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 snap...smile! 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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
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 yet...lol
Lily loves the new sparred fencing......not sure my neighbours do lol
Bird feeders are always a treat....for me and the birds!
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.......
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 days....smile!
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 www.hansel.org.uk and is sponsered by Costley & Costley Hoteliers Limited.
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 process.....smile!
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......
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 me...smile! 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 one......no! 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.
Well the christmas decorations are down and packed away. Was going to say for another year but the other year has already started and unless I'm quick in typing this, the first day will have been and gone. For the first time since I started blogging (this will be my fifth year....oops sixth, gosh time does fly) the posts have dropped in number, I'm short about 30 something posts than in previous years. Obviously spaced out throughout the year but that's a month's worth. If I'm honest what I did post didn't really amount too much either. I've read elsewhere that it seems to be an all over thing and some people have given up their blogs all together. I'm thinking that it has something to do with the popularity of Facebook Pages. Well much as I also enjoy sharing through my Facebook Page I'm really going to make a bigger effort to post on my blog this year. My blog isn't just for sharing, though I do love sharing with all of you who read it and I enjoy and find encouragement in the lovely comments you leave. It's for ME a diary of what I have or haven't accomplished during the year. I way of looking back and seeing how my work has improved or where it really needs too. It's also a way of sharing the good and the bad times and we all have our share of that.
So onwards and upwards I have blank canvasses to fill and lots of ideas in my head. Last year I was lucky to add The Framework Gallery back on my list of galleries who represent me. And, so far we've got off to a great start. Hopefully I'll add another gallery this year (maybe two), meanwhile I'd like to wish you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year, thanks for looking......
This wee sketch is the reason I was late posting, one of a few preparation studies I'll be doing for a painting of the Brown family. This is the lovely and much missed Tonto (Silver By Nature)......
"Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, "It will be happier" ~ Alfred Tennyson
Another doodle, in fact there might be a few doodles over the coming days and weeks. Feeling a wee bit rusty and the only cure for that is elbow grease...smile! I understand that Munnings sketched, sketched and then sketched some more. If it was good enough for him then it's good enough for me!
Got this lovely Christmas card from Fiona and Peter Foyle, the husband and wife team who own the lovely Framework Gallery in Troon. This is one of Peter's own paintings and I just love the festive feel it has. Not only is he a talented painter but a darn good framer with a great eye for what suits a painting, He's been a huge help to me this year, helping to pick just the right frame for my paintings. I'm looking forward to exhibiting in the gallery again next year, where I hope we'll have continued success.
I'd also like to take this oppertunity to wish everyone who reads the blog a very Merry Christmas and hope that tomorrow will be a wonderful day for you all.....hope Santa is good to you.
Super quick wee pencil doodle, two minutes max of a cute but cheeky wee babyface before bed. That's me not her, she'll have been tucked up long ago. This little lady is not so little as when this reference was taken but I hear still cheeky.
Been a busy day today getting last minute Christmas stuff done, everything ticked off the list just the veggies to get but leaving them till Monday. Had a nice morning sharing stories with my bestest friend Jane in her lovely new flat....hot mincemeat pies with cream and some melt in the mouth shortbread delish, very festive!
I'm not really one for horoscopes, I mean I can get through the day without having to read mine in a daily newspaper. But, my January edition of Woman and Home magazine horoscope section struck a cord......
"This is a new year you'll not easily forget. Some Arians will be celebrating an amazing offer: others will be preparing to leave behind an old way of life. Either way you're off to a great start."
Well I'm not sure what the amazing offer could be. But, in the last eleven years my way of life has changed so much that I sometimes look in the mirror and wonder who I am. So, maybe it is time to leave an old way of life behind and start to build a new one. I've given up the thought of owning another horse. Impossible both financially and through caring for my brother. I can though continue to enjoy them from an artist's perspective. Without a doubt the best and happiest move I've made this year was the arrival of my two dogs Buddy and Lily. Both have brightened the daily routine with their funny antics and unconditional love. I need animals in my life to be truly happy. And, the hunger to paint though still not as strong as it was IS coming back and that more than anything is something to strive for in the new year and beyond. Horoscopes are ok, for a bit of fun, or to make us think. But, we need to make our own future....smile!
Sold recently through the Framework Gallery, Troon
Finally got around to watching "September in February" this evening. I have to say it was a bit of a disappointment and ploddy. It certainly didn't favour Munnings very much, portraying him as a not too nice person. It's saving grace was the wonderul scenery and off course a few Munnings paintings to look at. The lovely painting above was the painting given by Munnings to Gilbert Evans, Munnings rival in the 'love triangle'......it stole the show...smile!
A look through the scrapbook today as my mojo seems to be having a holiday. Another of my favourite artists the late Peter Biegel. Didn't he have a great eye for capturing the moment. You can feel the coiled excitement as the lad is about to let his horse off onto the course....gorgeous!
Well if the weather people are right tomorrow we are either going to be blown away or smothered in snow. If I can pick I'll take the snow much nicer for photographs...smile!
"There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you.... In spring,
summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the
winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor
belonging to yourself." ~Ruth Stout
Was something of a relief to able to just sit and paint this today after the awful tragedy in Glasgow this weekend. The loss of loved ones is difficult at anytime but is a little harder to bare during the festive period. I lost my Dad 11 years ago on 23rd December and although I can still enjoy the lead up and celebrations and little of the sparkle has been rubbed off. My heart hurts so much for the families who have lost their loved ones in such tragic circumstances.
Where ever you are hug those you love close.......
This is as far as I'm going with this one, it's sometimes more difficult to know when too stop. I like the unfinished state and think it will look great once it's all framed up. Hopefully will get it popped into the framer tomorrow.
I'd like to just take this oppertunity to wish all my friends and followers in the US a very happy Thanksgiving Day....don't eat to much turkey!