Thursday, 24 July 2014

Too much heat....

It's way too warm today again. Finding it very difficult to paint because of the heat, so tomorrow I'll have to have a look for a fan. Meanwhile a nice summery meadow for you to look at, without the risk of!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

"Let's go there" Oils 6" x 6"

"Let's go there"
Oils 6" x 6"

Finished off the wee oil by making that spot on the horizon a bit brighter.....added Cadmium Yellow Mid. Also added it to some of the clouds to give it a wee bit ooomph.
Commonwealth Games start this evening at Parkhead, Glasgow. Looking forward to it apart from the ridiculous team outfits our team are being forced to wear. Imagine training to get a spot on the team and having to wear this.....

Thanks for looking in have a great!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014


Peekaboo.......I'm back after having had a few computer glitches. Won't bore you all with the details but it's safe to say that there was much angst at the thought of losing precious images from my computer. Fortunately the problem lay not with my computer but my internet provider. Not that they notified me in anyway about it, I found out because my friend has the same provider and she also has her phoneline with them. It did frighten me enough to make me more careful about having everything backed up on discs and looking into buying an external drive to store  my photos in....I know I can hear you all saying you should already be doing that.
In the past being unable to get online would have had me doing handstands, but it was only the fear off losing my photos that had me in a tizzy. It almost felt like, and your going to laugh at this, having an excuse not to go online, forget all about Facebook, Twitter blah de dah de dah and do OTHER things. Maybe just maybe after sixteen plus years I've finally become! Early days off course, we are still in summer, where the outdoor beckons and I could still be tantalised back when the days shorten. But for now I shall try and keep it to a daily blog post......SMILE!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Let's go there.....

My first attempt at a landscape in oils in what must be twenty years. In fact it probably is my first proper attempt at a landscape in oils ever. Twenty or so years ago my landscapes would be horses in a suggested background....with emphasis on suggested. I have much to learn but a basis on which to work on. And, let's face it with painting everyday is a learning curve.
The title as usual came for this one as I was painting it, though there have been times when the title has preceded the painting. This one when and if it get's finished will be called "Let's Go There". When my brother and I were young and Dad was on his two weeks holiday from work, the four of us used to get bundled into the car for day trips. Scotland being Scotland the weather wasn't always on or side. Like the painting it could be a little overcast and Dad would point to the bright spot on the horizon and say "Let's Go There!" and we would all!
Thanks as always for popping in and hope that some point there will have been a bright spot in your!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Bit stressed but a new blog I think.....

Well after much tearing out of hair, not too mention all the newly acquired grey ones I think I have a new blog. Just a wee extra one for just the paintings. I know they can get swallowed up on here with all the other photos and quotes e.t.c I like to share. So if you ever just want to look at the art you will find it at Elizabeth McCrindle From The Easel
I've already added a few oldies to get it started. Hope you'll follow along with it and don't be scared to say hello....time now I think for bed :)

Monday, 14 July 2014

"Yesterday brought the beginning, tomorrow brings the end, and somewhere in the middle we became the best of friends." ~ Anon

Sunday, 13 July 2014

"What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade." ~Gertrude Jekyll

Saturday, 12 July 2014

"Golden Boy" Oils 8"x 8"

"Golden Boy"
Oils 8" x 8"

Signed this wee one this morning so that's it officially done and dusted. Buddy is now on the payroll as my studio model, no doubt there will be more paintings of him to share. Lilly will be wanting in on the fun to so you can look out for her in future!

Friday, 11 July 2014

Almost there.....

Nearly done with this one, sometimes knowing when to stop is the hardest part. I'd really like to leave some of the raw linen showing so, just a few more details and flicks and I think I'll be done. Have to say I've enjoyed this one immensely. I think there really is a lot to be said for knowing your subject!
Weather is unbeliveably warm here (too warm for me) so I might just have the weekend off. Hope you have a lovely weekend where ever you be and whatever the weather...thanks for looking :)

Thursday, 10 July 2014


"My little dog(s) — a heartbeat at my feet." ~Edith Wharton

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Pom study work in progress...

Not as much done as I had hoped but some is better than none. His cheeky personality is shining!

Buddy and Lily this evening in the garden....please excuse the faeries to the left of them, they've been at the Elderberry wine


New purchase, Blue Star Lavendar...

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite....

The morning spent food shopping, the afternoon in the garden. Digging up more of the lawn to make way for more plants that I can't seem to resist. I did think about doing a bit more of one of the paintings waiting in line. But, I only got as far as thinking, I'm now sitting back in the chair in the studio. The desk and chair now sit next to the window, so I'm leaning back getting a slight breeze from the window and watching the sky get darker, so soothing. I'll read for a little before bed then dream of creating a masterpiece tomorrow. Sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs!

Sunday, 6 July 2014 in progress

Busy day today working in the garden and catching up with some housework....I know I was amazed too. Was just about ready for bed when I made the fatal mistake of popping into the studio. Before I knew it I was putting paint on the palette and having a go at the wee pom study I started a couple of days ago. Sorry for the grainy photo not sure I'm all that happy with these primed linen panels but I'll carry on now I've started with this one. It could off course look much better in the morning will just have to wait and see. That said I'm happy to be!
Hope y'all have had a great weekend and are ready for a brand new week.

