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"

Greeting Cards!

Greeting Cards!
Now Available in Packs of Five or in Assorted Sets of Four

Wednesday, 19 August 2009


On Saturday 8th August, I decided to hold my final stall of the summer at the Toll Clock Shopping Centre in Lerwick. That day, the cruise ship "Tahitian Princess" was tied up at the nearby Morrison Dock, and her payload of passengers, mostly elderly Americans, were having a wander round town, enjoying the mild and dry, if not particularly sunny, weather. One of these, an octogenarian from Florida, stopped to have a look at my prints, and took a fancy to the one of the SS "St. Clair" off Buchan Ness.
"Tell you what," he said, "How about we do a swap?"
I can't remember exactly what my reply was, probably something like "What?"
He produced, from a carrier bag, a tan-coloured suede leather jacket.
"Wanna try it on?" he asked. I did. It fitted perfectly, even the sleeves.
"There. That jacket for the print. What do you think of that?"
I asked him why he didn't want the jacket.
"Too warm for where I come from." he replied.
I had a choice - either accept or refuse. I accepted.
I am now, officially, part of the barter system!

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