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

Monday, 19 January 2015

More Snow Babies...

Two wee snow babies out in the snow having fun, well Buddy loves it but Lilly isn't so sure. I literally have to drag Buddy in but Lilly is in first call....Princess!

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Finally....the snow arrived!

After everyone else seemed to have it, we finally got! Now I know that for people who need to get to and from work e.t.c. it can be a bind. But, for someone who is one, still a kid at heart and two, works from home, I was feeling a wee bit left out. Took these photos this morning, first four in the garden and the bottom one out the studio/bedroom window. I had hoped to go a bit further afield but the gritters haven't been out and it's a wee bit slippy underfoot. Falling on my backside wouldn't cause much grief with all the extra padding but, knowing my luck I'd break an arm or wrist.

Friday, 9 January 2015

"Welcome, winter. Your late dawns and chilled breath make me lazy, but I love you nonetheless." ~Terri Guillemets

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Just a wee bit progress on the moo.......

A few too many distractions has held up progress on the moo, I really need to organise myself better. But I managed a wee bit on it today and I'm pleased with how it's coming!

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

"There are so many things that we wish we had done yesterday, so few that we feel like doing today." ~Mignon McLaughlin

Monday, 5 January 2015

A Moo in progress....

Back to work today all bright eyed and bushy tailed. Mind you I haven't really accomplished very much and felt a wee bit rusty. That said what I did get done I enjoyed immensely been quite  a while since I've attempted a moo. Started off by just sketching it straight onto a piece of 6" x 6" mdf. Then I washed over the whole drawing with acrylic cadmium red to give a base that will show through. Once dry I started in oils, palette contains Titanium White, Ultra Blue, Paynes Grey, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Red Cadmium, Naples Yellow....
Thanks for!

Saturday, 3 January 2015

"It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it." ~John Burroughs

Thursday, 1 January 2015

"Smell the Salt Air" Acrylic 6" x 6"......first painting of the year!

"Smell the Salt Air"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

Wishing you all a Happy New Year, here's hoping it's going to be a good one where the inspiration flows and the easel get's plenty of Made a good start with this first painting of the year. There has been a few rough seas lately and with rough seas you get debris on the beach. I kinda liked the zig zagging it created. I was stuck for a wee bit trying to think of a title when it struck me, sitting looking at the painting I could imagine the smell as well as the sight. The same smell that sets the dogs of in the car when they realise they are going to the beach....seaweed and!
Have a great first day of the year whatever your, I'll be watching the racing from Cheltenham and Musselburgh, of course!

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year

"Whether we want them or not, the New Year will bring new challenges; whether we seize them or not, the New Year will bring new opportunities." ~Michael Josephson

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Wishing You All A Very Merry Christmas

"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!" ~Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers

Monday, 22 December 2014

From the Scrapbook

 "Snow at Seven Barrows" - Peter Curling
Bit of a Christmas wind down going on at Castle McCrindle at the moment, I wouldn't argue if you thought that there has been a bit of a wind down all year long. Next year will be different (I live in hope) and more time will be spent at the easel. In the meantime here's one from the scrapbook. A festive scene from the easel of the Irish Maestro Peter Curling.......
Thanks for!

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Winter Solstice

"Brew me a cup for a winter's night.
For the wind howls loud and the furies fight;
Spice it with love and stir it with care,
And I'll toast our bright eyes,
my sweetheart fair."
~Minna Thomas Antrim

Saturday, 20 December 2014

"And grassy blade, spreading the hoar frost bright,
That crackles crisp when marked by early foot."
~ James Grahame

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Framework Gallery, Troon...framing and exhibiting!

"Last Sail of the Day"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Early Dark"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Outward Tide"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Cold Tracks"
Acrylic 8" x 8"
Scooted down to Troon this afternoon to the Framework Gallery and dropped of the top four paintings to be framed. The Framework Gallery is a family owned gallery run by husband and wife team Peter and Fiona Foyle. Not only a great framer but Peter is fast making a name for himself as a talented artist. A good sized gallery but with a intimate feel it's beautifully lit, so much so I hardly know my own work when I see it on the walls. As well as originals they also sell prints and have a lovely selection of beautiful gifts and craftwork on show.
If your stuck for a gift for someone special this year pop in for a look, nothing more special ( I know I might be a tad biased) than a piece of original art.
I had also hoped to get some photos taken but sadly the weather was playing nice....a bleugh day!
Oh and you'll also find the five below hanging in the gallery......thanks for looking!

"Let's Go There"
Oils 6" x 6"

"Five Yachts Counted"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Fields of Summer"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Fading Arran"
Acrylic 8" x 8"

"Lost Horizon"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

Tuesday, 16 December 2014


Sifting through a small mountain of photos at the moment, great for inspiration and to bring back the feeling of a moment in time. Been a wee while since the camera got some exercise, we need some sharp frosty mornings.......

