Sunday, 24 May 2015

Going at my own speed.....

Been struggling a bit with my work so decided to step back and away from the easel and give myself some breathing space. Then this afternoon I had a wee hankering to throw some paint around. Not finished and not an ideal time of the evening to photograph it, but feeling a bit pleased with myself and how it's coming along, so thought I'd share.
I'll be taking it slowly over the next few weeks and months but hope that won't disrupt your viewing and you will continue to pop in from time to time to see what I've been doing. The title of this one is going to have moon in it somewhere. So you can guess what's still to come....
Have a super holiday weekend and thanks for!

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Thursday, 14 May 2015

In the garden...

Lovely day here, plenty of sunshine but have to say not very warm with a cold breeze. Some photos from the garden. The tulips are starting to drop their petals but still one or two standing straight, the pansies are throwing out flowers willy nilly. The gruesome twosome are also making the most of the daylight!

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Big Skies...

After grumbling about the stinky weather we have had over the last few days, we were rewarded today with some magnificent skies...still a wee bit fresh though...

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!