Blog

Here I will periodically post my thoughts in blog form. Please find my latest posts below and if you have any feedback please get in touch with me.

Latest Blog Posts

5 Things you must do at John O’Groats

May 10, 2018

Gosh. I have been really busy and time is flying. The doors to The Gallery at John O’Groats are open and I have had the joy of meeting lots of lovely people who are just as enamoured with the far north as I am. Most are touring the increasingly popular North Coast 500 route so […]

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Places to visit on the North Coast 500: Old Wick Castle

April 27, 2018

In this week’s blog I take you not far from Haven House to Old Wick Castle. It’s not one of the most well known of the places to visit on the North Coast 500 route, but it is certainly a beautiful place to visit, just for its location and for the rugged scenery that surrounds […]

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The Gallery at John O’Groats

April 20, 2018

We are all set for another season in The Gallery at John O’Groats. Here is a little tour for you- Remember that everything you see here is available to purchase on my website too. https://www.havenhouseart.com/shop/ We’ve done well. We’ve created something from nothing and brought something extra to John O’Groats. The feedback has been nothing […]

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A Visit to Ackergill Tower

March 22, 2018

I’ve not managed far this week for various reasons but I thought I would take you to one of my favourite places that I like to go to when I don’t have time to go further afield. Ackergill Tower was built in the early sixteenth century and is an iconic part of the Caithness landscape. […]

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Wave Paintings in Oils – On the Cusp

March 15, 2018

I’ll let you into a wee, exclusive secret. I am on the cusp. I am starting something new. And it feels like coming home. I have been painting more or less full-time for 10 years, and up until now I have always been drawn to acrylics. I like acrylics because they are bright and punchy, […]

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Landscape Painting Technique – How to turn a Photo into a Painting

March 7, 2018

In this week’s blog I share my landscape painting technique. Please bear with me whilst I get to grips with technology and filming myself. It will get easier..I hope! The blank, puzzled looks are because I am not sure if the camera is working! In this week’s blog I share my landscape painting technique. Please […]

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“A picture is a poem without words” Art by Lisa Weller

March 1, 2018

Hello again and welcome to my first video blog. Thank you for joining me on this journey. I love keeping you updated on my work in progress and life here in the remote far north of Scotland, but I have struggled to a) find the time and b) be heard above all of the noise […]

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A Scottish Artist’s ramblings

November 30, 2017

I know..It’s been an age since I last wrote a blog post for you all. It’s not because I haven’t wanted to. If you have been following me for a while you will know that I love writing and I love sharing my thoughts with you, but alas business has taken over and has been […]

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The Signpost at John O’Groats

March 10, 2017

The signpost at John O’Groats is a whirlwind of activity, no matter what time of year you visit. If you set up a slow- motion camera and filmed it for a day the action would be constant. Individuals of all nationalities would flit in, as would families, tourists, holidaymakers, locals, fundraisers, an assortment of vehicles […]

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The Hidden Message at John O’Groats

November 22, 2016

Have you seen this little diagram about life’s journey? That when we see our destination we envisage a straight path, a nice diagonal line, but in reality when we take that journey it is far from straight. The path is full of twists and turns, detours, huge peaks, troughs, valleys, dips and obstacles to climb? […]

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North Coast 500 Wilderness

June 15, 2016

The wilderness was calling me again a couple of weeks ago. My levels of technology, civilisation and routine were at saturation point and much as I was functioning I was finding it difficult to truly feel. And to do what I do I need to feel things, truly feel them in my heart. If my […]

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Growing Branches in Caithness

May 4, 2016

I’ve just completed another set of accounts which means I have been self-employed eight years now. What a journey! I see my journey like the growth of a child. In the early days I had no idea what I was doing, at least in terms of running a business. Sure I could paint, that comes […]

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Precious Memories

April 13, 2016

This blog was quite hard to write and it has been several weeks in the making and some tears, but I am here now and I am pleased with the result. It involves a painting and a poem.. This is the painting that I have been working on: It’s very special for many different reasons […]

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Make a Wish

March 16, 2016

There I was scrabbling around in the the back end of my twenties wondering where the years had gone, and more to the point worrying about where I was heading. I definitely didn’t want to be going in the same direction for another twenty years…which for me was completely the wrong direction – on a […]

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Inspiring Art from the Heart of the Scottish Highlands

March 1, 2016

After months of secrecy, preparation and editing my promotional video is finally ready for the world to see!! So there won’t be much writing this week, just a link to my video – it really does say  it all..from my inspiration process, to my journey, to my plans for the future to what is happening […]

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