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As with his frequent trips from Fife south to the Scottish Borders, Bob also strayed north into Angus, Kincardine and Aberdeenshire. This coast boasts some of Scotland’s finest beaches and also some of its most treacherous cliffs. The coastal verge, for that is all it is in many places, plays host to numerous cottages clinging to its edge almost urging the sea to challenge their existence. The coast here is one of big seas and giant skys. This 2007 picture certainly gives that impression.

 


Original picture painted in acrylic on CS2 board. Size: 350mm x 350mm.

Status : sold

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‘Suncircle. Mausa Broch, Shetland’.

Most of Scotland’s earliest fortified buildings are to be found north of the great glen but it is even further north on the Shetland Islands where the most complete prehistoric examples are to be found. The great broch at Mousa brings alive the story ‘Suncircle’ by the Scottish author Neil Gunn which is centred around life in primitive Scottish village forced to take refuge from the Norsemen raiders in the broch round which their village it situated.


Original Picture painted in acrylic on CS2 board. Size : 250mm x 250mm.

Status : Available.   
Price :  £140.00      Painted: 2006

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‘ Whaur The Burnie Rows’.

With a title taken from a Robert Burns song this 2007 picture encapsulates the essence of the Scottish highland village with its runrig crofts nestled below the ‘big hill’ and with the life giving water flowing nearby in ‘the burnie’. It is in pictures like this one that the artist gives life to his knowledge of rural Scotland in combination with his abstract creativity.


Original picture painted in acrylic on CS2 board. Size : 150mm x 350mm.

Status : sold.

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 ‘Port Bannatyne Slip. 
Island of Bute.’

Just after the war the artist’s parents had a small house in Ardbeg, halfway between Rothesay and  Port Bannatyne, on the Island of Bute. His father dreamed of buying and refurbishing the ex Royal Navy MTB lying on the slipway at Port Bannatyne but never realised his dream.The hull eventually rotted where it lay and was broken up for scrap sometime in the 1960’s. Of all his paintings to date this one evokes more memories of his many childhood holidays on Bute than any other. His mother suffered constant ill health at this time and his happiness during these years was tinged with a bitter sweetness because of this. ‘I wonder what ever happened to the fishing boat.’ The picture was painted in 2007 from a series of sketches made by his father over a period of 20 years.


Original picture painted in acrylic on CS2 board. Size : 250mm x 350mm.

Status : sold.

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‘Toward Point from Craigmore,
Isle of Bute.’

Bob Brown has shown a reluctance to be categorised by a specific style. For this reason we find realism, impressionism, cubism, the naive and commercialism influencing his work. Toward Point from Craigmore is a tribute to his hero’s ‘The Scottish Colourists’ whose work although not recognisable in many of Bob’s paintings is a major influence on his approach to his work. He feels the reflective brightness shown in this painting takes him back to the way the Clyde coast was for him sixty years ago lying in fields of long grass listening to invisible skylarks and counting distant yachts. Bob painted this work in 2007.

 


Original picture painted in acrylic on CS2 board. Size: 500mm x 300mm.

Status: sold

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‘Cloch Lighthouse – Firth of Clyde’  

Picture painted in 2007 shows an atmospheric view of the lighthouse and out-buildings seen from the shoreline to the immediate north of the lighthouse. The buildings are shown in brightly illuminated relief against a dark blue sky with the rough and tumble shoreline in the foreground painted mainly yellow to soften the stark architectural impact of the buildings.

 


Original picture painted in acrylic on CS2 board. Size: 300mm x 210mm. Status :  sold.

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     ‘Border Keep’

This romantic picture, painted in 2007, shows Branxholm Tower on the River Teviot above Hawick in the Scottish Borders. The bold Autumn colours give a sense of a tranquil rural existence built up around the protective shield of the Scottish Vernacular tower house. This is a historical muse by the artist whose in-laws originate from the district and whose fond memories of the area recognise a scene forever gone.

 


Original picture painted in acrylic on CS2 board. Size: 300mm x 150mm. Status: sold.

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 Cairnbaan Lock.  
Crinnan Canal, Argyll.’

Once again the artist has chosen to look back through the window of time at a much used remnant of the industrial revolution. This picture, painted in 2007, shows what was the lock keepers cottage settled neatly between the canal and the remnants of the Argyll forest. No sky appears in the picture allowing the bright borrowed light from the cottages to dictate the time of day. The impression of the frequent strong wind driving in from the sound of Jura is reflected on the surface of the canal.


Original picture painted in acrylic on CS2 board. Size: 300mm x 150mm. Status: sold.

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‘Tigh Geal.  Inner Hebrides.’

