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  1. I'm delighted to tell you that I have a new 1000 piece jigsaw design available from my fabulous jigsaw publisher Ravensburger. 

    The new jigsaw is called Harbour Life and is inspired by the walrus who visited the coastal towns this summer. It pictures a busy coastal harbour scene with boats and fishermen.a village nestles into the hills and behind are trees, clouds and a hot air balloon. Perfect for the dark nights.

    harbour life

    Although this one is hot from the press the next one is already in the making. Watch this space!

  2. I'm looking forward to opening my studio space this year for the 2023 Spring Fling Open Studio Event from the 27th to the 29th May. I'll have new paintings, cards, prints, textiles and more. 

    Spring Fling is a fabulous visual art and craft open studios event covering the length and breadth of Dumfries and Galloway in South West Scotland. It is highly regarded as one of the UK’s most successful contemporary visual art and craft open studio events.

    I have created a new big painting called The Unexpected Guest which will be my feature painting of the weekend.

    The Unexpected Guest - painting 1000

    To find out more check out my Spring Fling Open Studio page here.

  3. This year I'm delighted to be taking part in the Upland Made Visual Art and Craft Fair. The fair will take place on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November at Easterbrook Hall in Dumfries.

    This year I am one of 34 exhibitors taking part selling everything from paintings, prints and pottery to jewellery, furniture and clothing. As well as original Ailsa Black paintings and hand signed prints I will have calendars and Xmas cards for sale.

    Border Collie Xmas Card

    There will also be a cafe and hot food from the Stockbridge Mac & Cheese Co.
    Demonstrations by some of the exhibitors.
    Activities for children including soft play from Play & Explore and drop-in have-a-go pottery sessions with Clay Works Studio.

    Saturday 5th Nov (12pm-5pm)    |

    Sunday 6th Nov (10am-4pm)

    All day: Children’s drop-in sessions with Clay Works

    All day: Children’s drop-in sessions with Clay Works

    All day: Café & soft play

    All day: Café & soft play

    Demo: 1.30pm Laura Derby - Textiles

    Demo: 11.30am Andrew Adair - Ceramics

    Demo: 3.30pm Ruth E Jones - Ceramics

    Demo: 2.30pm Helen Walsh - Textiles

    Read more about it here.

    The other exhibitors are - Hazel Campbell (painting), Anne Butler (painting), Gail Kelly (printmaking), Alan Cameron (printmaking), Clare Dawdry (ceramics), Helen Walsh (mixed media/textiles), Jesse Ball (jewellery), Jay Rubinstein (wooden mobiles), Ruth Elizabeth Jones (ceramics), Morag Macpherson (textiles), Tricia Barna and Andy Philpott (painting/furniture), Heather Armstrong (ceramics), Natalie Vardey (jewellery), Jo Shennan (mixed media), Josh Williams (ceramics), Daniel Lacey (wood/furniture), Laura Derby (textiles), Val Macadam (illustration), Ruth Hanson (mixed media), Peter Smith (wood), Liz Dagg (painting), Pamela Grace (painting/ printmaking), Kay Ribbens (textiles), Andrew Adair (ceramics), Sarah Stewart (printmaking), Fitch & McAndrew (ceramics), Jo Gallant (textiles), Jackie Zehnder (ceramics), Suzanne Stuart Davies & Julian Francis (painting/ceramics), Janet Ibbotson (textiles), Sue Hughes (textiles), Dorothy Stewart (textiles) and Lucy Hadley (printmaking).