Didn't get much sleep last night as 'Henry' did his best to rattle every bit of the house. It always seems as if every tile is being ripped of the roof but, in the morning light everything seems ok. Apart from the side gate which had already lost one post and was waiting to be repaired. The post actually holding the gate up has split and it too will need repaired. Fingers crossed it will all hold together until my fence man can come.
This is one of the many studies I'm always planning to do but never seem to get around to but thought I would have a wee doodle. It's the gorgeous Gleneagles cooling down after his 2000 Guineas win. Such a lovely boy, I wish he had been able to take more chances to prove just how good he was. Many thanks to Michael R Smithson for allowing me to use his photo for reference. It's not a large study as I'm using my small sketch pad which is only about 8" x 6" so easy to manage.
Still windy today but not as bad as yesterday so here's hoping for a better sleep. Thanks for looking in...smile!
This pretty female blackbird is a regular visitor to the garden. This is her pose while I'm working at the kitchen sink. It's my cue to put some fat pellets out for her. Her favourites next to raisins, she then proceeds to have her morning dunk in the bird bath no matter how cold it is...smile!
Trying hard to concentrate at my sketchpad but the wind has got up and there have been some scary gusts. Hopefully I'll still here by the morning and more to the point so will the house!
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Donated to the " Little Paintings Make Hansel Grow" Exibition
Started this one yesterday but held off posting because of the working in progress curse. I know silly, but it honestly exists. I've lost count of the number of wip posts I've put on here that have gone belly up. Happy to say this one has past muster and will soon be heading off to the Little Painting's Make Hansel Grow Exhibition.
Meanwhile weather wise it's still raining and has been joined by it's good friend the wind. Not my best friend after many escapades with it at the top of Busbiehill, trying to keep the stable roofs from taking off. I thought I was past that kind off excitement, that is until this morning. I was putting mine and my neighbours bin's out to the front of the house for the garbage collector's to pick up. Took mine out without a hitch but as I got to the end of the house with my neighbour's a huge gust of wind caught us and the lid of the bin shot up and crack me on the head. Did I swear...off course not, I was too busy counting the bluebirds that were singing in my head. Still managed to finish the painting so must not have done too much damage, though I did notice some bruising starting to come out!
Hope you are rain and wind free where ever your reading this from and thanks for dropping in.
I did make a start to a new painting today. I was going to share it this evening on my Blog and then I remembered, the dreaded kiss of death that usually follows a work in progress. Instead I decided to treat you to a wonderful Munnings. I bet even the 'the great one' had a few works in progress he would have rather not started.
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Quietly pirouetting on silvery toed slippers of snow,
And we, we were children again.
~ Bill Morgan Jr
Some days the struggle with the paint is too much and you just know what your working on is a lost cause. This particular one has been a lost cause for a couple of weeks now if I'm honest. Sometimes as an artist I can be a wee bit stubborn. Five times is more than enough times to wipe something out. Time to try for a different angle.
In the meantime here's a photograph of a wee flurry of snow, that should make you glad your all snuggled up warm. Taken a few years back from the top of Busbiehill when I still had my precious girls to care for.
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Scooted down to the Framework Gallery yesterday with the above paintings. A couple of them were going to be framed and once framed they and the others will take they're place on the walls of the gallery. If your in the area please go in and say hello. It's a lovely bright and friendly gallery and they also do a great framing service if your on the lookout.
Weather wise it was extreme wet and windy. Those hardy guys that do wind surfing were out in force. Have to say I couldn't quite see the appeal in it, there wasn't even a view to look at. Each to their own as my Gran was fond of saying. Almost three o'clock so time for a coffee break and a biccy. Thanks for looking in...smile!