Friday, 4 July 2014


"Ah, the things we would do if we could — especially in the secure knowledge that we can't." ~Robert Brault

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Happy 4th July.....

Wishing all my friends across the pond a Happy 4th of July from here in Bonnie Scotland :)
"Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die." ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Three's Company" Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Three's Company"
6" x 6"
Felt a little rusty doing this wee seascape this morning but pleased enough with the end really does look much better in the! Once again I'm reminded that the only way to improve or at least keep a high standard is to create daily. In fact one of my FB friends put something on her profile the other day that caught my eye. Can't remember the whole list  but it ended with.....Create Every Day. Even If It's All Garbage, You Can't Improve On A Blank Canvas!
Well before the afternoon completely disappears I'll get back the one I started yesterday starring!
Thanks for popping in ......

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Messing around....

Just a wee doodle today. Making use of my very own free to use (well he expects the odd treat thrown in now and again) model Buddy. Starting with an acrylic wash using just french ultramarine and burnt sienna, on a clear gessoed linen panel. Really just messing around doing something....anything other than nothing. We will just have to wait and see how it pans out......
Thanks for popping!

Monday, 30 June 2014

Sunny days....

"The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time" ~ Abraham Lincoln
Having some lovely weather here in Bonnie Scotland. Off course now that I've said it, it will be all! In fact as I type this some cloud has come over and blocked the setting sun. The room I call my studio get's the sun in the evening and the last few evenings have been stifling. Cooler tonight so I shall paint till my eyes tire.
Enjoy the rest of your evening where ever you are and thanks for looking in.....

Thursday, 26 June 2014

From the scrapbook.....

Been a little while since we had one from the scrapbook. Love this one from Sir Alfred Munnings "The Clark Sisters"........

Monday, 23 June 2014

"The Path" Acrylic 6" x 6"

"The Path"
Acrylic 6" x 6"
A wee cheer you up painting I did today for a friend who isn't too well at the moment. We both enjoy walking this path in the morning. She hasn't managed along it for a wee while so hopefully this will remind her of how it looks. Made a few wee changes in the studio  by just getting rid of junk and it's freed up a bit more space. Definately doesn't feel so cramped so I'm a happy!

Saturday, 21 June 2014

"Gypsy Foal" Oil 8" x 8"....revamped!

"Gypsy Foal"
Acrylic 8"x 8"
Those who follow the blog will remember me painting the wee sketch below back around the beginning of May. Well all that time it sat in the studio staring at me. Someday's it got ignored with the thought it was just a wee sketch going nowhere. But, nothing is ever just a wee sketch. So. today I finally decided to make some changes. Firstly he was a chunky wee foal and I had left his neck too skinny and secondly he needed more texture in his fluffy baby coat.
Now it is much better and definately!

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Guess Who?

Was in the cupboards at the top of the wardrobe in my brother's room this evening getting a duvet cover and pillowcases. That in turn reminded me that the cupboard on the otherside was filled with net curtains that needed to go. Lifting them down I found a box, I knew immediately what it was but was surprised to find it there. I thought it had gone to auction with a lot of other 'treasure's' after Mum went into a nursing home. I'm guessing that's a sign it was meant to stay, it might even get hung if I can find the right spot.
So, all my horsey, arty followers whose going to be the first to tell me who it is???? Sorry no prizes up for grabs.

POST NOTE....It is off course the hugely talented racemare Ruffian beautifully captured by the gifted artist Fred Stone...

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Too Warm.....

Way to warm here in Scotland, well too warm for this artist. Thankfully and I am sorry for those who enjoy being a greasy spot on the rarely lasts. I really should get a fan for the studio, because if I don't paint in the morning, the sun has moved round to the back of the house by the afternoon and I get cooked. I then have to wait until 8 oclock before it's bearable to sit. Now it's at it's most pleasant the window is open, the sun has dropped behind the distant hawtorn and the blackbird is singing it's evening song. Bliss!
Decided to leave Tonto's sketch at this point, it's only a sketch and if I carry on I would overdo it and defeat it's purpose......
I shall return, that is if I haven't melted, thanks for looking in :)

Friday, 13 June 2014


"The earth had donned her mantle of brightest green; and shed her richest perfumes abroad. It was the prime and vigor of the year; all things were glad and flourishing" ~ Charles Dicken

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Monday, 9 June 2014

Work in progress Tonto sketch.....

Wee bit further forward with the Tonto sketch. Worked on into the night till my eye's finally fused together. Finding it difficult to keep things loose. Palette consists of Tit. White, Payne's Grey, French Ultra, Burnt Sienna and Naple's Yellow.......having fun :))

Sunday, 8 June 2014

"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means waste of time." ~John Lubbock

Friday, 6 June 2014

Now is the hour....

Oil study of Tonto approx 10" x 12"

You may recognize this study of Tonto (Silver By Nature) from one I did earlier, it was in acrylic while this one is in oils. I'm getting my eye in for a much larger than the norm piece (for me) of Tont and some of the other's in the Dalkey Sound clan. I've planned and re-planned this painting over the last couple of years. It's been started, stopped and scrapped more times than I care to say, but now is the hour. I hope you'll come along for the ride.........