kirkcudbright Arts and Crafts Trail (KACT). 

KACT is a bit of a busman’s holiday for me because although Cloud 9 is closed, I’m working right through the weekend! It just looks as if I’m not. This...

Painting in the Big Outdoors

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

I recently attended Moffat Classic Car Rally with my trusty Citroën Acadiane, René, alongside my friends from the Spinning Wheels Motor Club. I carry materials with me in the van, in case I feel inspired to pull up and paint, but rarely seem to get time to do this these days. I should make more time. I decided to take a big canvas and the dreaded sketching...

Painting Small

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

This time last year I was packing 50 tiny paintings up to send to their new owners. It was hard work, but enormous fun and together we raised a fair bit of money for charity. 

At the moment I am juggling several artistic balls. For a start I am busily printing a variety of sized prints and cards of my most popular paintings, which can be bought...

Not on the High Street

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

As a small business not found on the High Street, I quite often find myself being overlooked. This isn’t helped when all of the current focus is on our High Street and what can be done to improve it. Whilst I’m happy to support initiatives that look at bringing business back to the High Street (as this must have an impact on the town as a whole) I’m really...