Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Challenging work in progress....

A little work in progress I'm attempting, not quite sure how it's going at the moment. Sometimes I feel I'm on track and then other times the urge to wipe it is strong. Greens and water....there can't be two more difficult challenges.
Also, I'm still being challenged by my internet connection. I'll be back sooner or later depending on how it behaves....smile!


Monday, 20 October 2014

"Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter." ~Carol Bishop Hipps

Thursday, 16 October 2014

"A Soft Arran" Acrylic 6" x 8"

"A Soft Arran"
Acrylic 6" x 8"
Been a frustrating couple off days with computer issues, but this afternoon I just sat at the easel and painted. So if my posts are a few days apart you'll excuse me if I don't lose any sleep over it. Time is much better spent painting than trying to fathom the inners of a laptop. Another view of the Isle of Arran from Barassie...really enjoying these beach scenes....who would have thunk it...smile!
Will return when my laptop says it's ok......

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

15th October......

This morning just like every morning I got up went through to the kitchen opened the back door and let the dogs out. Sorted Steven into his chair and came back through, usually to the tell the dogs to 'be quiet people are still sleeping'. Then it's fill the kettle and then I cross off the calendar on the wall. All automatic, but today I saw 15th October and memories flooded into my head. On 15th October 1984 I watched from the top of Busbiehill as a rather battered white van pulling a blue trailer made it's winding way. It was carrying a small and somewhat scraggy seven month old Thoroughbred filly foal and life as I had known it was about to change. On hindsight she was an accident waiting to happen from the moment the ramp was brought down. She stood frozen at the top, her eyes bulging out of their sockets and then launched herself into mid air landing in a crumpled heap on the road. By lunch time she had split her head open trying to climb out over the top door of the stable. But I was already in love. Over the years she had many scrapes and bumps often generously sharing them with me too but I wouldn't have changed any of it for the world....well maybe perhaps the road accident. She suddenly became ill on 14th October 2002 and despite the efforts of my vet she passed away on the early hours of the 15th leaving Busbiehill and me eighteen years to the day of arriving. Still love you Rio xx

Monday, 13 October 2014

Invitation arrived for the Aberfeldy Gallery's Christmas Exhibition....

The lovely invitation for this years Christmas (sorry for using the C word in October) Exhibition arrived in the post today. Looking at some of the paintings on the invite, it looks like it's going to be a wonderful show......


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

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

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

Really was a huge relief to get this wee gem done and dusted this morning. I am not joking when I say I thought my goose had been cooked and I what little talent I had at the easel had evaporated. I won't dwell on the trials and tribulations of the last few years. We all have them and it's best to keep things on here light and airy, focused on art. That said we artist's are perhaps a little more sensitive by nature and it can creep into our work. I am at my happiest when something I'm working on goes right, so I guess I'll just have to keep getting it right.
Also managed to get into the garden this afternoon for a little while. Really got stuck into the Rowans at the top of the garden. Two down and one to go then it's the turn of the cherry blossom tree.
Thanks for popping in and thanks for listening to my rants and woes...smile!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Something is broken.....


Sunday, 5 October 2014

Thursday, 2 October 2014

"Early Dark" Acrylic 6" x 6" (altered)

"Early Dark"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

Was never really happy with this wee painting. So, this evening I took the bull by the horns and altered the sky. Much happier with the original sitting in the studio with me but it doesn't reproduce very well on here.....softer in the flesh. Can't have everything!
Thanks for looking in....

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Happy October days....

"Yellow, mellow, ripened days.
Sheltered in a golden coating....
Sweet and smiling are thy ways,
Beauteous, golden Autumn days"
~ Will Carleton

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Made it back to the Easel today......

.....was a little disheartened with my effort today until I looked at it again this evening. I sometimes think we artist's can be a little hard on ourselves, so I'm going to cut myself some slack and say it has potential. It's glaringly obvious that the fenceline is too dominant but that's fixable. I pushed the mountain back a little with a blue glaze and might do more glazes on it....yep one to set aside for another day...when I figure out the foreground...smile!


Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Starting and stopping....

Been something of a starting and stopping kind of a year. So in keeping with that I've started yet another painting at 10" x 12" it's a wee bit bigger than the normal for me. Note to self order larger brushes as this feels very finicky with my usual one's. Hopefully when you look in tomorrow I'll have more to show....if not I'll be stopped again!
Thanks as always for looking in....smile!


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

"Golden Summer" Acrylic 5" x 7"

"Golden Summer"
Acrylic 5" x 7"

There has been  a wee 5" x 7" frame lying in the studio for quite a while now. An error on my part when placing an order with my framer. Anyways today I cut a piece of MDF to fit the frame and painted a sunny wee landscape on it. Looks quite lovely in it's frame and would bring a little bit of sunshine to someone's dark corner of the room.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

"By all these lovely tokens September days are here,
With Summers best of weather
And Autumn's best of cheer."
Helen Hunt Jackson

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Yesterday was a good day.....

