During lockdown, we took the opportunity to clear out my old workshop that had become very cluttered with old projects and other things - mainly because health problems had dictated that I work indoors for a large part of the year. Among large amounts of rubbish - all kinds of things kept because they might come in useful one day - I discovered the above carving - or at least the large piece of lime that I had blocked out and sketched out, with the intention of carving a large Last Supper.
It was started many years ago, because a client from the US had expressed an interest in such a carving. A little while later, he decided that he didn't want it (it hadn't been a firm commission) so I shelved it and got on with other things. There it was, drawn out and blocked out and just asking to be worked on.
I've been working on it, slowly but surely, for some weeks now, right through my 'shielding' time. But there is quite a lot more work to be done on it. I had to rig up a sloping carving station so that I can work on it from my wheelchair, and I'm really hoping to get it to a stage where I can work on it indoors before winter returns, when it will be too cold for me to work at the bottom of the garden.
It's quite a long time since I did any carving at all, even though that used to be my main occupation. I can't begin to tell you how much I'm enjoying working on this!
I'd like to find a good home for it when it's finished - perhaps a church or religious foundation. I'll send it anywhere in the world. Don't hesitate to enquire about measurements, price etc.
As 2020 gets under way, here in Scotland, we're making a determined effort to consolidate and simplify our online presence, all with the aim of getting more and better information to potential customers, as well as those who are just interested in finding out more about what we do.
This means that most of Alan's work will be for sale on two sites: the 200 Year Old House on Etsy and on eBay as well. If you're interested in buying, click on these links to go direct to those stores.
This also means that we'll be seeking to refresh the images on this website more often, including new work whenever possible - but also that this page has become a 'news' rather than a blog page. Most of our blogging about Alan's work, about Scotland and other interesting topics, will be concentrated on our 200 Year Old House blog. If you click on the link it should take you to our sister site where you can read more about where we live and what we do, including Alan's unique painting style.
Happy New Year to all our customers, past, present and to come. Don't hesitate to contact us through the contact page on this site, through our sales channels, or through the 200 Year Old House blog if you prefer.
This month, at Garrion Bridges Art and Antique Centre Alan has set up a little promotional display for his folk art furniture. If you follow the signs from Glasgow along the Clyde valley, towards New Lanark, you'll pass the turnoff for Garrion just beside the Garrion Bridges over the River Clyde - it's a very friendly place, with an excellent cafe and lots of beautiful antiques. There are some lovely pictures of a number of his pieces of work (the photographs are for sale too!) as well as a couple of pretty plaques, and a rolling pin and butter pats, all hand painted.
Contact us on 01655 750386 if you would like to commission a piece, or to visit Alan's studio, here in Kirkmichael in Ayrshire, and buy one of the wonderful fairytale pieces he already has in stock! Visitors only by appointment. You can visit friendly Garrion Bridges at any time during normal working hours.
We've been quiet for a little while because Alan has been working hard on a new range of absolutely gorgeous folk art furniture. The above piece is a child's vintage wooden rocking chair, made in Slovenia and Alan has decorated it freehand with extraordinary traditional Slovenian motifs - bees and decorative beehives, a peasant boy fighting a dragon and various agricultural motifs, sometimes quite quirky. It is currently for sale in our Etsy store: the 200 Year Old House. Why not go over there and have a look at our other vibrant and original items.
With Easter and Good Friday fast approaching this seems like a good time to publicize the fact that we badly want to find a new home for this large and impressive piece of work - that really needs to be in a church or some kind of religious foundation. It is a crucifixion scene, in acrylics on canvas, with an extraordinary hand made driftwood frame - the whole thing is disturbing, but very beautiful. We need space, so we will consider literally any offer for it, provided it comes from a worthy source, and provided you can arrange to pick it up from the studio, here in South Ayrshire. It would fit in the back of a reasonably big people carrier, or small van. It seems such a shame that such an amazing piece of work isn't being seen more widely! So do pass this on to any church, parish, religious association you feel might be interested. You can contact us through this website, or through Alan's Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/alanleesartist/
Alan's wonderful 'Bonspiel' curling picture went to a new home a few weeks ago. We had had some of his wintry pictures made into Christmas cards. It wasn't a marketing exercise as such, since they were sent to lots of old friends who know all about Alan's work - although the wonderful Moo.com allowed us to upload several pictures in one order, always an advantage when ordering greetings cards.
Anyway, a good Scottish friend of many years standing, now living in the south of England, saw the picture and wondered if it might still be 'on the market'. It was, and now it has pride of place in his living room. It's always so satisfying to place a picture with somebody who really loves it!
I haven't done much blogging this autumn, but I HAVE been doing a lot of painting, and we've been changing my artworks monthly at the excellent Garrion Bridges Art and Antiques Centre. We're about to go there tomorrow and make sure that there are lots of Christmassy artworks on display, so if you're looking for a very special gift for somebody, do go and have a look, or make an appointment to visit my studio. The above picture - End of Shift - will be on display there till Christmas.
Thought you might like to see our latest offering at the lovely, friendly quirky Garrion Bridges Garden and Antique Centre so here it is. We're particularly fond of the extra large picture in acrylics, titled 'A Pipe, A Dream and an Ice Cream.'
Pictures are changed every month, at the beginning of each month, and we try to keep the display quite seasonal now - hence these warm and summery pictures. Most of the artworks displayed can also be found in Alan's Etsy Store, Arts of Scotland, but don't hesitate to enquire if you see something you like. Or head along to Garrion - only a short drive from Glasgow - to see the pictures in reality. You can buy them there immediately. And they have a very good cafe as well.
Watch this space for news of sales and forthcoming exhibitions too!