Wednesday, 30 September 2009


Have to apologise my heart hasn't really been in my work today and this is a dismal work in progress. Not much done and definately at the ugly stage hopefully there will be something worth looking at tomorrow.

NOTE:- Have just read on Carol's blog The Writer's Porch that she hasn't been able to post on my blog. You have my apologies if you having been trying to leave a post and couldn't, thanks to Carol this has hopefully been solved :)

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Tuesday, 29 September 2009


Had fun this morning working up this study of a calf. Using Burnt Sienna and French Ultramarine I've been building up form and establishing where my light is coming from. Have an appointment this afternoon but hopefully I might get started on colour this evening.
Enjoy your art where ever you are :)

Monday, 28 September 2009


This is a rough sketch of another wee calf study, should have been further along with it but got held up with my new laptop. Everything is in the wrong place, worded differently and it's being a proper tease at times. Add to that some of the software on my old computer won't work with Vista including my printer grrrrrrrr. Never mind better than having no computer at all :)
Off to walk the dogs while it's still dry.

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Had a lovely day in Aberfeldy yesterday, was up delivering work to the Aberfeldy Gallery but had my camera with me as usual and took a few snaps........well more thean a few but haven't had time to sift through them all....the river was pretty high and running fast but I was brave and took the dogs along the bank..... not too brave when it comes to water.

These guys were an absolute delight and seemed to come from every corner of the river. Don't think I've ever come across 'wild' ducks that were so friendly....they even came out the water and followed us along the bank lol. As you can see Autumn has arrived in the gateway to the Highlands and the leaves are dropping from the trees.

Two shots from the Black Watch Monument, I love this statue and always when time permits come for a visit to it when I'm in Aberfeldy. I love too touch it which might sound odd but I think the whole object off statues or any kind of carving should be felt as well as looked at. As I'm sure you'll all know the Black Watch is one of Scotlands best known and gallant regiments and even though our government thought fit to amalgamate all our Scottish regiments into one i will always think of them as seperate.

Saturday, 26 September 2009


Taking these three paintings up to Aberfeldy tomorrow to replace the three I sold earlier. Keeping my fingers crossed that the weather will be fine and I can get some decent images of the lovely Perthshire countryside. From the top they are "Bella", "Summer Hedgerow" and "Flaxen Hair".

Friday, 25 September 2009


"Through The Middle"
Acrylic 8x8
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You can just about see the turning of the colour to the landscape in this wee painting. The wee burn is winding it's way to the sea and will join the river Irvine further down the way. This view is taken from the old stone bridge on Southook Road. There used to be mines and a brickwork but all have succumbed to age, though yesterday I was watching them plough the field on the left hand side of this field and they had a boy scooting about picking up stones and bricks definate left overs :). Was a challenge for me too split the greens into their forty shades but I'm happy enough with the end result.

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Thursday, 24 September 2009


Well back at last with a new work in progress. Not very sure of my laptop having a problem with my screen after spending eight years looking at a screen ahead of me feels odd looking down. Also having to make do with the photo program on it for the moment....ok moaning over. I really enjoyed being back at the easel this afternoon. This landscape is off a wee burn (scottish for stream) that meander's through some farmland not far from my home. The different greens are going to be a challenge as well as the reflections on the strip of water.

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Wednesday, 23 September 2009


Just a quick post to let you all know I've haven't disappeared into cyber space. My old dinosaur of a computer finally decided it had had enough of me and slammed on the brakes. Just in case you haven't already guessed I'm not the most tech savvy person on the's a case of I can manage as long as it's going and being a creature of habit my old timer....well I knew where everything was. I've now got a new laptop....eeeeeekk and you'll have to bare with me as we get too know each other. Eight years down the road I'll have it off pat lol........will be back soon with some new work for you to see :))

Sunday, 13 September 2009


"The Roosted Gate"
Acrylic 16 x 16
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All done, I'm quite pleased with this one I like the rich colours and I have to say the photos don't quite do it justice. This is one of the paintings I'm sending to the Annual Save The Children Exhibition I receive an invitation to every year. The exhibition will be held from 28th September till the 25th October at the Maclaurin Galleries, Rozelle Park, Ayr, if you get the chance the show is well worth a visit. 40% off the proceeds from the sale off the paintings goes too this worthy cause.


Nearly at the end....if there ever is such a thing with a painting, there is always another little tweak to be done. Been happy with what I've accomplished today and now it's time for a little break before I tackle the foreground.

Saturday, 12 September 2009


Well I'm a little further forward with the work in progress. I'm kinda feeling my way into the painting at the moment. The gate itself has broken away from the post and ever so slowly it's being swollowed be the hedge. I'll cover the whole board with large brush strokes then go back over tightning it a little here and need to put every leaf or blade of grass in, if you suggest it the eye will do the rest.

Some more of the cuddly coos as promised, they really are very pretty and for cows terribly shy. My usual problem with cows is their curiosity means they walk towards you when your trying to take photos but these guys are very camera shy.