Yesterday was a good day, I took a wee batch of paintings down to the Framework Gallery in Troon to be framed. Had a nice wee chat with Peter about art and discussed what would suit the paintings. A frame can kill or enhance a painting and I know my work is in good hands. They will also be hung in the Gallery when framed. On the way home I stopped for a walk along the beach at Barassie. It was a glorious day and warm for September with only a wee breeze wafting in from the sea....most enjoyable....smile!
TODAY.....I find myself wondering why I ever thought I could paint...nuff said!

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Work in progress....a bonnie foal

Roughed in study of a stunning foal born this year at Rosalyn Serex's Solaris Sport Horses Balhaldie Farm. A friend on facebook, Ros, her husband and family breed the most stunning foals. Each years foals seem to surpass the last. This year is no difference and this stunning black colt with four white socks ( now named Just Jet SSH) has stood out from the moment I first saw his photos. Many thanks to Ros for allowing me to work from her images.
I suppose you could call this a re-cycled painting as it was originally a wee landscape. One of those that there was something not quite right about it. So, it found itself in the pile of discarded painting's destined to be gessoed and painted over. Waste not want not...smile!
I'm also playing nurse at the moment to wee Buddy who was at the vet yesterday. Nothing serious, well as a female I would probably say that...snip, snip and it was all over ;)

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Almost September...

Yesterday I was bemoaning the chilly mornings and cold evenings, or was it the other way around? So I was surprised to step out this morning on my walk and find it really quite warm...not that I'm complaining or were the dogs. Being Sunday we walked a little further than normal as Sunday tends to be a lazy day i.e we don't do anything that remotely resembles work. Mind you I think someone must have started a cycle club with the number of cyclists we met. Buddy and Lilly not overly fond of cyclists showed their disdain to each and everyone of them. The cyclists unaware of the danger they were in waved cheery hello's our way as they passed.....one day the hounds of hell shall break free....smile!
"By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer."
Helen Hunt Jackson

Saturday, 30 August 2014

"Early Dark" Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Early Dark"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

Early Dark, another one that hasn't photographed as well as I would have liked the blues aren't quite as blue in the flesh. Earlier dark, another sign that Autumn is creeping silently upon us. That and the cool mornings and chilly nights. Not quite suffering from the winter blues yet as Autumn has to be one, if not my most favourite of the season's. Hedgerows hanging with berries, hawthorns a red blaze with fruit. Golden fields, some still to be cut and others with row upon row of bales. Gosh where has the year gone, come Monday we will be into September. Soon the garden will need help for it's long sleep until next Spring.
"Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees." ~Faith Baldwin

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

"Fields of Summer" Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Fields of Summer"
Acrylic 6" x 6"
Finally managed get a painting completed and signed off the easel. Things just haven't been happening, much of it my own doing I'm afraid. This one started off as a wipe off/paint over and came straight out off my head...or what I call a makee upee....smile!


Yesterday my wee sweetheart Lilly celebrated her 5th birthday. She arrived in my life a year ago next month and she along with Buddy has been a continual source  of fun, love and entertainment. Life would most certainly have been a lot quieter and emptier without them in it. I'm thankful for everyday they are in my life.


Thursday, 21 August 2014

An honest eye....

There is just something so honest about a horses eye. I never tire of trying to paint/photograph them!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

"You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us." ~Robert Louis Stevenson

Sunday, 17 August 2014

"Five Yachts Counted" Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Five Yachts Counted"
Acrylic 6" x 6"
Finally managed this wee one finished the rocks proved a little challenging and were wiped off more than once but I've settled for them now. Just noticed in my excitement to get it finished I forgot to sign it. Hopefully I remember before it's framed :D
Bitter cold and windy today but I'm hoping there will still be plenty more fine days before winter starts to sink her teeth in and I put the heating on....smile! Have a warm one where ever you are and thanks for looking in....

Friday, 15 August 2014

Work in progress...untitled seascape

I really have been neglecting my artwork, getting caught up with life and all the trials it brings and spending too much time on social media. Plus I guess you could add gardening to the equation, though I have to say that helps keep me sane......well as sane as I am ever likely to get. So I started this wee 6" x 6" seascape about 15 minutes ago. Starting is always the hardest thing to do. Just the wee matter of getting focus back into my thick skull....and keep focussing!


Monday, 11 August 2014

Art off the Square Exhibition 13th - 16th August

Not the best of days to be delivering paintings, high winds and heavy showers. Surprisingly my friend Jane (who was at the wheel) and I got it dry to get paintings packed in the car and into Kilbarchan's East Church hall. Been a couple of years since I've exhibited at Art off the Square so I'm looking forward to renewing the accquaintance. It will be held over three days from 13th - 16th August at the Kilbarchan East Church hall and I can highly recommend a visit....even if it's just to sample the delicious home baking.