Atmospherics in the sky over the Scottish Islands can frequently turn a winter squall into a dazzling light show. This picture was developed from a photograph taken by the artist in 2007 during a visit to Islay. The Tigh Geal or ‘white house’ became the recognised pattern book dwelling imposed on the population of rural Scotland following the forced removal of crofters from their traditional Tigh Dubh’s or ‘black houses’ in 1785 and 1850. Many remain in use today having received 21st. century makeovers.

 


Original picture painted in acrylic on CS2 board. Size: 400mm x200mm. Status: sold.

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‘Scoulag Lodge. 
Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute.’

Mount Stuart House on Bute is an extravaganza of High Gothic Arts and Crafts architecture with its influence extending to the many cottages, farms and gate house lodges located across the Mount Stuart Estate. Scoulag Lodge, on the south western approach to the estate sits in comfortable confidence alone in the countryside while offering some promise of its greater Victorian partner hidden below in the mature forest of the estate. This picture was painted by the artist in 2007 in an attempt to reinforce his love of  Arts and Crafts workmanship and to help remind him of his family’s long relationship with the Island of Bute.


Original picture painted in acrylic on CS2 board. Size: 300mm x 150mm. Status: sold

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 ‘Fisherman’s Close. Pittenweem, Fife’.

Having had a love affair with the Fife coast which started in the 1990’s Bob has visited, read extensively about and gone on to paint some of his favourite coastal scenes there. This historical scene of Pittenweem in the bygone age of steam powered herring boats hints at the industrious heritage of the port but concentrates on the almost sleepy, higglety – pigglety manner in which the town grew from nothing to be a thriving fishing harbour and has now accepted the 21st century by becoming one of Scotland’s foremost tourist centres. The Bass Rock and the Lothians form the backdrop to this 2007 painting.

Original picture painted in acrylic on CS2 board. Size: 400mm x 550mm.

Status : Available.   Price :  £ 500.00

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 ‘Appletree Farm.  Hawkshead, Cumbria’.

Bob spent time in The Lake District in the spring of 2007 taking photographs, gathering samples of early flowers and painting scenes which he felt would be difficult to capture on film. Appletree Farm with its mass of wild iris and russet grass was one of these scenes where the richness and contrast of the colours looking north towards Whitehaven stopped him in his tracks.


Original picture painted in acrylic on CS2 board. Size : 500mm x 370mm.

Status : Available.   Price :  £ 300.00

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‘Old Castle Lachlan. Loch Fyne, Argyll’.

The Cowal peninsula in Argyll has a unique quality of light no matter which season of the year we find ourselves in. This 2007 picture captures the crispness of early winter looking from Inver Cottage over the estuary to the old ruined castle and beyond to west Argyll. The muted colours of sky, hill and sea loch are sharply contrasted by the shadowy dark massing of the old ruin in the middle distance and the rustic autumnal colouring of the shoreline.

 

 

Original picture painted in acrylic on CS2 board. Size: 400mm x 550mm.

Status: sold.

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 ‘Traquair House.Innerleithan, Peebles.’

As the oldest inhabited house in Scotland, Traquair House presents a formidable almost corrective facade from both sides. The view chosen by the artist in this 2007 painting is that seen when approaching from the west past the Bear Gates. The house boasts great historical romance being the last manor house to offer Bonny Prince Charlie hospitality during his campaign in 1745. It is said that the main gates to the house, the Bear Gates will remain locked until there is a Stuart King once again on the throne of Scotland . The strong Scottish Vernacular mould of the house has been carefully captured in this picture.

Original picture painted in acrylic on CS2 board. Size: 400mm x 350mm.

Status : sold

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‘Downstream from Old Kilpatrick’.

This 2007 view represents just a blink of the eye when exiting the Erskine Bridge off ramp heading north. The view became almost a symbol of going home for Bob as he returned to Strachur each night after leaving university. The sky is huge just where the River Clyde reaches the tail of the bank and turns south west towards the sea. One could travel this road 365 days of the year and never see it the same way twice.

 

 

Original picture painted in acrylic on CS2 board. Size : 400mm x 250mm.

Status : Available.      Price :  £150.00

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‘QSS Queen Mary at Erskine.  C.1939’. 

On a trip to California 22 years ago the artist boarded the Queen Mary now berthed at Long Beach and was so impressed with this major example of Scottish craftsmanship and Art Deco design that he resolved then to produce a painting of her. It may have taken him 20 years to get round to it but this near monochromatic and ghostly silent illustration of the great ship  balances atmosphere with unnervingly huge areas of emptiness. A painting with deep psychological meaning.

 

 

Original picture painted in acrylic on CS2 board.  Size : 800mm x 500mm.

         Status : Available.      Price:   £ 550.00

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       ‘Eilean Donan Castle.   Loch Duich, Kintail’.