I really must start watching what I say on here.....this work in progress was supposed to have started on 3rd September well according to what I wrote on my Blog. We artist's are very fickle and can be easily lead astray and lead from the path we were taking. I'm not all too blame as I've had a busy week with all the trials that life gives us, plus we seem to have hit a nice spell off weather which if you live in Scotland is something you grab with both hands lol. Anyway enough excuses after spending the morning hunting down Highland coos (see previous post) and then being distracted by the fact that the last Classic of the year was being run at Doncaster (Masterly won by the way) I've actually got started. A larger than normal it's 16x16 gessoed MDF. I covered it with a thin wash of raw sienna before starting, then sketched in where the gate and post will be placed and I'm now starting to block in colour. This is most definately what we artists call the uglies but it will improve....hopefully. It better had cos it's too be delivered to the Maclaurin Galleries on Wednesday.....why do I do this too myself.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009


"Study - After The Race"
Acrylic on heavy card 5x7

It's been a bit off a marathon doing this study and mostly because my concentration on the job at hand just wasn't there if I'm honest. But there were elements in the study that I did like, the eye still a little wild and the full nostrils blowing after the effort, so, rather than throw in the towel I used that dogged determination that us Scot's are famous for and refused to give in. I am happy with the result in that I've finished as much as I was going to do with it but not enough to put a price on it......that said if anyone out there love's it make me an offer ( a fair one) and it's your's. Keeping my fingers crossed now that the rain will stay off until I get my my grass cut :)
Hope your day has been good where ever you are.

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Tuesday, 8 September 2009


"Going To Get Wet"
Acrylic 6x6 SOLD

"From Top of the Hill "
Acrylic 6x6 SOLD

Acrylic 6x6 SOLD
Was delighted to hear from Judy at the Aberfeldy gallery today letting me know that these three painting's have all found new homes. A wonderful boost on a wet and windy day in Ayrshire. Will have to get cracking to replace them. The gallery is well worth a visit and you'll receive a warm welcome in a lovely light filled airy space playing host to some well kent name's in the Scottish art circle's. If that's not enough then this is the time of year to be visiting Pertshire with it's splendid autumnal scenery.

Monday, 7 September 2009


Well the walk seemed to have worked some magic as I got back in the saddle and back to my work in progress. Just a little done but I feel a little more pleased with how it's going and that's the main thing. Sorry about the quality of the photograph as I had to take it indoors.


Sorry not much further on with this my heart just doesn't seem too be in it. Some paintings are like that, for some reason it just doesn't click at the moment. I usually get a feel for a painting right at the start but getting no feeling from this one. Won't give up just yet and maybe things will improve, if not, well I just put it down to experience no point of worrying about it.
Two things I always forget too say, one and most importantly is I'd like to thank all those follower's to my Blog its very much appreciated and too those who though not 'official' follower's but look in regularly a big thanks, can't remember the correct number without looking but it's over 3,000 visits since I started on January this year, don't be afraid to say hi on the comments it's always great to hear your thoughts......big smile from me too you. Second if you click on the image you get a larger image.....I'm guessing you are all a lot smarter than me and already know that lol. I'm off for a walk, hopefully I'll be a bit more inspired when I get back :)

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Sunday, 6 September 2009


I know this doesn't look anything like a "Roosted Gate" but after all the best of intentions I had I haven't been feeling too good this weekend and decided a bit of TLC was in order. So I put my feet up watched some TV and read my book, but now feel guilty not having done anything so I started this little headstudy of a racehorse after the race. Shall be back too normal tomorrow.

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Thursday, 3 September 2009

Coming Soon.....Save The Children Art Exhibition 2009

"Half Cut"
Acrylic 24x20
"Thunder in the Sky, Greenan Shore"
Acrylic 16x16
Today I'm going to get started on this years exhibits for the Annual Save The Children Fund Art Exhibition at Ayr. I am as usual running at the coo's tale as they have to be delivered to Rozelle on the 16th September though it's only the painting's that have to be done (hysterical laughter). I already know the titles and size off both paintings...confused....well, I recieve my entry forms usually by the middle of July and they then have to be completed and returned to the SCF secretary by the middle of August so the the catalogue can be organised. This year I'm sending "The Roosted Gate" for those not used to how us Scot's speak 'roosted' is slang for rust and the other title is "Sun Going Down, Dunure" both paintings will be in Acrylic and are 16x16. The frames are ready so just the matter of painting them (more hysterical laughter), getting them in the frame and it's a done deal. I have already looked out reference photos, that's how I got the titles but I've been painting long enough to know that it can never be that simple and that as someone dear too me so eloquently puts it "s**t happens". So now the moment of truth has arrived and the panic I mean adrenaline lol is kicking in. All will be well, they will be the best paintings I've ever done, they will be finished on time, all will be well, they will be the best paintings I've ever done, they will be finished on Suppose I better stop gassing and get on with it. The too above are pieces that were done on previous years. I'll be back with the works in progress.