You know what makes me grumpy? All the Grumpy Old Men who appeared on the BBC TV series were younger than me, that's what makes me grumpy. Mutter, mutter....

The Grumpy Old Artist

The Grumpy Old Artist
Would YOU pose for this man???

Exhibition Poster

Exhibition Poster
Catterline Event, 2011

Oil Painting by Jim Tait

Oil Painting by Jim Tait
Helford River, Cornwall

Oil Painting by Jim Tait

Oil Painting by Jim Tait
Full-riggers "Georg Stage" and "Danmark"

Other Recent Works

Other Recent Works
Fordyce Castle and Village

Hay's Dock, Lerwick

Shetland-model Boats at Burravoe, Yell

Tall Ships Seascape

The Tour Boat "Dunter III", with Gannets, off Noss

The "Karen Ann II" entering Fraserburgh harbour

Summer Evening, Boyndie Bay

1930s Lerwick Harbour

Johnshaven Harbour

"Seabourn Legend"

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Sunday, 1 March 2009


Retired Duo's Displays Show The Many Faces Of Amateur Painting

So expectorated the headline in "The Shetland Times" on Friday 27th February 2009. Underneath it was a critique, by Peter Davis, of the current exhibition in Shetland Museum, by Bobby Robertson and myself.

There was a sub-heading, underneath the headline, which stated:- "Classic Tait theme of loan boat in heavy seas". What, in heaven's name, is a loan boat - the marine equivalent of the gravy train? I know that many fishing vessels have been purchased with assistance from banks, and that many fishermen have seen loan sharks lurking in the depths, but this is a presumptive statement, against which I must protest.

Visions are entering my tortured imagination of a bank manager donning his stetson and mask, as he mounts his white charger and sets off into the sunset, with his faithful redskin sidekick Tonto. As the strains of the William Tell Overture ring out, his adoring public realise, with sadness, that another episode of The Loan Ranger has come to an end.

A hard-up but hopeful Laurel and Hardy are on the trail of the loansome pine, and Robert Duvall, as Gus, is eagerly pursuing the Loansome Dove, in the hope that it lays a golden egg or two. An impecunious Elvis approaches Priscilla hopefully, singing, "My dear, are you loansome tonight?" These images are crying out for artistic impression from me.

"Lord, it's sad to be a loan.
Help me make it through the night"
wept Kris Kristofferson, and Gladys Knight plaintively echoed the privation.

Mr Davis is an artist of repute and talent, who nevertheless should stand a bit closer to his dictionary when penning his reviews. In this instance, the spell-checker on his computer would have been of little use. Had he consulted his local directory, he would have also realised that I am neither retired nor amateur, whatever his opinion may be of my artwork. In July, I will never see sixty again, but I have been in full-time self-employment as an artist for five years, and will continue to be so for as long as I can. Things are difficult at the moment, but better times are ahead - I can feel it in my creative water.

1 comment:

Tom Morton said...

Peculiar review in the ST, I thought, with Mr D assuming a lofty perspective of languid 'professionalism'. Ah, well, that's the runny school of drippy watercolour blobulists for you.