Yesterday afternoon and this morning when I should have been painting I got side tracked. Instead I found myself sifting through the memory stick that holds the much treasured images that were retrieved from my deceased and lamented Packard Bell laptop. I'm being a little unkind to my new laptop as we didn't hit it off very well at the beginning. I really don't do new, different or change very well, but over the last few weeks we have started to get to know each other a bit better. I still find the colour is not as sharp or fresh as the old one but it has improved since I bought it. Anyways, I feel at last that I'm making some headway getting my photos in order. Though still a long way to go I have at least managed to delete all the rubbish from the memory stick which came with the photos as they were downloaded. Me in my naivety assumed they would all arrive neatly in their folders, silly me. But, not only that but there was a lot of rubbish which gets attached when you surf the net. Anyway that is now all gone and it's the not so small matter of putting them into year, month and day order. Honest I am not OCD it just helps me recall the moment. It all takes time so I'm going to have to make sure that what time I have is not wasted, easier said than done. A good start will be to concentrate on putting all my updates on here and then share to my facebook page, google+ and twitter. Killing all the birds with one stone. I will pop in from time to time to say hello. Well weekend or not it's time for my head to hit the pillow, busy day ahead tomorrow.
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A most enjoyable morning spent at the easel capturing a great sky over a calm sea. Was having an awful time trying to think of a name for it, when I idea struck. It meant using a fine point and a wee bit artistic licence. Spot the wee dot on the right side horizon, it's a wee boat heading home for tea...smile!
Hope your all having a great day, not be long until it's the weekend.
Buddy and Lilly, my mostest favourite people in the whole world. As you can see one of them is a natural poser, while the other like her Mum would rather eat soap than have hers taken. She unlike her Mum still manages to look cute :0)
This is one of the paintings I'll be delivering on Monday to a new charity exhibition for me "Art With a Heart" is being held a Malcolm Sargent House in Prestwick. There's a Private view being held on the 20th January and then it's open to the public from the 21st - 24th. If you happen to be in Prestwick on any of those days pop in for a wee nosey.
Another fall of snow today which is freezing now as I type this post. Fingers crossed it's sunny tomorrow and I might get some photos taken, snow photos have been in short supply this winter.
"In every gardener there is a child who believes in the Seed Fairy" ~ Robert Brault
I seem to be very much out of shorts this weather and totally unable to concentrate on anything for any length of time. Not good news when there are deadlines to be made, perhaps it's the January Blues. Could be the strange weather or anything else I might dream up if I could be bothered to set my mind to it. The news today of the loss of that wonderful actor Alan Rickman, so quickly following the death of another great legend David Bowie has left me and I'm sure many others wondering about their own mortality. Neither of them were at 69 what you would call old. In the grand scheme of things their mark on the world will leave a larger ding than anything I will ever aspire too. But, it has made me think of what I could achieve. While remembering that every time I've tried to do anything on my blog that involved a daily feat has failed, usually miserably, I once again shall attempt to post daily. Most likely a photo such as the one above from the thousands I'm trying to reorganize from the images recovered from my hard drive when my old laptop died. When your really lucky I'll have a painting, sketch or drawing to show, but, I hope you'll enjoy the photos as well.
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The top two photos greeted me on Saturday morning when I opened the blinds. I had half thought the snow that had fallen on Friday would have disappeared. It hadn't, in fact temperatures had dropped below zero through the night and everything was set. My wee feathered friends were delighted to see me. Even though I had filled their nut holders they were looking for bread and more importantly needed the water in the bird baths de-frosted. Buddy as you can see was enjoying the winter wonderland but the novelty had already fallen from Lilly. A quick pee and she was back inside at the fire.
Today we were back to normal pouring rain but tomorrow is supposed to be a bit brighter. Here's hoping cos the Christmas show at the Torrance Gallery has finished and I'll be off to Edinburgh tomorrow first thing.
Doodled a bit on the drawing today but mostly just sat back and relaxed. A busy time ahead to organize. Have to decide on which paintings will be going to a new venue I've been asked to. It's a charity exhibition called "Art With A Heart" and will be held at the Malcolm Sargent House in Prestwick which organize's holidays for young people (and their families) with cancer. Then I need new work for the Aberfeldy Gallery and the Framework Gallery plus plan some commission work. It's all systems go, so keep popping in and stay abreast of what's happening. Thank's for looking...smile!
Friday is supermarket shopping day and today at the checkout the girl was making conversation about the weather. "It's very cold out today", she said, to which I replied "it is, cold enough to snow". We both agreed it would be a welcome change from rain, I packed up my purchases, paid and headed for the car. Got home unpacked my purchases and made lunch, by this time it had started to get really dull and I actually had to switch a couple of lamps on. Lunch was eaten and I stood up to clear the dishes when I glanced out the window. I couldn't believe it but finally we were blanketed with the white stuff. Not a lot, but big saucer flakes and it was lying on the grass and garden. So off course I had to take some photos, not brilliant as the light, well it wasn't very light but snow always manages to make a dull winter garden look pretty.
