The Fortune of others

I thought to myself, once again I find myself without representation,

as I took a ride down to our local picture framers to collect some paintings returned from yet another gallery outlet that has closed. After a friendly few minutes in banter, I realised that  I need to hit the road so packing the images in the car and with a smile and a wave I headed off down the road  A whiles down the road my eye was caught by a flash in the rear view mirror taking a longer peer I saw nothing untoward so onwards I travelled . On my arrival I started to unpack the car and realised I was one missing, yep you guessed it in order to open the car I place one on the roof as I lifted the tailgate there it remained until inertia of forward motion removed it into the realm of gravity and impact. I trust it was not too badly damaged when it was found and that whoever found it, it brings them pleasure.   I believe the title of the piece was simply “Aross the Forth” . That’s life folks

across the Forth

Recently finished



After the dance (painting)

A painting capturing the early morning walk across the beach after an evening of dancing

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Whisper along the Forth #1

Painting in acrylic capturing one of those rare simple moments when the sky whispers thoughts to those that listen.

whispers along the forth1 copy

Water lilies will soon be here

waterliliesSoon the water lilies will be here and nymphs will dance as if on air.

. oil on canvas by Terry Adams

We are but Whispers (another Scottish Seascape)

Painting of a Scottish scene

Pittenweem Fishing Nets

 Fishing nets



pittenweem nets2

Dyslexia – second image from a past exhibition.

Not all dyslexia is the same whilst in consultation some people said that when reading certain letters seem to promote themselves whilst

others sink into the background.This was the thinking behind this piece of work.

lovesonbgcomputer generated

 The following piece of poetry ,T.S.Eliots Lovesong of J.Alfred Prufock,  was randomly selected

as a starting point

LOVESONGplain words

These word were then modified to demonstrate to those without dyslexic tendencies what it would be like to actually cope with this phenomenon


Finally the the black letters were removed a each letter converted into a coloured square to reveal the hidden pattern within the selected passage.

Vowels in Dyslexia

Vowels in Dyslexia

 original, created with ruling pen and acrylic paint

image .size 15″ x 19″ (381mm x 483 mm)

I have long been attracted to hidden shapes and patterns that exist all around us.

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Dyslexia painting explained “Numeric Symphony in Red”

The following comment has often been asked,of me

“Although I appreciate and like the visual impression and impact that your dyslexia images on me,  I do not have dyslexia tendencies and simply do not understand them could you please explain what they are about.” 

Whilst there is an argument that art does not need to mean anything, it simply exists in its own space and time, fulfilling it’s own unique identity, I recognize the need of individuals to classify and understand, with this in mind I aim to in the next few posts to explain some of the thinking behind each Piece Todays featured piece is,  one of my favorite pieces from my  exhibition held during Dyslexia awareness week   ” Numeric symphony in Red”

Numeric Symphony in Red

Numeric Symphony in Red

Whilst researching and developing the ideas behind these pieces for the exhibition I happened to be speaking to a University lecturer, and friend of mine  who happened to mentioned that whilst  he does not have issues with letters but he does with Number. So much so that when he looks at a numbers in tabular form the come together and start to dance before his eyes.

Numeric symphony in Red is an attempt to replicate this phenomenon .

In this piece the number 01-99 are represented in tabular form. Each number was vertically dissected and  back half of the number joined front  half of the next number. Creating numeric  couples coming together as if in dance. Interestingly enough people with dyslexic tendencies seem to see the number immediately without explanation.

I am rather pleased with the effect  whilst the The dark areas represent  the negative spaces between each set of dancing numbers they seem to impart an primeval harmony to the piece.

If this piece stimulates any questions or requires any further information or explanation please ask away.