Archive for July, 2009

Clay Art

Thursday, July 30th, 2009
Egg Art

I have always had an interest in all things sculptural but never taken anything beyond dabbling.

In the late 80’s I sculpted some items in plasteline, a French wax for a company my brother had at the time which made miniatures of almost everything. It was amazing to work in. Other than that there was the odd thing at college. Our lecturer was none other than Scottish painter George Devlin but he was quite greedy with the potters wheel in his studio and students rarely got near it!  I certainly never.

Anyway, this week I have been semi-house bound and not able to make it to the studio much but this has been a great opportunity for my daughter to introduce me to the wonders of polymer clay. I thought this stuff was just for kids but it is utterly amazing. I have since discovered several incredible artists online making outstanding objects from this material which was first developed in the 1930’s (this was news to me).

So, proudly displayed is my first ever attempt at polymer clay work.

I can see me painting less if this gets a grip….

Polymer Egg Art

Painting Demonstration

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Yesterday I gave my first ever painting demonstration at the Park Gallery in Glasgow.Artist-Painting

I was not too sure what to expect and had chatted to a few other artist’s before hand. Some told me that they had done it and it was a great experience, others said they had done this type of painting demo and would never do it again and another said that they just wouldn’t do it!

This left me feeling a tad nervous. Add to that, I had to wear my glasses because my eyesight is starting to go (buy your Joe Hendry’s now before he can’t see anymore!) and that I was dressed in my trampy painting gear and I headed for the Park Gallery with a “whatever will be will be attitude”.

I have to say, it was a fantastic experience and I am very glad that I agreed to do it. You can read all about it in the Park Gallery Painting Demo page at

WordPress Hell – Scottish Landscapes

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Ok, call me thick but I just cannot get my head around this WordPress blogging. Those of you who follow my art and ramblings will know that the blog has been all ove rthe place. Please accept my apologies ….but I just can’t seem to get it right!

Scottish-Landscape-paintingAnyway, technicalities aside and I am back painting allsorts at the moment.

I have had this landscape on the go for nearly a year, just playing with it now and again inbetween other pieces of artwork. It is in oil and is sightly unusual for me. It is based on the view from a friends cottage in the country.

I am glad that I managed to finish it in time for my first ever painting demo on Saturday 25th at Glasgow’s Park Gallery when I will be painting a landscape. When I say painting, I will be beginning to paint as where it will go on the day I have no idea.

That’s the way I like it though.

Westie Painting

Sunday, July 12th, 2009
Wee White Dug

Wee White Dug

Painting on a Saturday?

Well, I had to finalise this “wee dug” for my Kiltie painting. I really like being in the studio on a Saturday, it feels so different to during the week: much quieter.

July has been a quiet month for me traditionally but 2009 seems to be different for some reason and I really am rushed off my feet. Although I don’t particularly like intense pressure, like a lot of people, I think a little pressure is ok to work under. In fact, I think thi sis the cutest wee dug I have painted!

The Kilties Are Back !

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
Kilt Art in progress

After a bit of a “press explosion” last year with the Kilt Art, I tried to take these paintings in a different direction. However with the “Homecoming Scotland” event this year there seems to be interest in all things Scottish .

To this end, I have been invited by the fantastic Radisson Hotel on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh to put on an exhibition of Kilt Art from June until September. I have revisited some of the model shots which I took almost two years ago and created new painting sfrom them for this and it really has been interesting for me to see the difference in the painting.

Just finalising insurance and other such nasty details that the artistic side of me just wants to “go away” but when that is sorted in the next few days I will get the full details on the Art News Page.

Kilt Art in progress

A Glaswegian In Edinburgh

Monday, July 6th, 2009
Proof that Joe Hendry likes Edinburgh!

Well, this is my first blog on WordPress.

Forgive me for all the messing around but there have been a few website disasters lately but hopefully things will settle down a bit now. Last week, my painting which some people think looks a bit like Andy Murray scratching his bum like the girl in the 70’s poster, appeared in the national press. Jo Whiley very kindly mentioned it on Radio 1 at 12pm on Monday.

promptly melted after over 500 hits in 30 seconds or so.

On Tuesday, I was  interviewed live on Talk Sport and when I was asked if all Scots were dour or was it just Andy Murray, I answered that it depended wether you came from Edinburgh or Glasgow.

Proof that Joe Hendry likes Edinburgh!

Roll on Wednesday and a nasty email calling me a “bitter weegie” and saying that people from Edinburgh did indeed have a sense of humour. I had actually been in Edinburgh that day (see photographic proof!). In my reply, I told the writer of this and not only that, but that I loved the city, had worked there for 11 years and was looking forward to my first exhibition there which would be soon.

Perhaps when he wrote his email he just wanted to underline my point :-)