Wednesday, 17 September 2014

"Golden Summer" Acrylic 5" x 7"

"Golden Summer"
Acrylic 5" x 7"

There has been  a wee 5" x 7" frame lying in the studio for quite a while now. An error on my part when placing an order with my framer. Anyways today I cut a piece of MDF to fit the frame and painted a sunny wee landscape on it. Looks quite lovely in it's frame and would bring a little bit of sunshine to someone's dark corner of the room.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

"By all these lovely tokens September days are here,
With Summers best of weather
And Autumn's best of cheer."
Helen Hunt Jackson

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Yesterday was a good day.....

Yesterday was a good day, I took a wee batch of paintings down to the Framework Gallery in Troon to be framed. Had a nice wee chat with Peter about art and discussed what would suit the paintings. A frame can kill or enhance a painting and I know my work is in good hands. They will also be hung in the Gallery when framed. On the way home I stopped for a walk along the beach at Barassie. It was a glorious day and warm for September with only a wee breeze wafting in from the sea....most!
TODAY.....I find myself wondering why I ever thought I could paint...nuff said!

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Work in progress....a bonnie foal

Roughed in study of a stunning foal born this year at Rosalyn Serex's Solaris Sport Horses Balhaldie Farm. A friend on facebook, Ros, her husband and family breed the most stunning foals. Each years foals seem to surpass the last. This year is no difference and this stunning black colt with four white socks ( now named Just Jet SSH) has stood out from the moment I first saw his photos. Many thanks to Ros for allowing me to work from her images.
I suppose you could call this a re-cycled painting as it was originally a wee landscape. One of those that there was something not quite right about it. So, it found itself in the pile of discarded painting's destined to be gessoed and painted over. Waste not want!
I'm also playing nurse at the moment to wee Buddy who was at the vet yesterday. Nothing serious, well as a female I would probably say that...snip, snip and it was all over ;)

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Almost September...

Yesterday I was bemoaning the chilly mornings and cold evenings, or was it the other way around? So I was surprised to step out this morning on my walk and find it really quite warm...not that I'm complaining or were the dogs. Being Sunday we walked a little further than normal as Sunday tends to be a lazy day i.e we don't do anything that remotely resembles work. Mind you I think someone must have started a cycle club with the number of cyclists we met. Buddy and Lilly not overly fond of cyclists showed their disdain to each and everyone of them. The cyclists unaware of the danger they were in waved cheery hello's our way as they day the hounds of hell shall break!
"By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer."
Helen Hunt Jackson

Saturday, 30 August 2014

"Early Dark" Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Early Dark"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

Early Dark, another one that hasn't photographed as well as I would have liked the blues aren't quite as blue in the flesh. Earlier dark, another sign that Autumn is creeping silently upon us. That and the cool mornings and chilly nights. Not quite suffering from the winter blues yet as Autumn has to be one, if not my most favourite of the season's. Hedgerows hanging with berries, hawthorns a red blaze with fruit. Golden fields, some still to be cut and others with row upon row of bales. Gosh where has the year gone, come Monday we will be into September. Soon the garden will need help for it's long sleep until next Spring.
"Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees." ~Faith Baldwin

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

"Fields of Summer" Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Fields of Summer"
Acrylic 6" x 6"
Finally managed get a painting completed and signed off the easel. Things just haven't been happening, much of it my own doing I'm afraid. This one started off as a wipe off/paint over and came straight out off my head...or what I call a makee!


Yesterday my wee sweetheart Lilly celebrated her 5th birthday. She arrived in my life a year ago next month and she along with Buddy has been a continual source  of fun, love and entertainment. Life would most certainly have been a lot quieter and emptier without them in it. I'm thankful for everyday they are in my life.


Thursday, 21 August 2014

An honest eye....