This castle, much used by visit Scotland and other tourist promotion groups, is locked in the artist’s memory for a different reason. He first visited the castle in 1973 taking a French student who was staying with him at the time. When they were crossing the bridge to the island stronghold, his dog for reasons best known to itself,launched itself over the parapet and into the outgoing tide flowing under the bridge. It survived as did Bob’s desire to revisit and get inside the castle. Although he has visited or passed Eilean Donan on many occasions since, he has never yet managed to gain entry to the castle. His picture painted in 2007 is from a vantage point to the north west of the castle and allows the illuminating sunlight on the face of the castle to create a stark contrast with the Kintail mountains beyond.

Original picture painted in acrylic on CS2 board.  Size : 600mm x 200mm.

Status : Available.      Price :   £375.00

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‘The Turk at Yorkhill, Glasgow’.

The artist’s love of ships and particularly Clyde Puffers came from his early association with these steam driven workhorses in and around Rothesay harbour on Bute. This not unnatural love was further enhanced by reading the stories of Para Handy and his trusty Vital Spark. Once again Bob uses a near monochromatic style to enhance the drama and atmosphere in his picture.

 

Original picture painted in acrylic on CS2 board. Size: 300mm x 200mm.

Status: sold.

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‘Neist Point Lighthouse, Isle of Skye.’

This mysteriously atmospheric painting is captured close in to the Neist Point sea cliffs showing a troubled sea scouring the rocks below the cliff face. The foreshortened view allows the eye to drift along the headland to the squat tower of the lighthouse then off to a horizon where sea and sky become almost one with only limited colour differential marking where they meet. This picture was produced in 2007 when the artist visited Flodigarry for a short spring break.

 

Original picture painted in acrylic on CS2 board.  Size : 300mm x 200mm.

Status : Available .           
Price :       £ 230. 00

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‘Running on the Beach.  Ailsa Craig, Firth of Clyde’.

A strong graphic design influence is apparent in this 2007 picture where proportion takes control of an essentially two dimensional piece of work and gives an illusion  of perspective. The desire to produce in monochrome is strong in this painting  which is viewed from the Island of Aran and is looking south east to Ailsa Craig and beyond to South Ayrshire.

 

Original picture painted in acrylic on CS2 board.  Size : 150mm x 560mm.

Status : sold.

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 ‘Anstruther Harbour I,  Fife’.

This painting marks a shift in style with a use of stronger colour, heavier contrast  and a more abstract approach to representation of everyday subjects. The Fife villages which Bob had become so passionate about offered a wonderful variation in changing planes within the built environment. This , the first of his paintings of Anstruther, was finished in 2007 and shows an abstract cubism creeping into what could otherwise be a chocolate box composition.

 

 

Original picture painted in acrylic on CS2 board.  Size : 550mm x 400mm.

Status : Available.            

Price :     £ 425. 00

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           ‘Crail Harbour,   Fife’.

 ‘Crail Harbour’shows a continuation of the pseudo abstract approach to the more historical side of the Fife village circuit. Bright colours mingle with a jumble of vernacular building features and seem to hold the traditional fishing boats in place within the harbour walls. Fife is almost crying out for a step back in time to reassure us that our heritage trail contains just that. A contemporary of ‘Anstruther I’, this 2007 painting contains a happiness and warmth despite the dark painted sky.

 

Original picture painted in acrylic on CS2 board.  Size : 400mm x 550mm.

Status : Available.          Price :   £450.00   

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        ‘St Andrews Harbour,    Fife’.

Prints marked with * come as greetings cards unless otherwise requested.  Continuing the Fife Coastal Trail theme this 2007 painting relies heavily on historical reference with regard to the harbour buildings and the fishing boats tied up to the sea wall. St Andrews Harbour has not stood still in its attempts to attract modern leisure craft into its safe moorings and has similarly forced the older buildings to make way for the new. This view looking west towards the square tower of St. Regulus is somewhat changed in the St Andrews of today but as  modern buildings come and go, The Old Cathedral will watch over these changes having 900 years of experience under its walls.  

Original picture painted in acrylic on CS2 board.  Size :  550mm x  400mm.

Status :  Available.      Price  :         £375.00

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‘ Rothesay Harbour,    Isle of Bute’.

Once again a historical theme has been placed on this 2007 painting of Rothesay Harbour. Although Argyll and Bute Council have gone a long way to restore many of the Victorian features of this Clyde coast town, many of the buildings shown in this picture are no longer part of the waterfront scene. Neither are the trams nor the Puffers in the harbour. All of these things though are elements synonymous with Rothesay to the Clyde Coast traveller of a certain vintage and beyond and the memories brought back by this painting are of a late Victorian  Rothesay which has unfortunately all but disappeared

 

Original picture painted in acrylic on CS2 board.  Size : 900mm x 700mm.

Status : sold

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   ‘Inveraray, Argyll.’

