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!

Saturday, 4 June 2016

In the Garden...

Some images taken in the garden, we are having some amazing weather at the moment and it's a joy to spend some in the garden. The last photo is a rather grumpy looking baby starling. I bought a new garden bench and it was lovely sitting and snapping everything around me.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Enjoying the heatwave...

Lilly know's only too well what the Scottish weather can be like so she's grabbing the sunshine while she can. A nice wee shady spot in the garden and a snooze. Bring me a cool drink Mum!

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

"Morning Shadows" Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Morning Shadows"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

Wee corner of one of the back roads leading out from the wee village I live in. Things have been slow to sprout forth in the countryside and the garden this year. But, once it get's started there's no holding it back.
Hopes things are growing where ever you are...

Thursday, 19 May 2016

"Again rejoicing Nature sees,
Her role assume its vernal hues,
Her leafy locks wave in the breeze,
All freshly steep'd in the morning dews"
~ Robert Burns

Monday, 16 May 2016


Mixed Media
6" x 6"

Finally signed this one of the easel as finished, but honestly some paintings are never finished in an artist's eye, and this is one of those. At times it was fun and a lot of the time I was pulling teeth and hair. But, they are all a learning curve at least I hope!


Sunday, 15 May 2016

Getting there...

Truth be told I haven't been painting much this week as I've been playing at being a gardener. But I had a couple of hours at the easel this morning. This has to be a record for taking so long on a 6 inch by 6 inch painting. Nearly there and the next you see it'll be finished. Have to say I'm happy now with how it's going and even the cad.!

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Grabbing it while it's here...

Been enjoying some quality time in the garden this week. Lovely sunny days and real heat with a perfect breeze. What more can you ask for, a case of grabbing it while it's!

Sunday, 8 May 2016

It just kept staring at me....

Almost a week since I sat the red horse in the corner. Started in water based oils it first left me with swollen lips and a tingling up and down my neck. I left it on the easel overnight saying to myself it wasn't worth causing health problems. Next day the eye followed me and I succumbed to another try. This time I wore a mask and thought I had cracked it but half an hour later my lips again started to tingle and swell. Enough is enough I said to myself I'll just concentrate on acrylics. But, even as I said it I sat the 6" x 6"against some other stuff to let it dry. That eye just kept me under it's spell and today I found myself feeling the board to see if it was dry. I reckoned as it was water based I should be able to finish it off in acrylics. Just couldn't bare to chuck away such a pretty eye. There was a slight tingle in my lips but the minute I washed my face it was gone, so fingers crossed I'll get to finish it. Still regret using the cad. red as it takes a lot to push it back. Some folk are never happy :)

Monday, 2 May 2016

Still trying...very trying!

Well I tried again this morning with this oil but didn't get far before I had to down tools once more. Tried wearing a mask and thought I had cracked it but although it wasn't as dramatic as yesterday when I started having pains in my neck, the tingling sensation started in my lips after about half an hour working. I'll put this one aside for a couple of days and have another try. Not actually sure that painting on Cad. Red Medium was a good choice either as it is very dominant. I was painting over the error of my ways with another painting I guess I should take note from the image below. I found it recently on Facebook and shall try to remember it every time something goes pear! 

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Made a start but...

Made a start to this one today in water based oils but not sure if I'm going to be able to keep going with it. I started using water based oils when I started having a reaction to painting with oils. Now it would seem the same problem is happening with them. Such a shame as I love the lush feel you get with using oils. But, health has to come first and there are worse things than having to paint with acrylics for the rest of your life...ho fecking hum!