There is just something so honest about a horses eye. I never tire of trying to paint/photograph them!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

"You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us." ~Robert Louis Stevenson

Sunday, 17 August 2014

"Five Yachts Counted" Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Five Yachts Counted"
Acrylic 6" x 6"
Finally managed this wee one finished the rocks proved a little challenging and were wiped off more than once but I've settled for them now. Just noticed in my excitement to get it finished I forgot to sign it. Hopefully I remember before it's framed :D
Bitter cold and windy today but I'm hoping there will still be plenty more fine days before winter starts to sink her teeth in and I put the heating! Have a warm one where ever you are and thanks for looking in....

Friday, 15 August 2014

Work in progress...untitled seascape

I really have been neglecting my artwork, getting caught up with life and all the trials it brings and spending too much time on social media. Plus I guess you could add gardening to the equation, though I have to say that helps keep me sane......well as sane as I am ever likely to get. So I started this wee 6" x 6" seascape about 15 minutes ago. Starting is always the hardest thing to do. Just the wee matter of getting focus back into my thick skull....and keep focussing!

Monday, 11 August 2014

Art off the Square Exhibition 13th - 16th August

Not the best of days to be delivering paintings, high winds and heavy showers. Surprisingly my friend Jane (who was at the wheel) and I got it dry to get paintings packed in the car and into Kilbarchan's East Church hall. Been a couple of years since I've exhibited at Art off the Square so I'm looking forward to renewing the accquaintance. It will be held over three days from 13th - 16th August at the Kilbarchan East Church hall and I can highly recommend a visit....even if it's just to sample the delicious home baking.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Mellow August

I always think of August as the mellowing month. Nature turns a corner and starts to slow down, vibrant greens soften and the golds and ochres start to creep in, this could possibly be my favourite time of!


Friday, 8 August 2014

"A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature." ~Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

"The Calm" Acrylic 6" x 6"

"The Calm"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

Couldn't get on my blog earlier for whatever reason? No worries better late than never and 'the calm' is my new mantra lol. Had some trouble getting a good photogrpah of this wee seascape, doesn't have quite the glow of the original. It really is better in the!

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Sitting here wondering.....

Sitting here wondering where on earth the first half off the year disappeared too. Here we are into August and I don't seem to have accomplished even a part off what I had hoped to. The weather as I said when I purchased my fan has cooled quite a bit and brought some rain with it. I'm not even going to dare say a wee bit sun would be nice. This weekend see's the end of Glasgow's Commonwealth Games with the closing ceremony tomorrow night. I'm so proud off how everyone has helped to make these 'the friendly games', and, with how well our home team have done, not too mention the teams from the rest of our United Kingdom. While searching my library of photos for something a little autumnal I found the picture above.......a most appropriate emblem of Scotland, the thistle!
I hope you enjoy what is left of your weekend. I shall endeavour to have something to show from the easel next week, so remember to pop in......

Sunday, 27 July 2014

"The Chase" Acrylic 8" x 8"

"The Chase"
Acrylic 8" x 8"
While watching some of the exciting sport from Glasgow's Commonwealth Game, I was struck by  the dedication and commitment needed to compete at this level. It made me think about how lapsed I've been in my dedication to my art. Just like the Commomwealth athletes and everyone else who has a gift, music, dance, writing, the gift isn't enough. It has to be nurtured, pushed for it to become the best you can be. I struggled with this wee seascape today, it's been pushed, wiped off, shouted at and there's a chance the next time I look at it consigned to the sin bin. I need to push myself harder at becoming more commited to my gift....use it or lose it is the! 

Saturday, 26 July 2014

From the scrapbook....

May morning, Middleton Park - Edward Seago

Another favourite artist of mine, the wonderful Edward Seago. I love his amazing landscapes but this gorgeous early morning training scene is just the perfect mix of my two favourite!

Friday, 25 July 2014


An Ayrshire moo enjoying cooling her feet in the burn that runs through her!

Well I managed to get to Irvine today to the Homebase store and pick up a fan. Really should have got two because now I have to move this one back and forth between the studio and downstairs. I shall pop back in the next few days. I have to say it's a pleasure to now having some fresh air circulating  my Buddy especially is enjoying the cool breeze although he wasn't to sure of it to begin with, bless him.
Well I hope you have a lovely weekend and thanks again for popping in....

