A Coign Of Vantage


A coign of vantage we do share when we view the world with a visionary flair
such space when we distil life’s forms and present them with a love reborn
as the symbols for an unfolding world we etch with care their every curve
with joy we distill their exquisite shapes and express them with a vibrant
scrape of pen or brush with a grateful air and grow an image singularly
fair with nature’s magic redolent there..Au

Celebrating The Divine poem part of Tresco a Sunset Song Video

“such an alignment within all things as we pass through this fine new day
ever the hint of the exquisite in gesture or in deed to have the time to sense
these things and to bring to fruition is perhaps as great a gift as we can
bring to life to see as events arise with a detachment and a grace
and from this noble bearing act without undue haste for faith without works
is lifeless a duty unperformed a moment lost from tilling God’s immortal soil
for how can we ever hope to reap the joy of the eternal now if we have neglected
to sow the seeds such a need for each to cultivate from a place of love and joy
and create a vision worthy to reflect the promised land through love and simplicity
life wonderfully unfolds bringing full measures of the brightness which ever abounds
still sorrow follows joy to test our love for God to make sure we are not found
wanting as we cultivate the Divine eternally….

such a privilege to carry the seeds of our future how do you choose to cast them
this bright new day will you lovingly prepare the soil or shall it be an aimless cast
into barren wastes we each are entrusted with the same quality of Divine seed
it is in the judicious use of this Divinity that humanity will flower in the fullness
of God’s eternal time…”Au

Grace and gratitude



About Alasdair Urquhart Artist and Poet

I am an Artist, Painter, Writer, Poet , Illustrator, Professional Creative Since I was a young child, the exploration of my universe, has been through mark making. Through the innocence of this process, I found a means of communication with others.......a point of contact. Plants, Animals, People, Birds , Insects....... The Cosmos itself............... ..began to be revealed, before my wide, curious eyes. It opened my life, my heart, my mind, something......... fundamental, was touched deep within me, each and every time. Always new....... It was alchemy.... It was beautiful..... I felt my spirit soar........for I had found, A Universal language. For Man it has ever been thus; since earliest times, it has been one of our most basic modes of interaction. Art, draws on the essence of Nature, the Universe itself; connecting us to her rhythms and illimitable moods. When Ancient Man made marks on cave walls it was to reveal to their peers, the mysteries of life....so also its practicalities; for the need for interdependence in daily duties, if they were to survive.......... never mind thrive. Today, there has never been a greater need for Art. Art celebrates all of the senses; giving the body balance and harmony, the soul and mind, a sense of belonging. In the natural world, the function of each organism is to realise its fullest potentialities - - that is its fundamental ethos. We have a need, and duty, to create a Society in which, each one of us, has a chance to develop, their creative abilities to the fullest, in a caring, nurturing environment. We need to redefine our vision of how we wish the world to be ...... The eternal moment is now. for our world is perishing through this very lack. Art works on the inner and the outer senses. Our children are the future! Unless they are nurtured and esteemed through the Arts the present behavioural poverty in our Society will continue to spiral down........." http://alasdairurquhart.webs.com/apps/videos/videos/view/434... How would you describe your style of art? It is an internal response to the energies passing through me in the Eternal Now. it has a figurative, colourful element which is a partial response to the visual impressions received. It is a synthesis of all of my senses. ..especially of Intuition and Knowing ....those most internal of journey senses. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyBgB68vxVo Describe one of your paintings: It is a portrait of a child...Leela....aged three Her Grandmother commissioned it. My brief was to capture the essence of her nature... before her elfin quality, was lost, to social patterning, and conditioning, which commences, when a child begins to name things.... and their relationship with the essence of an object is lost. She is situated in her garden, a wonderful space, which has a Narnia feel to it. It has been developed over a period of months. On each visit I am growing more empathic to the little one's vision and journey. How do you decide on your subject matter? It decides for me :-) It is an internal process.. a beat begins , an upsurge of energy, taste , touch, smell.. ..all the senses are heightened. I feel gently led .... the internal process is partly rationalized by discerning these feelings, articulating them.... often first in words.... free associations help the fluency, patterns emerge.... ..often unexpectedly ..I love it ...a dance begins and I am led...lovingly on a new journey..... ....always different:) Many of my paintings depict richly detailed scenes and reflect my own deep interest in the lives of people and their work. I believe that..... Lives are not ordinary – all our lives and the way we live them and interact with our environment are important. I hold up a mirror to people and situations. Due to the sale of the barn..my previous lovely studio..I have had a beautiful new studio built in my garden.. I am invited out to paint on Tresco, the Isles Of Scilly; The famed sub-tropical Abbey Gardens, and wonderfully diverse geography of this sacred Isle always provide a rich vein of inspiration for me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CR8itsfqJ7A I spend a lot of time on Dartmoor painting the scenes and wildlife, and on and by the rivers Exe, Teign and Dart in Devon. In Cornwall, I enjoy exploring the coves and cliff paths, the beaches and Ports. Another of my loves is rural France. Initially invited over by Monaco Fine Arts in the early 90’s to paint the scenery of Southern France and Northern Italy; I developed a love of the area and spend as much time as possible exploring and painting in the wine regions particularly. I studied at Dundee College of Art from 1974.... finishing my postgraduate studies there in 1979. I won scholarships from the British Council to Budapest Fine Art Academy, and the Elizabeth Greenshield scholarship twice from Montreal, Canada. I have been exhibited at the Scottish Royal Watercolour Society, the Royal Watercolour Society, and the Royal Institute. Also in numerous galleries in towns across England, Scotland and Wales. My work has also been exhibited and in private collections in Europe, America, Canada and Japan. I have received sponsorship from Rosenstiel’s Fine Art Publishers, London, residencies at Grizedale, and Farringdon. My paintings have been published by Rosenstiel’s, Medici and Parnassus.
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4 Responses to A Coign Of Vantage

  1. Ahhhhhhhh……to look through your gaze of love and see through your eyes the images you paint is even more of a delight, now that I am able to open and enlarge it to see the color and textures and the play of light in the scenes of some of your favorite places…… My friend….. You anoint and bless what you behold! What a wonderful use of the gift of your medium of painting……….and writing……….your multi-media presentations of all that you share! I am a spirit that travels vicariously with visionary souls!!! Naomi

  2. Susanne says:

    As always, so beautiful ❤
    Blessings to you and yours, always all ways _/|\_

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