Sunday, 24 July 2016

Sma' Rain

Lazy, rainy Sunday, a continuous drip of what we call in Scotland Sma' rain. You know the kind where your getting wet but it's so soft you don't know until your soaked. Good rain for the plants and garden but I'm not so sure the birds were enjoying it. There was a lot of puffing up and ruffling of feathers. Taking these photos was about the most strenuous I!

Friday, 22 July 2016

A visit...

A visit this morning from one of the blackbird babies that was born this year and spent such a long time in my garden :)

Thursday, 14 July 2016

A walk on the Beach

I had to visit my framer today at Framework Gallery in Troon, and as we were still being blessed with good weather, I put the camera in the car as well. A lovely walk along the shore at Barassie was a delight and really warm. Didn't even need a jacket. The dogs thoroughly enjoyed the scenery. It's a strange thing with dog's, just as they always seem to know when they are going to the vets, they also have a sixth sense when they are going to the beach lol. I thought it might have been busy with the Open being held at Royal Troon but apart from a big police presence it was just as normal.
Ready now for the pillow the sea air has that calming affect.
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

In the Garden

With it being such a lovely day, there was only ever going to be once place I would be in this afternoon, the garden. To be honest, apart from it being wet I could pretty much enjoy being in the garden at anytime. I have a little corner at the top of the garden that I just let go wild. Mostly because it's difficult to dig because of all the tree roots. But, it's really getting a bit too wild so I decided to make a start at opening some of it up. Bravely without any gloves I made a start to cut off the lower branches of the very pretty but evil Berberis. I'm not joking when I say she is evil some of her thorns are over an inch long, and I swear she makes a grab for you as you walk past. The good weather though had brought the goodness out in her and I never as much as got a scratch. Probably doesn't look as if I've taken much in the photo but I also removed some Aquilegia. Although it's really pretty it self seeds and takes over. The lovely yellow privet can now been seen in all it's glory.
Sitting on my new summer seat having a cup of tea and a some shortbread I couldn't resist taking a photo of the golden one's face, staring at me, willing me to drop the shortbread, honest I did give him a bit. The birds all started to come back out of their hidey holes and back to the bird station. Mostly sparrows and starlings, the jackdaws and rooks wait until I leave before they settle down. A pretty moon and a gorgeous sunset was a perfect end to a lovely day.
Hope your day was just as!

Monday, 11 July 2016

"Evening Glitter" Acrylic 6" x 8"

"Evening Glitter"
6" x 8"

Managed this wee seascape off the easel this afternoon and hopefully will get it down to Framework Gallery for framing along with a couple others. Enjoyed working on it but now I'm tired and slumber awaits.
Thanks for looking in.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Five years...

Went onto Facebook this morning and this beautiful girl was looking at me from the 'you have memories'. Was a different photo one when she was older, this was my Tara at just over two years old. Bought out of field in Perthshire, when she arrived my Dad asked if I had bought a Hereford calf instead of a foal. But boy did she make him eat his words for she blossomed and turned into something quite beautiful. Not only in looks but also in nature. Kind and gentle she just loved people and would follow you around the yard  as you did your chores. Five years ago on this day I lost my beautiful girl to an aneurysm. Barely a day passes that I'm not reminded of her or Rio or Dougal, over 27 years they were such a big part of my life. But Tara especially was my Rock. She and I comforted each other when Rio died and then shortly after that my Dad, 2002 was an awful year. She was my go to person when Mum's Alzheimer's started taking her further and further away, the place to escape too when I needed to scream. I'd be standing in yard in the dark looking down at the lights and she would come up behind and put her head over my shoulder doing what could only be her way of giving a cuddle. I took comfort that before she lay down for the last time, her head went up and she gazed down the field that way only horses do, when they see something that you can't. And then she neighed and I'm sure it was Rio and Dougal, there to take her on her journey. Oh yes I miss her :(

Sunday, 3 July 2016

"Round Bales on the Hill" Acrylic 8" x 8"

"Round Bales on the Hill"
Acrylic 8" x 8"

I really have been in the painting doldrums lately, so it's with some relief that I finally have a finished and signed painting off the easel. I won't bore you with details, those who follow my blog know that I'm a full time carer to my brother. Over the last few years it has got a bit more stressful and that in turn has had an effect on my art. At times I feel I'm taking five steps back with my painting to one step forward. And I've even in some dark moments contemplated giving it up all together. But, what else would or could I do. So time to straighten the slightly creaky back, paint on my best smilely face and devise a plan of action.
Thanks as always for looking in...

Thursday, 30 June 2016

"Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did."
~ Newt Gingrich

Monday, 27 June 2016

"Curiosity" Acrylic 6" x 6"

Acrylic 6" x 6"

Finished this sweet wee filly today ( ) and I did change the background to a darker tone. But, after I did I wasn't happy with it so went back lighter and I think this softer tone suits better. I've enjoyed working on this one and would like to do more but I have a hankering for a seascape next, so watch this space.
I'm now going to relax by having a look through the ever growing pile of magazines waiting to be read. Thanks for looking in.

Saturday, 25 June 2016

This morning...

Was one of those mornings that felt fresh and new and the turmoil in the country seemed an age away. There had been a shower of rain before I started my day and everything in the garden felt fresh and new. No doubt at some point reality will kick in but for now I just appreciated what was around me.
Also made some more headway into the the wee foal study and I'm finding it fun to do. Wondering now as I type this whether I might change the background colour. I quite like it but it was never really my intention to have it this colour and I thought to go much darker. No hurry, there's plenty of time to contemplate.