Another example of a west coast town with a history. This beautiful example of Georgian town planning sits comfortably at what is considered the gateway to the Western Highlands near the head of Loch Fyne. The artist has chosen a January mid afternoon to produce a picture of architectural balance set against clear chill background. It is unmistakably Inveraray seen from the humpback bridge to the north east. Painted in January ’08.

Original picture painted in acrylic on CS2 board.   Size: 250mm x 550mm.

Status:  sold.

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  ‘The Ross of Mull,   Inner Hebrides.’

Representing a typical summer sunset off the north west coast of Mull, the artist has suggested drama in the scene by showing horizontal stretches of sand and middle distance promontories in dark relief against a golden sky. Painted in summer ’08.

 

Original picture painted in acrylic on CS2 board.  Size  : 300mm x 300mm.

Status  : Available.      Price :   £250.00

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 ‘Staffin from Flodigarry,  
 Isle of Skye.’

During his visit to Flodigarry in 2007 the artist prepared sketch material for this 2008 painting which he returned to Skye in March of that year to finish. The scattered cottages of Staffin with Kilt Rock behind are viewed through a meadow of marram grass and the early Spring weather seems reluctant to let go of the receding winter.

 

Original picture painted in acrylic on canvas board.   Size :  400mm x 400mm.

Status  :  sold.

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 ‘The Last Mooring, Ardfern, Argyll.

One of the artist’s favourite west coast locations, this 2008 painting is a generic representation of the calm relaxed atmosphere prevalent in this part of Scotland.

The frequent flat calms on Loch Craignish  enable the viewer to see an almost mirror image of the location in any direction.  

 

Original picture painted in acrylic on canvas board .   Size : 330mm x 230mm.

Status : sold.

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 ‘The Lifeboat Station.’

This imaginary location painted in 2008 shows a strong commercial influencecoming through in Bob’s work. Having spent thirty years in practice as a commercial designer his desire to experiment with colour and creative ideas comes naturally to the fore. The location could be Orkney, Shetland or the rugged North East coast.  The use of colour leaves the viewer to wonder if its day or night. The image is as much book illustration as anything else but seems to carry the message of calm before the storm.

 

 

Original picture painted in acrylic on canvas board.  Size : 210mm x 310mm.

Status  :  sold.       

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  ‘Low Tide, Kilchattan Bay.   

Isle of Bute.’

In the yesteryear of commerce on the Clyde coast and Islands, Puffers were often seen coming into sheltered shallow waters at high tide and allowing themselves to be beached as the tide went out enabling the local carriers to bring their carts alongside to be loaded with pre ordered products too difficult or expensive to access from the nearest harbour. A historical picture painted in 2008. 

 

Original picture painted in acrylic on canvas board.   Size : 210mm x 310mm.

Status : sold.

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'Puffers on Crinan Canal.  Argyll.’

Another historically founded picture centred around inshore shipping commerce on the Clyde and West coast of Scotland. The artist has chosen his vantage point on board a Clyde Puffer heading west on the canal towards Crinan. The depth of the canal combined with the weight of cargo being carried by these sturdy little craft meant that very often they had no more than a few inches clearance under their hulls and this made passing oncoming traffic a hazardous and necessarily slow procedure.   

 Original picture painted in acrylic on canvas board.     Size :  350mm x 260mm.

Status : Available.      
Price  :     £  320.00.

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‘Castle Stalker.  Appin.’

Castle Stalker rises starkly from its island perch almost like a solid slab of natural rock. Seen in this 2008 picture with the Appin Mountains towering behind to the North East it assumes the appearance of the living rock it sits on. A difficult subject because of its solitude and remoteness the castle is never the less one of Scotland’s most dramatic.  

Original picture painted in acrylic on canvas board.  Size  :  400mm x 300mm.

Status : Available.         
Price  :    £   295.00.

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Tobermory Harbour.  Isle of Mull’.

This typical island harbour close-up painted in 2008 shows no hint of sky other than in reflection from the water. The drabness of the harbour wall and its reflection in the outgoing tide are sharply contrasted by the colourful three dimensional shapes of the fishing boat’s hulls.

 

Original picture painted in acrylic on canvas board.  Size : 350mm x 260mm. 

Status :  sold.

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 ‘The  Bothy’.

As a younger man, the artist spent much time walking the more remote parts of the Scottish Highlands and inevitably made use of the bothies and primitive shelters for walkers few of which now remain useable due to lack of resources and attention and in some measure to vandalism. This 2008 painting is in some measure a tribute to the volunteers who regularly visit these remote structures and make sure that shelter can be afforded to travellers if required. The building is based on a dry-stane cottage at Oban on the island of Harris but has been transported to an imaginary location in a dark and forbidding woodland but offering a welcoming warmth of shelter in its outward façade.

 

Original picture painted in acrylic on canvas board.  Size : 320mm x 400mm.

Status :  Available.         
Price  :     £ 320.00

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