Monday, 2 May 2016

Still trying...very trying!

Well I tried again this morning with this oil but didn't get far before I had to down tools once more. Tried wearing a mask and thought I had cracked it but although it wasn't as dramatic as yesterday when I started having pains in my neck, the tingling sensation started in my lips after about half an hour working. I'll put this one aside for a couple of days and have another try. Not actually sure that painting on Cad. Red Medium was a good choice either as it is very dominant. I was painting over the error of my ways with another painting I guess I should take note from the image below. I found it recently on Facebook and shall try to remember it every time something goes pear! 

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Made a start but...

Made a start to this one today in water based oils but not sure if I'm going to be able to keep going with it. I started using water based oils when I started having a reaction to painting with oils. Now it would seem the same problem is happening with them. Such a shame as I love the lush feel you get with using oils. But, health has to come first and there are worse things than having to paint with acrylics for the rest of your life...ho fecking hum!

Friday, 29 April 2016

"An eye can threaten like a loaded gun, or it can insult like hissing or kicking; or, in it's altered mood, by beams of kindness, it can make the heart dance for joy.....One of the most wonderful things in nature is a glance of the eye; it trancends speech; it is the bodily symbol of identity" ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Slowing down...

Been pretty strange weather wise, sunny between the hail, snow and rain. Definately not ideal weather for cutting the grass for the first time this year. Yesterday I wasn't even half way through when I got pelted and soaked with hail. Not to mention the fact the lawnmower and all the stuff I had out to assist me in my garden project. So it was with some trepidation that I stepped out once more to run the gauntlet between showers. Just managed finished before the showers started again. So that's the grass at the back had its first cut. Two new visitors to the garden today in the shape of the doves in the first two photos, aren't they pretty. And, I'm happy to report that the Rooks are making a habit of visiting. There are three of them and I think this one is the oldest of the three and very handsome. Buddy doesn't appreciate their visits as much as me and tends to hurtle himself at them at full pelt. I think they are starting to realise they have an advantage over!
Back to the peace and quiet of my Blog for the foreseeable future. A lot going on at home at the moment and  Facebook is a bridge too far when I'm feeling like this. I know it's not the same but sharing my Blog is as good as it's going to get.
Need to paint more and I'm thinking of doing 100 studies like the one below along similar lines to Karin Jurick's 100 Hundred convicts, only with horses...smiles. Won't be a daily thing just a go with the flow. Anyways my eyes are starting to knit together, I need my beauty sleep. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

"To be interested in the changing season's is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with Spring" ~ George Santayana

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Beautiful day...

Been a bit short on blog posts as everything is up in the air at the moment but this afternoon I escaped outside as it was just to nice to stay inside. Just couldn't pass up the oppertunity to photograph the new guy in the top photo. A couple of young Rooks have made some tentative visits to the garden but are nervous and shy, this is the first time I've managed to photograph them. Of course they can't replace Samson but I do hope they'll come to realise that they are welcome in my garden. Middle photo of some later flowering daffs which just glow in the sun and last but not least my wee Lilly.
Hope your enjoying the sun wherever you are...

Friday, 15 April 2016


Wee doodle I did yesterday, not a very good photo I'm afraid as I took it with my phone. Unfortunately disaster struck on Monday for not only did a reach the big 60, I managed to drop my camera. I'll let you all guess what upset me! Not that I don't have another there's an EOS 600D languishing safely in it's padded bag. But I absolutely adore my PowerShot SX50 HS I'm keeping everything crossed it can be repaired.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

"Flowers...are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world" ~ Ralph Waldo Emmerson

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Facelift - "Buttercups, Daisies and Moo" Acrylic 10" x 12"

"Buttercups, Daisies and Moo"
Acrylic 10" x 12"

At the beginning of March while having a tidy in the studio (moving one pile of treasure across to join another pile) I found this sleepy guy above. I really intended just to gesso over him and start something else but I started to footer about with the greens, liked what I saw and put it aside for a rainy day. Well as would have it this morning was that rainy day, for once I was glad of some rain. A  wee tweak here and there adding more blue and red to the green, Putting stronger shadows on the wee moo and a smattering of buttercups and daisies and voila a much better painting me thinks...