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Too much heat....

It's way too warm today again. Finding it very difficult to paint because of the heat, so tomorrow I'll have to have a look for a fan. Meanwhile a nice summery meadow for you to look at, without the risk of!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

"Let's go there" Oils 6" x 6"

"Let's go there"
Oils 6" x 6"

Finished off the wee oil by making that spot on the horizon a bit brighter.....added Cadmium Yellow Mid. Also added it to some of the clouds to give it a wee bit ooomph.
Commonwealth Games start this evening at Parkhead, Glasgow. Looking forward to it apart from the ridiculous team outfits our team are being forced to wear. Imagine training to get a spot on the team and having to wear this.....

Thanks for looking in have a great!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014


Peekaboo.......I'm back after having had a few computer glitches. Won't bore you all with the details but it's safe to say that there was much angst at the thought of losing precious images from my computer. Fortunately the problem lay not with my computer but my internet provider. Not that they notified me in anyway about it, I found out because my friend has the same provider and she also has her phoneline with them. It did frighten me enough to make me more careful about having everything backed up on discs and looking into buying an external drive to store  my photos in....I know I can hear you all saying you should already be doing that.
In the past being unable to get online would have had me doing handstands, but it was only the fear off losing my photos that had me in a tizzy. It almost felt like, and your going to laugh at this, having an excuse not to go online, forget all about Facebook, Twitter blah de dah de dah and do OTHER things. Maybe just maybe after sixteen plus years I've finally become! Early days off course, we are still in summer, where the outdoor beckons and I could still be tantalised back when the days shorten. But for now I shall try and keep it to a daily blog post......SMILE!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Let's go there.....

My first attempt at a landscape in oils in what must be twenty years. In fact it probably is my first proper attempt at a landscape in oils ever. Twenty or so years ago my landscapes would be horses in a suggested background....with emphasis on suggested. I have much to learn but a basis on which to work on. And, let's face it with painting everyday is a learning curve.
The title as usual came for this one as I was painting it, though there have been times when the title has preceded the painting. This one when and if it get's finished will be called "Let's Go There". When my brother and I were young and Dad was on his two weeks holiday from work, the four of us used to get bundled into the car for day trips. Scotland being Scotland the weather wasn't always on or side. Like the painting it could be a little overcast and Dad would point to the bright spot on the horizon and say "Let's Go There!" and we would all!
Thanks as always for popping in and hope that some point there will have been a bright spot in your!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Bit stressed but a new blog I think.....

Well after much tearing out of hair, not too mention all the newly acquired grey ones I think I have a new blog. Just a wee extra one for just the paintings. I know they can get swallowed up on here with all the other photos and quotes e.t.c I like to share. So if you ever just want to look at the art you will find it at Elizabeth McCrindle From The Easel
I've already added a few oldies to get it started. Hope you'll follow along with it and don't be scared to say hello....time now I think for bed :)

Monday, 14 July 2014

"Yesterday brought the beginning, tomorrow brings the end, and somewhere in the middle we became the best of friends." ~ Anon

Sunday, 13 July 2014

"What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade." ~Gertrude Jekyll

Saturday, 12 July 2014

"Golden Boy" Oils 8"x 8"

"Golden Boy"
Oils 8" x 8"

Signed this wee one this morning so that's it officially done and dusted. Buddy is now on the payroll as my studio model, no doubt there will be more paintings of him to share. Lilly will be wanting in on the fun to so you can look out for her in future!

Friday, 11 July 2014

Almost there.....

Nearly done with this one, sometimes knowing when to stop is the hardest part. I'd really like to leave some of the raw linen showing so, just a few more details and flicks and I think I'll be done. Have to say I've enjoyed this one immensely. I think there really is a lot to be said for knowing your subject!
Weather is unbeliveably warm here (too warm for me) so I might just have the weekend off. Hope you have a lovely weekend where ever you be and whatever the weather...thanks for looking :)

Thursday, 10 July 2014


"My little dog(s) — a heartbeat at my feet." ~Edith Wharton