Sunday, 26 April 2015

"Windswept Grasses, Troon" Acrylic 12" x 12"

"Windswept Grasses, Troon"
Acrylic 12" x 12"

Rather a fresh day here in Scotland after all the lovely warm weather  we've been getting. Meant a nice day spent in the house finishing of the painting above.This one will be getting put aside to take part in an exhibition at the Framework Gallery in June, They are celebrating 25 years in the gallery a real milestone. Yours truly as one of the Gallery artists has beeninvited to submit work...I'll be there with bells on....

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Work in progress beach scene...

Work in progress beach scene
Acrylic 12" x 12"

Wow, leap back in amazement, at last it's a painting. Well it's actually a work in progress but it's a nearly painting. I'd like to say it's been great to be back at the easel but it hasn't. I've been tearing my hair out trying to get this right. All the old feelings flood back when things aren't going right. Mostly the wee devil in my head saying whatever talent I thought I had has gone. Well some of that might be true but I know in my heart of heart's the fear of failure hold's me back. And when stuff outside of my art isn't going well it all has a knock on effect. I also know there's no substitute for hard work, I'll just have to keep convincing my brain of!

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Beautiful Morning...

    Gorgeous walk this morning, everything around us is literally changing by the minute. Leaves are starting to unfurl, the birds are really finding their songs and after the first sharp rays, the temperature is starting to climb...

Tuesday, 14 April 2015


"I heard the sweet voice of a robin,
High up in the maple tree,
Joyously, singing his happy song
To his feathered mate, in glee!...
If we could be like this tiny bird,
Just living from day to day,
Holding no bitterness in our hearts
For those we meet on our way..."
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

This mornings travels...

Some photos from my travels this morning. A light frost that turned sunny just as I started out. Not much in the way of livestock at the moment, but if this weather keeps up farmers will be turning them out. Everything is starting to have that ghostly green covering from the lichen and buds getting brighter, in a couple of weeks the leaves will be unfurling.
Busy day ahead visiting with some work in the studio and a wee visit to see my Aunt and Uncle :D

Monday, 6 April 2015

Easter Monday

Turned out a lovely Easter Monday, eventually! Was almost noon before the mornings heavy fog started to disperse, leaving us basking in glorious sunshine. Time to start waking the garden for the coming season. Had a wee tidy cutting of the mops from last years hydrangea blooms. I like to leave them on through the winter months as they can look quite stunning when covered it frost. The buds of new leaves are fairly starting to open, so off they had to come. As you can see one of the faeries look a little worst for wear, think she's been at the elderberry wine again. Buddy was on post as he could here a rattle from ladders from one of the other gardens. He asscociates ladders with window cleaners...who he and Lilly aren't overly fond
For those who follow the blog and are on Facebook I've started a new page on facebook  called Need A Smile  It takes the form of a blog and like I've done on here I share my photos, some quotes and thoughts. Somewhere to find a cheery thought or photo to hopefully brighten your day...I'd be delighted if you joined!

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Happy Easter

Was a lovely day today cold but sunny. This Forsythia is called 'Golden Bell' and one of my friends gave it to my Mum and Dad as a gift on their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Of the trees and shrubs in the garden it's the first flash of colour.
Wishing you all a lovely Easter weekend...

Sunday, 29 March 2015

"Evening Sail Past Arran" Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Evening Sail Past Arran"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

Didn't have much joy trying to photograph this one, trust me it looks much better in the flesh. Today has been a typical start to British Summer Time. It rained with gusts of wind and a few blinks of sunshine, but thankfully lighter longer this evening so you can't have!

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!