"Curiosity" - a work in progress - acrylic 6" x 6"

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Almost a drawing....

"Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to shame of art." ~ Izaak Walton

My intention was to stun you all with my amazing first pencil sketch of a sparrow, unfortunately my pencil and my hand weren't in tune this evening. Instead a photo of the very handsome daddy of the blackbird siblings frequenting my garden. He takes his daddy duties very seriously. You might notice his wing sits oddly. Has done so since the day the Sparrowhawk made a dive at one of the baby's. Daddy here slammed himself into the hawk. I really did think it would be curtains for him, but he's made of sterner stuff and the hawk backed off.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Summer Solstice

Been one of those days today when everything I planned scattered to the wind. So instead of a follow on of the wee foal here's a selection of photos. The garden has been blessed with a variety of birds and it's so lovely to follow the baby chick's progress.
Top is of course my wee golden boy Buddy, he and Lilly adore being out in the garden. Second is an adult sparrow having a wee drink and wondering if she should have a wee dook in the birdbath. Third is a baby starling wandering in the grass. Fourth is my darling BB one of three young blackbirds that found themselves prematurely out of their nest when a neighbours trees got raided, most likely by a cat. Fifth another young starling making an awful racket trying to convince it's Mum of how hungry it is. And last but not least the Strawberry Solstice Moon, looks more peachy than strawberry but that could be the cloud coverage. Hopefully it might be clearer tomorrow before dawn.
Well time to hit the sack wishing a blessed Summer Solstice x

Sunday, 19 June 2016

"Curiosity" Acrylics 6" x 6" - a work in progress.

Well it was a wee bit damp and dreicht out in the garden today so I carried on with the work in progress of the Solaris baby. Started to introduce some colour, this can be a slow process where horses or indeed any animal is involved. I think I spend more time thinking and standing back looking than actually painting. But, I have to say I'm enjoying myself probably for this first in a long time, long may it continue.
Thanks for looking in :)

Saturday, 18 June 2016

"Curiosity" Acrylic 6" x 6" - a work in progress

Well that's royal Ascot over for another year the last covered by Channel 4 sadly. Not sure what kind of coverage of racing we are going to get by ITV (or mostly ITV3). I know there were many who didn't like the presenters so perhaps I'm easy pleased because I always enjoyed the coverage. Anyways they continue bringing racing to the screen until the Qipco British Champions Day. We can only hope those that take over make a good go of it.
Back to work now and after watching all the lovely bloodstock over the last few days seems only natural to start with a wee horse. I'll be honest and come clean that I didn't actually mean to have this wee foals nose disappearing off the board but the more I looked at it the more I liked how curious it made her look.
The little lady in question is a wee beauty born last year at Rosalyn Serex's Solaris Sport Horses stud near Dunblane. You may remember the study below I did of her last year in oil's. She is by Rosalyn's gorgeous black dressage stallion Solaris Amourex.

Well now that the heat as calmed down I think I'll take myself outside to sit in the garden for wee while and listen to the birds as they ready themselves to roost.
Thanks as always for looking in.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

"Beach Blooms" Acrylic 8" x 8"

"Beach Blooms"
Acrylic 8" x 8" £250

I don't need to be told that to do something well you have to keep at it. Whether it's sport, writing or as in my case painting. When things aren't going well I find myself easily sidetracked. Indeed I've been known to do housework rather than start a painting. This past wee while I really have been busy with other things. But, today, after spending a lot of time taking photos, which granted some will come in useful as inspiration for art. I actually got myself sat down first thing at the easel. It got more difficult after that, painting, scraping it off, painting and scraping it off again. That lasted till lunch time when I returned. An hour later I finally decided it was done...I think!

Evening song...

Not been a particularly good day today. From the get go this morning I had one of those black moods that sweeps over you from nowhere. All the little things that have been niggling for a while all seem to gather momentum and like a rolling ball get's bigger. Basically I just got to feeling a little sorry for myself. But tonight just before I locked everything up and headed upstairs I went out with a cup of tea into the garden. I bought a new garden bench the other day and I sat on it with my cup of tea and a piece of bun. There in front of me almost sitting on my fence was the pale crescent of the Moon and then I became aware of the birds singing their evening songs before roosting. I can't say that all the niggling things have disappeared but the weight of the World doesn't sit quite so heavily on my shoulders as I type this now.
Thanks for dropping by...

Monday, 6 June 2016

Hospital Gowns

Remember to click on the image...

Ok this made me chuckle when I saw it. It's a baby Starling with it's back to me, with it's as yet not fully developed feathers. I immediately thought of those awful hospital gowns that are produced when you have go for an x-ray or an examination. They never quite meet and spare your modesty...LOL

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Still in the garden...

Punk Rocking Starling

Wee Lilly glowing in the Sun

Lavatera getting ready to blossom

This wee blackbird has caused quite a stir over the last few days. The only survivor of a nest of hatchlings in a neighbours garden it's parents have been hiding and feeding it amongst my shrubs and trees. Every morning when I come down stairs I watch eagerly from the window hoping it will still be there. The parents are doing an amazing job against all the odds in getting this fledgling to a point where it can look after itself. Got to keep our fingers crossed for a wee while!