Spent sometime in the studio after I came back in, having another attempt at drawing. In celebration of the grey/white day I started a drawing of an old friend. Now sadly gone, but never forgotten, haven't made a very good job of his ear but that aside I'm pretty happy with how it's looking.
As I type this the snow is still here as the temperature has dropped to freezing. With any luck it might still be there tomorrow and the sun will have popped in for a glitter party.
Hot water bag is toasting my bed so I'll bid you all a goodnight...smile!
Bit of an epic (well maybe not epic) fail with the drawing. Proportions are all out but I'm over it, no punching the wall or pulling hair out. Just move on to the next. There are always going to be fails. they make the times it all comes right, all the sweeter....smile!
Have been in the painting doldrums for a wee while but now that we are into a brand new year I thought it was time to pick up a brush again. Or as in this case a pencil. You could say I'm going back to my roots because long before I was painting wee landscapes I was drawing and painting horse's, dog's and other animals. Takes a bit longer to do but it's every bit, in fact probably more rewarding. The hardest bit was actually starting. Now to keep up the momentum. I have Rosalyn Serex of Solaris Sport Horses to thank for allowing me to use her beautiful photos for inspiration.
Hard to believe that Christmas is almost upon as once again. The unusually mild weather doesn't help off course but I also think as you get older the days seem to come quicker. This year hasn't been an especially good one. First, I lost my lovely neighbour and friend Helen at the start of the year and then towards the end of the year my dear Aunt Jenny, both to cancer. Both beautiful people with so much love and giving in their hearts it seems such an injustice in such a ever growing hateful world. Brother Steven's health issues are also an ongoing concern but we shall just have to take each day as it comes. My art as always is a comforter, where I can thankfully disappear for a few hours, even if the piece I work on ends on the too throw out pile. I decided early on in the year to take a break over the Christmas period. To wind down, eat all the wrong things, partake of a few Bailey's and catch up on the pile of magazines and books I don't seem to find time to read. So, this will most likely be my last blog until 2016. I wish you all the love and joy that Christmas can bring and the hope that 2016 will be a more caring and prosperous one. Xxxx
Ok was so looking forward to today. I toddled off down to Prestwick with hope in my heart that my photos would be recovered. Unfortunately I'm no further forward as Joe who is taking to do with it was off. The girl that was there had a look at the memory stick and although there are quite a lot of photos, she says there are some that when you click on them won't open. She didn't want to give the stick to me until Joe had ok'd it. So rather deflated I made my way home. On the by-pass the low in fuel light came on. I normally get my petrol at Morrison's but pulled into Asda as it was closer. It's about here that everything really started to go pear shaped. I'm a creature of habit, I hate change, in Morrison's I put the fuel in the car and pay the girl behind the counter, easy peasy. Asda, went to put fuel in, I discovered too late I was in the pay by credit card lane. Never having used it before I glance over the facing of the pump and duly put my card in where it said pay by credit card. That's when everything got really complicated I lifted the nozzle and went to put in it the car but the stupid machine kept buzzing that I had to replace the nozzle. Off course says I to myself I'll have to put my pin number in first. Odd I thought theres no numbers. Thats when I noticed it also said pay here on the facing next to it and it had a keypad with numbers on it. I had pushed my card into the slot where the receipt for your fuel comes out. I made myself very popular when they had to dismantled the front of the pump to get my card back out and then when they put it back together it wouldn't load the paper for the receipts so they had to shut it down. I don't think I'm going to be welcome back at Asda anytime soon and some would say I shouldn't be let out alone :) Sorry not quite sure why it copied like this....lol what a day!
...mind you there's alway's someone having a worse day than you!
Woke this morning to the first heavy frost since way back in April. Although very cold it was a welcome change to all the rain we've been having. The birds were very happy to see me not just for the treats I put out for them but for pouring hot water into the bird bath and melting the ice. Sadly by late afternoon the rain was back, but it was a joy to take photos this morning.
"Let's not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it." ~ Vincent Van Gogh