Christmas Greetings.



Wishing all my friends and customers a Happy Christmas.

Here is a chance for you to be entered into a Free prize draw to win the only signed proof copy of my 2017 Calendar. All you have to do is “like” the photo of me with the proof below, or on the Butterworth Gallery FaceBook page. Closing time is midnight 07.01.17. The winner will be notified by 10th Jan 2017. We will send a regular A4 calendar too, as I think this may be more useful!

Good luck to all those that enter, however there can only be one winner!

Best wishes for a safe and prosperous 2017.




‘River Dee in November’


‘Storm Frank’ devastated many businesses and homes in the Deeside valley in December. Royal Deeside is a wonderful place, especially Ballater, which I’ve called home for more than thirty years; so to show support and aid the raising of relief funds for people and businesses who have been deeply affected, I’m donating “November at Bobbie’s Pool” a painting of the River Dee completed in 2006.

This painting was originally showcased in an exhibition of mine at the ‘Marcliffe at Pitfodels’ to support The River Dee Trust. The exhibition was successful in raising a substantial amount of money. This painting has been in my private collection since, but I’m now hopeful that it will help raise the necessary funds to enable the local community to rebuild the areas affected  by Storm Frank and I’m happy to see that the community spirit is already shining bright, with lots of work and refurbishments already underway.

“November at Bobbie’s Pool” will be auctioned at the Victory and Albert Halls at the Ballater and Deeside  Flood Fundraising Event, on Saturday the 6th February from 7pm. Although tickets have sold out the organisers and Butterworth Gallery are taking bids until 5pm on Friday 5th February for more details contact or Tel: 013398 86104.

Autumn at Royal Church near Balmoral.



It’s #FINDHOWARD weekend!

Howard will be painting on Saturday 3rd October, from 11am – 2pm at Crathie Church, near Balmoral. So if you’re out and about this weekend and would like to see an artist painting ‘en plain air’ come along and have a chat with Howard; he’s more than happy to answer any questions you may have and there will also be some Archie Foundation, #FINDHOWARD goody bags, with Mackie’s of Scotland chocolate inside.

You could also enter this weeks ‪#‎FINDHOWARD‬ clues and competition with The Press and Journal, Aberdeen.

This is the eleventh of twelve locations where Howard will be painting to help, ‘The Archie Foundation’ and their campaign to raise enough funds for the proposed digital art gallery at RACH (Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital).


For all enthusiastic GeoCache seekers, we have a multi cache for you this week: but also remember to ask Howard for his unique TravelBug code!

If you are interested in viewing more of Howard’s work; The Butterworth Gallery in Ballogie, near Aboyne,  has a permenant exhibition of his work and is open from Thursday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm, it is also possible to telephone and make an appointment outwith these times Tel:013398 86104. Alternatively Howard’s paintings can be viewed online at www.The

written by H.J.K

The Cadmium yellow Labrador and a few other anecdotes………..


Howard can often be found painting near Loch Muick or by the River Dee, truly beautiful places to be on Royal Deeside.  Painting days can often involve colourful events, people and animals;  Howard has a few funny anecdotes of these occasions…

On a lovely day a few years ago, after finishing painting for the day, Howard tells me that he, “…put (his).. palette on the ground and a woman came along with her golden labrador” he asked the lady to keep the dog back, but before you knew it the labrador promptly stood on his palette right in the middle of the cadmium yellow…”and got a real dollop on it!  Now Cadmium yellow is the most difficult oil paint to get out of labrador’s paws, in fact carpets, coats or anything you get it on.  It really is very, very persistent and even though I washed the paw…., I’m absolutely certain that the woman’s car would have (been covered in it)….and the dog would have remained (spreading cadmium yellow) for about six weeks!”……….. oh dear, let’s hope she hasn’t held it against him!

Howard’s favourite time of year to paint is the summer, when it’s warm and Deeside blooms in all it’s glory. However, this time of year painting outdoors still has it’s pitfalls, including the blight of the Scottish Midgie!

“On one occasion I stood the midges for as long as I could and then rushed into my car to get away from them, only to find that the car was more full of midges than the outside, …I had left the window open; they didn’t stop biting…..and I was at screaming point!” His children fondly recall times when Howard has been known to use his painting palette and the sticky oil paint  to swipe them from above his head in an attempt to rid himself of their pestering……I think we can all have empathy with that, but I wonder if they end up on any of his canvases?

Although Howard loves all the flora and fauna to be found on his beloved Deeside and is very knowledgable when it comes to the local wild animal community they can make him exasperated at times……”I had planted a Victoria Plum tree, which had taken about five years to get to about five feet high and it had produced a Victoria Plum, a perfect plum and it had ripened beautifully…..(I thought)tomorrow that will be perfect and I will harvest it and eat it”, the following day much to Howard’s discontent there was no plum, there wasn’t even a plum tree….the Deer had eaten the whole lot!!

He must of forgiven them though as they do feature in one or two paintings … one of the most beautiful and a splendid example is Highland Territory;  can you spot them!


written by H.J.K with quotes and stories by Howard.