Monday, 2 March 2015

Wee Nosey...

Busy day today cutting and priming boards of various sizes not my most favourite job...bleugh! Time consuming and sometimes messy. Pomeranians seem particularly adept at getting gesso on their coats, thankfully it brushes out without much trouble.
No painting, so instead a couple of shots of wee nosey aka Buddy sitting on the stairs. From there he can view the world go past, and invariably let's everyone know when someone something that small can cause so much noise astounds

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Colin - Oil 6" x 6"

Oils 6" x 6"
Finally Colin has a face, I don't normally post on a Sunday, but I was keen to follow on from yesterday's post. I've also added the other progress photos below, just in case you had forgotten who Colin! Pretty happy with how he's turned out and feeling much inspired to get back to work. I'm going to share a link from my blog to my art page on Facebook, that way those who have been kind to take an interest in my work won't feel left out!
Well that is us now into March and today was the first day of Spring. I have to say it was not much spring like with rain, sleet and hail, all hitting us for good measure, but as my Gran used to say " if March comes in like a Lion, it will leave as a Lamb"'s hoping!
Be back soon and thanks for!

Saturday, 28 February 2015 artist

Thursday evening (26th) I was scrolling aimlessly through Facebook and I suddenly thought, enough, what am I doing here?  I had a 6" x 6" painting sitting on my easel that I started back in January and here I was looking through images of other artist's work. But, I can't just blame Facebook, my art and myself has gradually over the last few years lost direction. I'm not making excuses, I don't really know why, what I do know is that something has to stop or as in this case start. So right there and then I let everyone know who follows me on FB that I would be taking time out from it. I was actually quite surprised when lot's of my artist friends replied to my post that they were feeling the same way. Could it be that social media is taking it's toll and stripping us of our creative juices? Probably not, but I do know I need to retreat to my cave for the time being and find me and my art again. I've always found comfort in writing my blog and will be continuing to do so. There's time to gather your thoughts in a blog. Other avenues of social media are akin to being in a busy rail station or airport with all the rush and noise they create.
Spring is just around the corner, even if the wind is biting cold there are subtle signs that it's coming. The daylight for a start is getting longer, that in itself raises the spirits. Bulbs are tentatively pushing through the surface and my snowdrops, crocuses and dwarf daffodils are already in bloom. The bird station has been moved to the top of the garden and the robin is tolerating another robin in his territory.
I will be back soon, hopefully with a signed painting of poor Colin the moo who looks at me from the easel willing me to finish him. In the meantime thanks for!

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Blink of Sunshine.....

Was sitting working away on the computer this afternoon when I was aware of a shaft of light coming thorough the stair window. I glanced to my right and there was Buddy lying on the stair landing with the sunlight shafting through the venetian blinds. As chance would have it the power shot was sitting on the computer table....a gorgeous wee golden powder!

Sunday, 15 February 2015


Sometimes the art won't come and sometimes the words won't either. That's how it's been for these last couple of weeks. My neighbour and friend passed away on the 5th after a long and hard battle with cancer. Even though it was always expected you are never really prepared. A warm and generous lady we both shared a love of our gardens. As Spring is only around the corner I'm going to be a little sad she won't be around to see the bulbs she planted. But if there is such a place as heaven then you can bet Helen will have covered in flowers in no time.
Below are some photos I shared on Facebook on Friday as a memorial to Helen....

...Thus in each flower and simple bell,
That in our path untrodden lie,
Are sweet remembrancers who tell
How fast the winged moments fly.
Time will steal on with ceaseless pace,
Yet lose we not the fleeting hours,
Who still their fairy footsteps trace,
As light they dance among the flowers.
~Charlotte Turner Smith

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

"May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand." ~Irish Blessing

Monday, 2 February 2015

A redo of "Evening creeping in, Barassie" Acrylic 6" x 8"

"Evening creeping in, Barassie"
Acrylic 6" x 8"
 Redo of this one from the beginning of December, well just the foreground. Felt it needed to be darkened to enhance the light and push the fading Arran back. Was taking it and Last Silver Light to the Framework Gallery in Troon this afternoon. Only decided this morning to make the alterations, could have been a real disaster but turned out just as I wanted!
Very cold day at the beach but a lovely light, only had my wee Canon Powershot with me, but, got some nice shots for future paintings.
Stay warm and cosy where ever you may be...

Friday, 30 January 2015

"I talk to him when I'm lonesome like; and I'm sure he understands. When he looks at me so attentively, and gently licks my hands; then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, but I never say naught thereat. For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that." ~W. Dayton Wedgefarth

Thursday, 29 January 2015

"Last Silver Light" Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Last Silver Light"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

Was sifting through older discs of photos for some inspiration, when I came across photos I had taken  a few years back. We had been at Dowhill Farm (near the Maidens) hanging a group exhibition of paintings in the Farm's restaurant/tearoom. By the time we were finished the sun had started to go down and there was a beautiful light on the sea. This was literally the last sliver of light being cast on the sea, a silver slash that was so intense it made your eyes water. Was a lovely drive home alongside the coast that night.
Snow arrived back last night and there's still a fine covering this morning with more on the way, glad to be cosy in the studio.
Stay warm where ever you are and thanks for looking :)

Thursday, 22 January 2015

"Dappled Path" Acrylic 8" x 8"

"Dappled Path"
Acrylic 8" x 8"
Too be auctioned at the Little Paintings Make Hansel Grow Art Event in aid of Hansel Foundation
at Lochgreen House Hotel, Troon
9th - 11th March 2015

I'd like to say this wee eight by eight just flew of the easel, but this is actually my third attempt. The first two were actually seascapes, neither of which were worth a bar of soap. So, this morning I decided on a different tactic, change the subject matter. Normally when it goes this wrong I resort to a horse, but as this painting is for a charity auction I decided a rural scene was probably more neutral to an audience. Fortunately everything flowed and I have to say I'm quite pleased with the finished!
Thanks for looking in, I'll be back soon :)

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else." ~Judy Garland

Monday, 19 January 2015

More Snow Babies...

