Saturday, 28 March 2015


Tulips starting to open in the heat. One of these days I'll get the courage to paint flowers...

Tuesday, 24 March 2015


Think this is my favourite...

A serious Lilly

A not so serious frog Live Love and a somewhat faded Laugh!

My boy Buddy

Sparkling Dwarf Daffodils

My wee Canon Powershot has been a great servant over the years but recently it started to feel a wee bit tired. So today I bought myself a new one a Powershot SX50HS. We are just getting to know each other at the moment but for a wee guy it packs quite a!

Saturday, 21 March 2015

It's official, it's Spring...

"The best things in life are nearest,
Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet."
Robert Louis Stevenson

It's official, Spring has arrived. Glorious sunshine, longer light and that awakening of something you can't put your finger on, but just know it's there. It seems easier to get out of bed in the morning and there's a pull, some magical force, enticing you to be outside....yes Spring is here!

Sunday, 15 March 2015

"Golden Grasses" Acrylic 12" x 12"

"Golden Grasses"
Acrylic 12" x 12"
What a beautiful morning, one that made you step out that bit further on your walk, much to Buddy and Lilly's delight. There was a feel of Spring in the air, some heat and a hint that the buds on the hedges and shrubs are starting to fatten. Of course by tomorrow we could be back to the cold, wind and rain, but today our spirits took a lift. With my newly charged batteries I even managed a larger painting than the norm. I know 12" x 12" isn't large by any standard but for someone who has been putting out a good few six by sixes over the last few month's this was another step forward. I have to say I'm really quite pleased with the finished piece. There were some moments when I wasn't too sure it was going well but I plodded new motto "Just Plod On"....
I will now enjoy the rest of my Sunday, sitting back with a good book and some TV in the evening. I hope you've had a good weekend too, look back soon! 

Saturday, 14 March 2015

"There will come a time
when you believe
everything is finished.

That will be 
the beginning"

Elizabeth Gilbert

Thursday, 12 March 2015

"A lovelier blossom lights in the gloom,
That timid fears impart,
The heaven fed flower of Purity;
Oh! Nurse the snowdrop still!
And in it's breath, a charm shall be,
To guard thee from all ill"

Monday, 9 March 2015

Special Treat....

"Zippy" by Linda Shantz
copyright Linda Shantz

"Sheldon" by Linda Shantz
copyright Linda Shantz

A special treat for everyone looking in and a really special treat for me (we artists don't just stop at painting we like to collect other artist's as well). These fabulous foal studies arrived today all the way from Canada and I can't describe how delighted I am with them. Couple of weeks back my good friend and fellow artist Linda Shantz introduced us to her brand new website and I pounced on these two wee beauties as fast as my finger could hit the pay button. They are so lovely in the flesh and I can't wait to get them framed. There is still a great selection waiting for their forever homes so be sure to have a look thorough on the link.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Torrance Gallery's Spring Exhibition

"Spring Bouquet"
Acrylic 6" x 8"

"Last Light"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

Oil 6" x 6"
These are three of the paintings that will be heading off to Edinburgh on Monday. Still working on the last one, fingers crossed I get it finished tomorrow, living life on the edge artist style lol. Getting them in their frames and then wrapped to survive the journey is sometimes harder and more time comsuming than painting! The exhibition runs from 14th March through to 19th April in the Torrance Gallery, Dundas Street. If your in Edinburgh during the dates pop in for a wee look, you might just bag yourself a bargain!

Thursday, 5 March 2015

"A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song." ~Chinese Proverb

Monday, 2 March 2015

Wee Nosey...

Busy day today cutting and priming boards of various sizes not my most favourite job...bleugh! Time consuming and sometimes messy. Pomeranians seem particularly adept at getting gesso on their coats, thankfully it brushes out without much trouble.
No painting, so instead a couple of shots of wee nosey aka Buddy sitting on the stairs. From there he can view the world go past, and invariably let's everyone know when someone something that small can cause so much noise astounds

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Colin - Oil 6" x 6"

Oils 6" x 6"
Finally Colin has a face, I don't normally post on a Sunday, but I was keen to follow on from yesterday's post. I've also added the other progress photos below, just in case you had forgotten who Colin! Pretty happy with how he's turned out and feeling much inspired to get back to work. I'm going to share a link from my blog to my art page on Facebook, that way those who have been kind to take an interest in my work won't feel left out!
Well that is us now into March and today was the first day of Spring. I have to say it was not much spring like with rain, sleet and hail, all hitting us for good measure, but as my Gran used to say " if March comes in like a Lion, it will leave as a Lamb"'s hoping!
Be back soon and thanks for!