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Happy Birthday Vincent

"For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars make me dream. What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? I dream of painting and then I paint my dream." 
~ Vincent Van Gogh 30th March 1853 - 29th July 1890

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Spring Exhibition at the Torrance Gallery 2 April - 7 May

"Blue Moon Rising"
Acrylic 12" x 12"

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

"Retreating Tide"
Acrylic 12" x 12"

"Summer Fields"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

Spending Easter Sunday wrapping my paintings for the journey to Edinburgh tomorrow. They will be exhibiting in the Spring Exhibition at the Torrance Gallery, Dundas Street, Edinburgh. The clocks sprang forward this morning losing me an hour in bed. It all works out eventually, but, at the moment I'm feeling like a half shut knife. The rest of Easter Sunday spent relaxing and generally doing nothing sounds just about!

Thursday, 24 March 2016

"Retreating Tide" Acrylic 12" x 12"

"Retreating Tide"
Acrylic 12" x 12"

Managed to get this one finished this morning and I'm happy to say I'm pleased with the result. As always it never really reproduces on here as a true life image but it's as near as I can get it. This one will be heading to Edinburgh to the Torrance Gallery for their upcoming Spring Exhibition so If you find yourself in Edinburgh pop in for a nosey.
Off now to prime more boards, an artist's work in never!

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Work in progress Retreating Tide

This is a larger version of a wee 6 x 6 I did a while back. For many years now I've been concentrating on small works but feel now as my confidence is gaining some momentum, it's time to start working larger. Time will tell but in the past I've worked really big though they were mainly horses my landscapes have been mostly small. Had a lot of fun with this one this afternoon and hopefully that will carry on tomorrow. I want to keep it quite loose but if I'm going to continue getting bigger I'm going to have to treat myself to larger brushes. My teeny weeny ones are not ideal tools, smile!
Thanks for looking in...

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Happy First Day of Spring

"And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
rose from the dreams of a wintry rest."

~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Blast from the past...

Try as I could today everything I attempted was to say the least dire. That's what happens when television get's in the way of creating for a few days. Looking for something to put on the Blog I had a look through the memory stick that's still holding hundreds of my images, rescued from my old laptop. Imagine my surprise when this turned up, it's got to be at least eighteen years old maybe more. I must have scanned it from a photo at some point cos it was way before digital. Might just have over dramatised the sky but not too embarassing, smile!

Friday, 18 March 2016

Cheltenham over for another year...

Gordon Elliott trained Don Cossack, winner of this years Gold Cup showing off his sense of humour this morning. Having a quiet stroll and pick of grass before this afternoons victory (Photo copyright David Cormack).
Been an exciting four days but back to work tomorrow. Paintings at various stages and some to be wrapped for a trip up North.
Keep looking in...

Thursday, 17 March 2016

"Beach Daisies" Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Beach Daisies"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

Managed to get this wee beach scene done this morning and popped it and "Morning Light, Seamill" down to Peter at the Framework Gallery for framing first and then they'll be available from the gallery. "Beach Daisies" is from photos taken last summer when the ox eyed daisy's were blooming in the rough grass at Barassie Beach. Was one of too few sunny days so here's hoping this year the weather will be kinder.
Thanks for looking...

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

From the scrapbook

Portrait of Stephen Edward Vivian Smith ~ Sir Alfred Munnings

Not a scrap of work done today as Cheltenham has commenced and what a glorious day's racing it was. So thrilled for Annie Power winning her Champion Hurdle and in such style. So instead I must force you to look upon yet another Mummings. Glorious light in this one.
I've a feeling the scrapbook is going to be robbed  for the next few days, smile!

Monday, 14 March 2016

"Morning Light near Seamill" Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Morning Light near Seamill"
Acrylic 6" x6"

After leaving it for a wee while I decided to wash a little glow across the foreground. That done I'm now as pleased as I can be with this wee jewel. All that's needed now is someone to give a good home where it will be cherished, smile. It should be heading to the Framework Gallery in the next few days.
Thanks for looking in.

