Daniel Fitzpatrick: Portrait Artist.

On the walls of the building I work in there are many great works of art.
You can see and read about four of them by clicking HERE.

Although I really like a lot of the paintings on the walls, I always find myself staring at a wee flyer which is pinned to a notice board in a corner of our staff tea room.
It’s by a colleague (And pal) of mine and as I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s stunning…

Painted by Glasgow Portrait Artist Daniel Fitzpatrick, it’s just one example of his amazing talent.

I’m pretty sure that I’m going to steal the flyer from the notice board in work in a few days because to be quite honest, I usually stare at it for an hour every day instead of actually having lunch.
I’m wasting away because of this painting!

I’m one of those people who constantly says: “Ach, I wish I could paint” because I really can’t paint but I’m not one of those people who doesn’t try to paint.
My problem is that none of my paintings ever turn out anywhere near as good as this:

Check out Danny’s website HERE.

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The Trongate, Glasgow.

I’ve got a bit of an obsession going on with the Trongate area of Glasgow.
It’s one of the oldest streets in Glasgow and these days I’m spending more and more time down there.
I was thinking the other day about how little the Trongate seems to have changed over the years.

For instance,
I took this photo 2 days ago:

And here’s a drawing of the area facing the same direction from 1774:

I’ve been looking for photographs of Glasgow Cross and Trongate for 2 weeks now.
Here are some of the more interesting ones…

Looking West, 1770:

A lithograph depicting the visit of Queen Victoria to Glasgow in 1849:

Looking East, 1860:

1896:

1909:

Looking West,
This is an oil painting of the Trongate circa 1770-1790 by an unknown artist:

Notice the now demolished tollbooth to the right of the painting attached to the Clock Tower/Steeple.
That clock tower still stands and is well loved.

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