Monday, 15 December 2014

I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December,
A magical thing,
And sweet to remember:
"We are nearer to spring
Than we were in September."
~Oliver Herford

Saturday, 13 December 2014

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." ~Norman Vincent Peale

Monday, 8 December 2014

"Evening creeps in, Barassie" Acrylic 6" x 8"

"Evening creeps in, Barassie"
Acrylic 6" x 8"

Arran never fails to amaze me with it's moods. There are days when it appears so big you feel you could reach out and touch it. Times when you can pick out buildings on the shores, and other days it's gone, absolutely and completely, as if it had been a figment of your imagination. As the title suggests in this painting evening is creeping in and the sky is fading, Arran is a soft lilac and everything in front of it is stealing the show.......

Saturday, 6 December 2014

"Cold Tracks" Acrylic 8" x 8"

"Cold Tracks"
Acrylic 8" x 8"
A cold wet day outside but it makes for a cosy day inside at the easel. Think I must be getting into the spirit of Christmas as I've had a hankering to do some winter scenes i.e. frost or snow landscapes. Just warning you all, it might get to the point where warmer clothes might be needed with the chill from the screen. This is from photos I took just before the bridge on Southook Road couple of years back. It's a barley field, empty off course but the flurry of snow is lying in the ruts made by the tractors. The line of trees is the country path I walk with my dogs and leads to Springside. Just looking at it reminds me of how cold it was that day, there was  a sharp breeze coming across that open space BRRrrrr.
Thanks as always for looking in....wrap up warm where ever you!

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

There's a chill in the air....

The last couple of days have brought a nippy chill in the air. Not that I'm complaining, from an artists point of view I love the light on a crisp frosty morning. We really have had it good through November and I can't help but feel we'll pay for it at some point. I'm hoping it won't be strong winds, they can be so distructive, a dumping of snow is more!

"Heap on the wood! the wind is chill;
But let it whistle as it will,
We'll keep our Christmas merry still."
~ Sir Walter Scott

Monday, 1 December 2014

Ist December

First of December the beginning of the last chapter of 2014 and the eager anticipation of the first chapter of 2015. It has been a strange old year for me and something of a disappointing one, I feel I haven't accomplished as much as a could/should have . Certainly not much on the painting front with fewer paintings done this year, a lack of focus on my part I think. Next year will be with us soon enough with new dreams and aspirations. But, before that, time to enjoy this festive month, relax a little, decorate the house, write Christmas cards, eat all the wrong things and think of loved one's past and present.
"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk bedside the fire" - Edith Sitwell

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Torrance Gallery Christmas Exhibition

"Rain Coming"
Acrylic 12" x 12"

"Peter II"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Trickling Through"
Acrylic 8" x 8"

"Quiet Space"
Acrylic 16" x 16"

You haven't heard from me in weeks and now you get two posts on the one day....bit like buses, you stand for ages waiting on one and two come along at!
Just thought I better let you know that the Christmas Exhibition at the Torrance Gallery opened today and runs through till 10th January 2015. Sixty seven exhibitors (Moi included), mostly artists but also some doing ceramics and jewellry. Well worth a look if your in Edinburgh over the festive period.

"A Kind Face" Oil 6" x 6"

"A Kind Face"
Oil 6" x 6"

Well that was a long break, did anyone miss me? Well I know Janice a lovely lady from Canada who follows my blog did. She sent me a very nice email concerned that everything was ok with me and it was much appreciated (just got it Janice and will reply asap). Always heart warming to know your missed. Nothing too dramatic just an internet connection that got steadily worse until I had none at all. After getting next to no help from my internet provider I decided to kick them into touch and move to another. It was such a relief to set up the kit yesterday a see a steady light meaning all was OK!
But in a sense it wasn't ok, over the last few weeks it has started to sink in just how much faith we have come to put in computers. We have reached a stage where it seems to me we can't do a whole lot without them. In fact as a recall during the summer when my car went for it's service. I sat in the customer area watching as it was plugged into a computer and the mechanic sifted through the diagnostics. I can't help but think of my Dad who had been a skilled mechanic and could literally tell you what was wrong just by listening! I'm also aware that I wouldn't be able to sit here typing out my blog post and sending it out into the world if it weren't for the power of the internet. I just worry that we have progressed to soon and one of these days we are going to regret that big time.
Enough of my soap box rants and back to my art. Was really pleased with how this wee painting "A Kind Face" turned out. Had been struggling with a few landscapes I was working on which always get's me down. That feeling of, I've lost it, I'm never going to be able to paint again starts to creep in. Horses are usually my rescue...not always mind you, some of them have been dire. But, right from the quick pencil sketch, I had that feeling all would be well, and it was....hope you like it :)
From a glad to be back blogging scottish!

Friday, 24 October 2014

"Trickling Through" Acrylic 8" x 8"

"Trickling Through"
Acrylic 8" x 8"
I guess I'm as happy as I'm going to get with this one, so I'm calling it finished. Like with any painting a few day's or weeks down the road I'll see something that niggles me. But, I'm leaving it as one and!
Now I can count the weekend started, hope you have a great one where ever you are and thanks for looking in......

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Challenging work in progress....

A little work in progress I'm attempting, not quite sure how it's going at the moment. Sometimes I feel I'm on track and then other times the urge to wipe it is strong. Greens and water....there can't be two more difficult challenges.
Also, I'm still being challenged by my internet connection. I'll be back sooner or later depending on how it!