Saturday, 28 February 2015 artist

Thursday evening (26th) I was scrolling aimlessly through Facebook and I suddenly thought, enough, what am I doing here?  I had a 6" x 6" painting sitting on my easel that I started back in January and here I was looking through images of other artist's work. But, I can't just blame Facebook, my art and myself has gradually over the last few years lost direction. I'm not making excuses, I don't really know why, what I do know is that something has to stop or as in this case start. So right there and then I let everyone know who follows me on FB that I would be taking time out from it. I was actually quite surprised when lot's of my artist friends replied to my post that they were feeling the same way. Could it be that social media is taking it's toll and stripping us of our creative juices? Probably not, but I do know I need to retreat to my cave for the time being and find me and my art again. I've always found comfort in writing my blog and will be continuing to do so. There's time to gather your thoughts in a blog. Other avenues of social media are akin to being in a busy rail station or airport with all the rush and noise they create.
Spring is just around the corner, even if the wind is biting cold there are subtle signs that it's coming. The daylight for a start is getting longer, that in itself raises the spirits. Bulbs are tentatively pushing through the surface and my snowdrops, crocuses and dwarf daffodils are already in bloom. The bird station has been moved to the top of the garden and the robin is tolerating another robin in his territory.
I will be back soon, hopefully with a signed painting of poor Colin the moo who looks at me from the easel willing me to finish him. In the meantime thanks for!

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Blink of Sunshine.....

Was sitting working away on the computer this afternoon when I was aware of a shaft of light coming thorough the stair window. I glanced to my right and there was Buddy lying on the stair landing with the sunlight shafting through the venetian blinds. As chance would have it the power shot was sitting on the computer table....a gorgeous wee golden powder!

Sunday, 15 February 2015


Sometimes the art won't come and sometimes the words won't either. That's how it's been for these last couple of weeks. My neighbour and friend passed away on the 5th after a long and hard battle with cancer. Even though it was always expected you are never really prepared. A warm and generous lady we both shared a love of our gardens. As Spring is only around the corner I'm going to be a little sad she won't be around to see the bulbs she planted. But if there is such a place as heaven then you can bet Helen will have covered in flowers in no time.
Below are some photos I shared on Facebook on Friday as a memorial to Helen....

...Thus in each flower and simple bell,
That in our path untrodden lie,
Are sweet remembrancers who tell
How fast the winged moments fly.
Time will steal on with ceaseless pace,
Yet lose we not the fleeting hours,
Who still their fairy footsteps trace,
As light they dance among the flowers.
~Charlotte Turner Smith

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

"May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand." ~Irish Blessing

Monday, 2 February 2015

A redo of "Evening creeping in, Barassie" Acrylic 6" x 8"

"Evening creeping in, Barassie"
Acrylic 6" x 8"
 Redo of this one from the beginning of December, well just the foreground. Felt it needed to be darkened to enhance the light and push the fading Arran back. Was taking it and Last Silver Light to the Framework Gallery in Troon this afternoon. Only decided this morning to make the alterations, could have been a real disaster but turned out just as I wanted!
Very cold day at the beach but a lovely light, only had my wee Canon Powershot with me, but, got some nice shots for future paintings.
Stay warm and cosy where ever you may be...

Friday, 30 January 2015

"I talk to him when I'm lonesome like; and I'm sure he understands. When he looks at me so attentively, and gently licks my hands; then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, but I never say naught thereat. For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that." ~W. Dayton Wedgefarth

Thursday, 29 January 2015

"Last Silver Light" Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Last Silver Light"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

Was sifting through older discs of photos for some inspiration, when I came across photos I had taken  a few years back. We had been at Dowhill Farm (near the Maidens) hanging a group exhibition of paintings in the Farm's restaurant/tearoom. By the time we were finished the sun had started to go down and there was a beautiful light on the sea. This was literally the last sliver of light being cast on the sea, a silver slash that was so intense it made your eyes water. Was a lovely drive home alongside the coast that night.
Snow arrived back last night and there's still a fine covering this morning with more on the way, glad to be cosy in the studio.
Stay warm where ever you are and thanks for looking :)

Thursday, 22 January 2015

"Dappled Path" Acrylic 8" x 8"

"Dappled Path"
Acrylic 8" x 8"
Too be auctioned at the Little Paintings Make Hansel Grow Art Event in aid of Hansel Foundation
at Lochgreen House Hotel, Troon
9th - 11th March 2015

I'd like to say this wee eight by eight just flew of the easel, but this is actually my third attempt. The first two were actually seascapes, neither of which were worth a bar of soap. So, this morning I decided on a different tactic, change the subject matter. Normally when it goes this wrong I resort to a horse, but as this painting is for a charity auction I decided a rural scene was probably more neutral to an audience. Fortunately everything flowed and I have to say I'm quite pleased with the finished!
Thanks for looking in, I'll be back soon :)

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else." ~Judy Garland