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David Hoey
Taxi for Ireland! It's make your mind up time on #IRExit for the Irish Republic

Taxi for Ireland! It's make your mind up time on #IRExit for the Irish Republic

THERE IS a good case to be made for welcoming the opportunities that Brexit offers Northern Ireland business. Down South, the mood has changed from believing Brexit would never happen, to seeing it ...

Charles Harris
An artists's diary: Winter in the wild

An artists's diary: Winter in the wild

THE SUN arose that morning blazing above the overnight snow, all afire under a layer of thick purple cloud. 

At first the glowing sun spread low, turning the edges of that lower cloud ...

Charles Harris
Art that denies reason defies reality – and denies life

Art that denies reason defies reality – and denies life

DEAR READERS, Thank you for your enthusiastic responses. This time I thought I would enclose a number of them with my thanks and hope I have presented the best of everybody's ideas accordingly. Personally, I do ...

Iain McGill
Diving for Puffin: My Valentine's trip to Iceland

Diving for Puffin: My Valentine's trip to Iceland

HOW WAS your Valentine's Day? I spent mine on EasyJet. I had a hot date alright. In Iceland. In winter. Underwater. And just about the only reasonably priced thing about Iceland was the EasyJet flights. ...

Charles Harris
Public art requires a revolution in approach

Public art requires a revolution in approach

THE MAJOR PROBLEM with Art today is that two different contradicting roads exist within its meaning. One road leads to a proven conventional view. This allows the viewer to see for themselves the reality, power ...

Charles Harris
An artist’s running diary: The subtleties of light.

An artist’s running diary: The subtleties of light.

FRIDAY: A little yellow sun arose this morning amid white foaming clouds, staining them with light brown, like marks on a clean table cloth. Appearing a hint darker in apparent creases, the stain found new patterns, ...

Charles Harris
Help support essential change in art

Help support essential change in art

I AM a classical painter. I was fortunate to train at the Royal Academy in London under the late Peter Greenham OBE, at a time when the art world was being swamped by an obsession ...

Hugh Andrew
A requiem for independent retailers

A requiem for independent retailers

IN ALL THE SOUND and fury of Donald Trump, Brexit, referenda and so on in which, what passes for our press, so delight, a small and poignant event will arrive unnoticed. At the beginning of ...

Charles Harris
The Illusion of Coloured Lights

The Illusion of Coloured Lights

DEAR READER, this time I will begin by asking two questions:

1)  Have you seen the latest trendy activity at Norrie Miller Gardens, Perth, with coloured lights draped over conceptual metal objects and ...

Charles Harris
The 'Cumbernauld mermaid' and other sad tales

The 'Cumbernauld mermaid' and other sad tales

DEAR READERS, thank you for your letters, interest and kind response since Christmas. I am encouraged by your words and very pleased that you have clearly grasped how any attempt at visual art is instantly recognisable for what ...

Charles Harris
An artist's running diary: Winter Light

An artist's running diary: Winter Light

YESTERDAY there were a number of short snow showers which arrived on a strong North Westerly wind. They were thick with snow at times, but the broken sky returned to blue quite quickly and the snow ...

Charles Harris
Art is not about bright colours - tonality is far more important

Art is not about bright colours - tonality is far more important

OVER CHRISTMAS I stayed with my kind friends Tom and Carolyn. I went early on my birthday, but Tom has a new dog and I could not walk the one-to-two hours with my weak foot in the slippery ...