Sunday, 13 March 2016


"Let your tears come. Let them water your soul" ~ Eileen Mayhew

My heart and thoughts are with the folk of Dunblane today.

1996 - 2016

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Work in progress of a coastal scene...

Worked on this morning with the coastal painting I roughed in last night. This is the part where a work in progress can go horribly wrong and your left with egg on your face. Fortunately that didn't happen it. The morning's effort wasn't far off what I was looking for  so, rather than do my usual straight in with both feet and lose the plot I left it for a little while. Just in time to watch the afternoon racing (now there's a coincidence). I put a lighter wash over Arran to push it back a little and then started on the foreground. Really happy that I managed to retain that early morning light. Now going to leave it for a bit, might work a bit more on the foreground rocks. Was tempted to put in a couple of yachts but decided against it.
Hope you had a fun day whatever you were up to.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Work in progress, coastal painting

Been busy with the paperwork side of stuff, not my most favourite thing and I know I should keep on top of it and it won't be so bad. But, even though I know that doesn't mean I pay any heed. Anyways made a dent in it and also made a start to this wee coastal painting. Looking forward to getting some colour into it!

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Exhibiting at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre

"Fields of Summer"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Fields of Summer" above is one of ten paintings that headed up to Pitlochry with me yesterday to the Pitlochry Festival Theatre for a group exhibition in the foyer and restaurant of this beautiful theatre. Considering the dreadful weather that has been pretty constant this winter, it turned out quite glorious. Countryside was a bit sparse but there were subtle changes afoot if you took the time to look. After delivering my work and catching up with Margaret ( been seven years since I last was there, too long) who is in charge of all the art that's hung, Buddy, Lilly and I had a wee look around.

Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Road to the Scottish Power Hydro dam and fish ladders. Because the dam blocks the path of the salmon coming home to spawn, fish ladders were installed and they travel up them without any problems.

River Tummel

Pretty village cottages at Port na Craig

Friday, 4 March 2016

Thursday, 3 March 2016

First day back in the Garden...

Local council collect the first brown bin of the year tomorrow which gathers the garden waste for re-cycling. So, today as it was sunny but still a chill in the air I got started snipping and gathering up stuff for the bin. Lilly and Buddy were a great help, guarding the gate in case someone should come and attack me, any excuse to bark. The birds all headed for the trees and the big privet hedge. As the season goes on and they get used to me again they pay me no heed and continue feeding at the bird station. Mind you I did notice the Sparrowhawk just before I went out he/she was unlucky in their sweep. This could also have been the reason for the nervy wee birds. Feel quite relaxed now, garden does that to you.
Was well pleased with my photo of the teeny wee blue tit, normally  just a blurrrrr!

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

From the Scrapbook

"Sparkling Water, River Ayr" - Helen M Turner

Must have been too tired to post on my Blog last night or perhaps my memory isn't what it used to be, smile! This is one from the scrapbook of art that I've cut out from programmes, magazines e.t.c. over the years. Helen is also a dear friend and mentor who first made me believe that there might be an artist in me.

Monday, 29 February 2016

Pitlochry Festival Theatre exhibition

"Distant Blues" Acrylic 6" x 6"

A day spent in the studio organising work that will be heading to Pitlochry next week. "Distant Blues" above and nine of it's companions had to to be labelled, bubble wrapped and catalogued for they're journey up North. Depending on what time I have this is sometimes a relaxing change to the routine or a mad scrabble where chaos reigns. Today fortunately was time consuming but pleasant and being the 29th it was a bonus day, smile! Been a few years since I've exhibited at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre it will be nice to be back. Hopefully the sun will show it's face and I'll get to see the wonderful Perthshire countryside in all it's glory. The exhibition starts on the 11th March...

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Happy Birthday Dad

Another glorious morning, sadly I was a little later getting out this morning and missed most of the frost, maybe tomorrow. Today would have been my Dad's 91 st birthday so these photos are for him. He loved early morning walks, he loved the countryside, he loved his dogs and he loved us his family to the moon and back.
Miss you to the Moon and back Dad xxxx