Saturday, 19 April 2014

Happy Easter......from the scrapbook!

Sketch, Top of Warren Hill - Peter Curling
Having a peaceful Easter weekend with a mixture of work at the easel, some time in the garden and some time just pleasing myself. Some of that pleasing myself time consists of looking at other folks art (busman's holiday).......Peter Curling is one I never tire of looking at, love this wee sketch!
What ever your doing this holiday weekend make sure to leave time for!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Thank God for gardens.....

"How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence." ~Benjamin Disraeli

Thank goodness for gardens....after a rather stressful morning, shopping and doctors surgery. Well not really the shopping more so the doctors surgery.....let's just leave it at a wistful look back at doctors surgeries of old. I had fully intended to paint today but didn't want my agitated state to end up in my painting. Enter garden and a blink of spring like sunshine to ease away the stress and agitation. Your mind just drifts slowly from a muddled mush to that soft cottonwool existence where the sounds of the garden take over the chattering chaos in your head. Thank God for!

Top photo.... Tulips bought last year, they were supposed to be cream with a purple stripe but are more yellow than cream and no purple yet. But they are rather stunning and definately forgiven :)

Bottom photo.....cos I just like!

Monday, 7 April 2014

"Coming or Going" Acrylic 6"x6"

"Coming or Going"
Acrylic 6"x6"
This one is similar to "Outward Tide" (below) but I switched my blue from Ultramarine to Cobalt. Amazing how just one change can make such a difference, I had forgotten the intense skies you can create with Cobalt. I'll be including it more often on my palette espcially as we are coming into 'summer'. Painting is starting to be fun!

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

From the scrapbook......and taking a much needed break.....

"Becher's first time round" 
Peter Biegel
(1933 Grand National won by Kellsboro' Jack)
One from the scrapbook and a particular favourite of mine, seemed appropriate as the Aintree Festival kicks off tomorrow. A much more modified course than in 1933 but still a test of courage and stamina for both horse and jockey. And, as if you didn't know I'll be glued to all the action.
I've also decided to take a wee break I know I've often said I would only to get caught back up in the 'social networking' web, I think I must have an addictive! But, I have felt bogged down with it all this last wee while. I want to concentrate on my painting without getting sidetracked on Facebook, Twitter e.t.c. I will still blog not every day but maybe just a couple of times a week as I've always found my Blog a good help in monitoring my progress. Take care and thanks for looking in......

Sunday, 30 March 2014

"Heavyweight Sky" Acrylic 6" x 8"

"Heavyweight Sky"
Acrylic 6" x 8"

Well we sprung forward this morning as we entered British Summertime. Sun is shining but their will be nae casting of cloots for a wee while yet. In fact it was a bit balky this morning walking the dogs. I am though, much looking forward to the longer daylight! Today was spent labelling and wrapping the work that I'll be taking to Edinburgh tomorrow. It's the Spring Exhibition at the Torrance Gallery opening this Saturday 5th April and closing on the 11th May.
The wee landscape above is one of four that will be!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

"If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up. "~J.M. Power

Monday, 24 March 2014

Delivering to Aberfeldy....

Got a beautiful day to drive up with paintings to Aberfeldy. Scenery was stunning though I was quite surprised with how much snow there still was, made for nice photos. Popped into Dunkeld on the way home and took the furry ones for a wee walk and met some bambi's. Thought there might be hysterics from my pair but they never even gave them a second look......

"Outward Tide" Acrylic 6"x6"

"Outward Tide"

This little one is also taking part in the Aberfeldy Gallery's Spring show. In fact I had to rush it through yesterday. When I was wrapping I realised that one of the paintings I was taking had already been to the Gallery. Old age as they say doesn't come!
I sometimes look in amazement at these little seascapes I produce now. It wasn't long ago when I would never have considered them, thinking they were beyond me. Well maybe not beyond me but I never thought of myself as having an affinty with the sea. Just goes to prove if you don't try you don't succeed.
Thanks for looking.....

Sunday, 23 March 2014

"Spring Bouquet" Acrylic 6" x 8" on a rather cold morning.....

"Spring Bouquet"
Acrylic 6" x 8"
Spring bouquet seemed the perfect choice as a name for this wee gem. It will be heading of up North tomorrow with three others to take part in the Aberfeldy Gallery's Spring Exhibition. The preview is this coming Saturday 29th March. Come to think of it, it would also make a lovely Mother's Day gift for someone's Mum ( So, get yourself up there you can't give a more original gift than a painting.
Have to say the buds might be on the shrubs and trees but it was a tad chilly on this morning's walk. As you can see by the image below Arran is wearing a little dusting......thanks for looking in!

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Happy Spring Equinox

"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 its wintry rest."
~Percy Bysshe Shelley

Hasn't quite arrived yet high winds and heavy rain but it's around the corner....I know it!

Sunday, 16 March 2014

"There's a Squall Coming" Acrylic 6"x6"

"There's a Squall Coming"
Acrylic 6"x6"
It feels like an age since I've painted so it also feels good to have one off the easel. It's quite a wild and sqaully day out with heavy skies much like the painting, and, hence the title. Sometimes they come straight into my head right away other times I have to keep looking at the painting until a name comes!
Thanks as always for looking in I'm off now to enjoy what's left of the!

