Tuesday, September 13, 2011


With its twists and turns that old joker called Life has thrown me some conundrums that have hustled me onto a plane and off to Shanghai for a spell to realign myself, reaquaint with the enigma that is Laura Clemente Castillejo, my old compadre from NYC, and make some work in the Pantocrator Gallery on the artcentric Moghanshan Road. As from 17th Sept. I will be reporting in on a daily basis from the sensory wondrous behemoth that is Shanghai. Watch this space!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

All Change

With the onset of my 36th year, I have changed my website and the blog will now run integrated within that. Please crack on to www.patsymcarthur.com where a whole host of delights await....

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Road Less Travelled

I'm working hard now for the final push on the pieces I will be exhibiting at the AAF in London 10th - 14th March. This is a rather rubbish photo of my latest offering, " The Road Less Travelled" which will be making an appearance in London. It's a big drawing more than 120cm wide.
It's the third in a series of my marching men who seem to march towards horizons in various locations - a romantic pioneer, who is the same figure through various stages. This time heading for a Loch somewhere near Bridge of Orchy!

Monday, January 31, 2011

High on Highlands

I spent the weekend up north getting back to nature in the wilds of the astonishingly beautiful motherland. Always on the job, I couldn't leave my faithful model at home. The bold and brave Nikolai, dressed and ready for action popped out of the car and into the wilderness whenever requested and I got some really beautiful shots. I have some compositions in mind, but just hope I can make something worthwile that lives up to the research photographs.

My large drawing "Self" from 2010 has been selected for the VAS Annual Exhibition in the Upper Galleries at the RSA in Edinburgh. It runs from Sat. 5th Feb until 3rd March.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Examples of some of the small monochrome oil studies I've been doing of night swimmers. Seems a bit ludicrous that I'm doing swimmers underwater at the moment in the midst of the big freeze but that's me I guess. Painting the dream rather than living it for the moment at least!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays

The painting on my Xmas card is from a series of new monochrome underwater paintings I'm working on. There's a fluidity about them that never really appeared with the drawings and I'm itching to get back in the studio to work on them. But............first it's that time again - back to the frozen north to the bosom of mcarthur family - ouch. Happy holidays everyone and I'll be back in the new year.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Small but beautiful

I've been busy making some small studies and drawings and these are all newly available for sale through various galleries around the UK at the moment. Much smaller than I've worked over recent years but perfectly formed. If anyone would like to know what is sale for from whom just get in touch.