Two wee snow babies out in the snow having fun, well Buddy loves it but Lilly isn't so sure. I literally have to drag Buddy in but Lilly is in first call....Princess!

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Finally....the snow arrived!

After everyone else seemed to have it, we finally got! Now I know that for people who need to get to and from work e.t.c. it can be a bind. But, for someone who is one, still a kid at heart and two, works from home, I was feeling a wee bit left out. Took these photos this morning, first four in the garden and the bottom one out the studio/bedroom window. I had hoped to go a bit further afield but the gritters haven't been out and it's a wee bit slippy underfoot. Falling on my backside wouldn't cause much grief with all the extra padding but, knowing my luck I'd break an arm or wrist.

Friday, 9 January 2015

"Welcome, winter. Your late dawns and chilled breath make me lazy, but I love you nonetheless." ~Terri Guillemets

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Just a wee bit progress on the moo.......

A few too many distractions has held up progress on the moo, I really need to organise myself better. But I managed a wee bit on it today and I'm pleased with how it's coming!

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

"There are so many things that we wish we had done yesterday, so few that we feel like doing today." ~Mignon McLaughlin

Monday, 5 January 2015

A Moo in progress....

Back to work today all bright eyed and bushy tailed. Mind you I haven't really accomplished very much and felt a wee bit rusty. That said what I did get done I enjoyed immensely been quite  a while since I've attempted a moo. Started off by just sketching it straight onto a piece of 6" x 6" mdf. Then I washed over the whole drawing with acrylic cadmium red to give a base that will show through. Once dry I started in oils, palette contains Titanium White, Ultra Blue, Paynes Grey, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Red Cadmium, Naples Yellow....
Thanks for!

Saturday, 3 January 2015

"It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it." ~John Burroughs

Thursday, 1 January 2015

"Smell the Salt Air" Acrylic 6" x 6"......first painting of the year!

"Smell the Salt Air"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

Wishing you all a Happy New Year, here's hoping it's going to be a good one where the inspiration flows and the easel get's plenty of Made a good start with this first painting of the year. There has been a few rough seas lately and with rough seas you get debris on the beach. I kinda liked the zig zagging it created. I was stuck for a wee bit trying to think of a title when it struck me, sitting looking at the painting I could imagine the smell as well as the sight. The same smell that sets the dogs of in the car when they realise they are going to the beach....seaweed and!
Have a great first day of the year whatever your, I'll be watching the racing from Cheltenham and Musselburgh, of course!

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year

"Whether we want them or not, the New Year will bring new challenges; whether we seize them or not, the New Year will bring new opportunities." ~Michael Josephson

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Wishing You All A Very Merry Christmas

"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!" ~Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers

Monday, 22 December 2014

From the Scrapbook

 "Snow at Seven Barrows" - Peter Curling
Bit of a Christmas wind down going on at Castle McCrindle at the moment, I wouldn't argue if you thought that there has been a bit of a wind down all year long. Next year will be different (I live in hope) and more time will be spent at the easel. In the meantime here's one from the scrapbook. A festive scene from the easel of the Irish Maestro Peter Curling.......
Thanks for!

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Winter Solstice

"Brew me a cup for a winter's night.
For the wind howls loud and the furies fight;
Spice it with love and stir it with care,
And I'll toast our bright eyes,
my sweetheart fair."
~Minna Thomas Antrim

Saturday, 20 December 2014

"And grassy blade, spreading the hoar frost bright,
That crackles crisp when marked by early foot."
~ James Grahame

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Framework Gallery, Troon...framing and exhibiting!

"Last Sail of the Day"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Early Dark"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Outward Tide"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Cold Tracks"
Acrylic 8" x 8"
Scooted down to Troon this afternoon to the Framework Gallery and dropped of the top four paintings to be framed. The Framework Gallery is a family owned gallery run by husband and wife team Peter and Fiona Foyle. Not only a great framer but Peter is fast making a name for himself as a talented artist. A good sized gallery but with a intimate feel it's beautifully lit, so much so I hardly know my own work when I see it on the walls. As well as originals they also sell prints and have a lovely selection of beautiful gifts and craftwork on show.
If your stuck for a gift for someone special this year pop in for a look, nothing more special ( I know I might be a tad biased) than a piece of original art.
I had also hoped to get some photos taken but sadly the weather was playing nice....a bleugh day!
Oh and you'll also find the five below hanging in the gallery......thanks for looking!

"Let's Go There"
Oils 6" x 6"

"Five Yachts Counted"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Fields of Summer"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Fading Arran"
Acrylic 8" x 8"

"Lost Horizon"
Acrylic 6" x 6"