Thursday, 13 March 2014

My get up and go...

.....would appear to have got up and went. Only five paintings completed and we are almost half way through March. I need to take drastic measures to get my concentration focused on what's important...producing the goods. I know the biggest culprit is time wasting on social media, namely Facebook. On the one hand everywhere you read tells you, you need to have a presence in social networks. But it's so distracting to the point your spending more time there than at the easel. There is so much wonderful art out there to see it becomes an addiction. I'm not and never will be a prolific artist, so I have to get to a point where three quarters of my time is spent creating and the other quarter networking. It's not going to be easy but it has to be done. So if I'm not on Facebook as often as in the past you'll know why, I'm working on something new to share. Started this wee doodle on Tuesday in desperation to have something on paper. Worked some more this evening and I already feel much better in myself.
Thanks for looking in and listening to my moans and!

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Sunday Snaps....

Not much photographing has been taking place for a, well let's just say it wasn't pleasant. These were taken on the first blink of Spring sunshine....the only way is up :)

Friday, 7 March 2014

Normal service has resumed.....

Was absolutely delighted to discover today that I can now go back to using my Blog as I have always done. It really bugged me something rotten that I was being 'forced' into using Google Chrome. But, today when I tried I was able to get to my blog through my normal Internet Explorer browser.
I know progress can at times be a good thing but I really don't do well with change and like to plod along at my own!

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

"Spring's Here" Acrylic 8" x 10"

"Spring's Here"
8" x 10"

Spring might not be quite here yet in the flesh but I got fed up waiting and created a little spring fever all to myself....and off course all of you looking in.....

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Much needed clear out.....

Yesterday I made a small dent in a major clear out that is needed. Over the years stuff just seems to arrive in this house but nothing ever leaves. Add to that there comes a point when you don't no where to start the clearing. But something snapped and in my usual gung ho fashion I decided to move the bookcase from the room I call my studio. No easy and also the sudden realisation that perhaps the said bookcase would disintegrate leaving me with more rather than less mess. As it turned out armed with my new drill and some screws it survived it's move and now resides in my brother's room, home to his collection of DVD's which caused the! Some of my books are also back in their old home but decisions will have to be made as to where the others will go and what can be culled :(
During the move two things were discovered behind the bookcase. Well there was actually more than two but only two of interest. The first above is a nice wee portrait of a Setter done in Acrylics straight onto MDF it measures 5"x 4.5" and yesterday I offered it up as a freebie on Facebook. Same applies on here anyone who fancies the chance of winning an original McCrindle just send your name and email address to I'll be making the draw on Friday 28th February.

The other item is one of those things you treasure to remind you of a special day. It hung on the bookcase as a kind of talisman until one day a few years back I realised it had gone. Now it's hanging on my easel where I hope it will work it's magic on my brushes. 

Sunday, 23 February 2014

"Hazy Summer" Acrylic 8"x10"

"Hazy Summer"
Acrylic 8"x10"

So nice to see the days lengthening, don't know about all of you but it certainly makes me feel better. Just getting a little desperate to get into the garden and start preparing for the season. Hearing the birds starting to twitter at around 6 am yesterday made me think of long Summer days. So this was the result an old hawthorn tree wearing it's green canopy on a hazy summer morning.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

"Lost Horizon" Acrylic 6"x6" .....and an almost lost blog!

"Lost Horizon"
Acrylic 6"x6"

Well I have been having a bit of drama as far as blogging goes. Since Thursday past I haven't been able to post on my blog. Yesterday after much tearing of hair trying to make contact with anyone from Google I was advised that my browser Internet Explorer was at fault and I should use Google Chrome. Have to say Google Chrome does indeed work, hence you are all reading this post. But, for the life of me I can't understand why suddenly after using Internet Explorer since I started my blog in 2009 it should suddenly stop. For now I'm happy to have found a way to keep communicating but as for in the long run we shall see. I'm not overly fond of change and having to jump backwards and forwards through Google's hoops doesn't sit well with me.
Managed this wee seascape today though it hasn't photographed to well and looks much better in the flesh. I'll shall try to get a better image of it. Today we were blessed with what could only be described as a lovely Spring day. Not sure what tomorrow is bringing but I certainly grabbed today...with both hands.
Thanks for! 

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

It must be the weather.....

This has to be the longest run of no posts on my blog. Just can't seem to get myself motivated to find anything to write about. I think the constant pounding of rain and wind has seeped into my brain and turned it to mush. For once my wee part of the UK has missed the worse that nature can throw but, the sorrow I feel for those who are under water (some in Somerset for as long as the beginning of 2014) depresses me. I can't think how they are coping for watching it on TV moves me to tears.
But today I've given myself a wake up call to Spring Exhibitions that paintings need to be done for, so today I'll be cutting and gessoing boards so I can get started. But I'll also be sending postitive thoughts for an end to this disaster and some sunshine and hope to those who need it. Hoping your warm and dry as you read this.....


New garden ornament

Buddy hasn't quite fathomed windows

Lily loves the new sparred fencing......not sure my neighbours do lol


Bird feeders are always a treat....for me and the birds!

Buddy on guard...

......Lily thinks Sparrows are
There's still something to smile about!

Sunday, 2 February 2014

"Sparkle on the Sea, Barassie" Acrylic 8"x8"

"Sparkle on the Sea"
Acrylic 8"x8"
Played around a little with this one as it wasn't just right. Putting some stronger highlights on the buildings on the shoreline has helped. I also deepened the sand in the foreground.
Hope you have had a lovely weekend, hard to believe we're into February already. Thanks for taking the time to look in.......

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Sunday, 26 January 2014

MY ART......

"Maroon and White Diamonds"
Acrylic 8"x7.5"

Was a rather wet and windy day here today. Too cold and wet for a walk and a wee bit too early to start thinking about the garden. My mind wasn't in the right zone too paint. So, as I usually feel a twinge of guilt if I don't do something artistic I made some alterations to my website. People often ask me what I like painting best animals (which usually means horses) or landscapes. Perhaps a few years back down the road I wouldn't have hesitated, and the answer would have been horses. Now I feel at home painting a varied mix of subjects and I think my work has improved because of that. So today I altered my website from a few labelled boxes i.e. Equine, Landscapes e.t.c to just one My Art. I hope you'll enjoy looking through it....ideal browsing on wet and windy!

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

A thoughtful gesture...

Spike and Joshua...together again!

Yesterday I recieved a lovely card from my vet Craig Friels and the staff at the Station Vets. It was a very kind and thoughtful gesture and I have to admit the verse left me a little teary....

.....Grieve not,
nor speak of me with tears,
but laugh and talk of me
as if I were beside you
I loved you so -
'twas Heaven here with you.
Isla Paschal Richardson

Monday, 20 January 2014

"Rough Coast" Acrylic 8"x8"...,painting for "Little Paintings Make Hansel Grow" Exhibition

"Rough Coast"
Acrylic 8"x8"
"Little Paintings Make Hansel Grow"
At last I have my first finished painting of 2014 and it feels good. This one is destined for an exhibition in March called "Little Paintings Make Hansel Grow". As it takes quite a bit of organising the paintings have to be at Hansel Village in plenty of time. Keeping my fingers crossed it does well at the three day exhibition. All proceeds from the exhibition go to the Therapeutic Community Resource, Our Space at Hansel Village and is sponsered by Costley & Costley Hoteliers Limited.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

"Sleep gently wee Spike"
24th December 1997 - 16th January 2014

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Drawing 2

copyright elizabeth mccrindle

There is definately something therapeutic about drawing and therefore enjoyable. Or perhaps in my case it's the knowledge that these are just for me, not something special for someone else. It's safe to say that this year I shall attempt to do more and hopefully improve my painting skills (an old art teacher once said if you can draw you can paint) and stress levels in the!

Sunday, 12 January 2014

It isn't much but it's better than nothing.....

Sketch Buddy

The beginning's of a sketch of my own wee Buddy. I was feeling a little guilty about not posting haveing made such a fuss about how important my blog is to me. This isn't much but it's better than nothing. I don't know where the last few days have gone. But, I guess I'm no different from everyone else out there so will just have to try and spread myself better. I can already see a likeness to Buddy in just this little start. I know I've said it before but it's the eyes and like most Poms also the eyebrows lol.
Hope you've all had a good weekend and thanks for looking in......

Friday, 10 January 2014

Motivation....or lack off!

Well the beginning of 2014 hasn't quite started as I had hoped motivation being hard to come by from both the artist and the muses. I blame it on Christmas falling mid week, so confusing as every day feels like Friday. Off course that could just be an age thing with! Then Lily who should have had her wee operation has come into season....not an ideal situation believe me. Then there was the problem with my electricity meter it would appear it hasn't been working and no one i.e. me or Scottish Power knew until I recieved my yearly statement. Firstly, have you ever tried to get hold of an actual person these days when you phone your energy provider. I gave up after two days and just emailed the customer service. Since then what has followed is something akin to the joke about 'how many Irish men does it take to change a light bulb...three, one to put the bulb in and two to turn the chair around'. Customer services got back to me with an appointment for an engineer to come and check the meter. He arrived to check and confirm the meter wasn't working ( I mean I didn't already know that). Like me you probably thought well he'll fit a new! He had to put in a report that it wasn't working and an appointment would be made for another engineer to come and put in a new one. He came last Friday and discovered he couldn't budge the main fuse and had to put in another report to his boss for another team to come out to put in a new main fuse and he would then come back and put a new meter in. They were coming on Wednesday in the morning...yep you guessed the engineer came to check that there was a problem and phoned for another lot to come and repair it. The other team arrived yesterday came in put in a new main fuse and left. Wonder how long I'll have to wait for the meter guy......sigh! KEEP SMILING!!
Hopefully next time you look in here will be some art to feast your eyes on.