Sunday, 30 August 2009
Friday, 28 August 2009
Thursday, 27 August 2009
"Flaxen Hair" Acrylic 6x6
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I can remember as a little girl praying that I'd get a golden pony with a flaxen mane and tail...well truth be told I'd have settled for any colour but I think every little girl wants a golden pony. Here he is all finished and large as life, doing what he loves most...eating. It's a lovely sunny day and the sun sets his coat alight and his flaxen mane sparkles like a million diamonds. Monkey or not he's a gorgeous wee man..smile.
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
Sunday, 23 August 2009
Dougal or the mini mammoth as he's sometimes fondly called.....I say sometimes cos mostly he get's called, well let's just say words that can't be used on here for fear off being banned lol. He can be a bit of a monkey at times although he is always very sorry afterwards...mostly cos he wants released from jail lol. But for once he is the stable star.....though I don't think Sea the Stars is quaking in his racing plates. Dougal is the model (forget the stick insect look) for my fat, hairy pony paintings. "The Hairy One" sold first back in June at Dunkeld and yesterday when I went to collect my paintings from Kilbarchan I discovered that "Big Hair, Little Pony" had found a new home at 23 years old he's finally found his calling in the horse world.....I'm planning more hairy pony paintings as I type, his never sleek summer coat is getting fluffy again as autumn approaches.
Saturday, 22 August 2009
While the bulk of my work is sold through galleries or privately from my home studio I also do commission work. In fact back in the beginning when I skipped in daily to my day job in evenings and weekends I was painting horses, dogs and ponies to commission, and when I started full time painting they were the bulk of my income while I tried to get work hung in galleries. Both forms have their rewards, with galleries you are creating your own pieces, what you want to do, and people who know art are buying YOUR work, its a tremendous buzz. Commissions are a little different but just as rewarding. I love when distance allows and I can visit my subject spend time with them and take my own reference photos. The visit is invalueable as you also get to see first hand the interaction there is with the horse, dog, pony e.t.c. with their owner. I can off course work from your own photos though they must be yours and not photographs you have had professionally taken. Commissions are priced by size, by the number of subjects and whether they are head studies or full body poses. They start at £250- for a 8x12 head study. If you are considering a commision why not get in touch with no obligations to discuss what your looking for.
I joined this month's virtual pARTy kindly organised by Linda and Kim. Linda also supplied the beautiful image reference for all all too work from. Allowing for time zones everyone's work should be completed by midnight today Saturday 22nd. You can view all the interpretations at the Virtual pARTy.
I'm pretty much out off my comfort zone doing something like this as the words daily painting bring me out in a cold sweat lol I may add I do paint daily but completing one every day, too much pressure. My first mistake was doing it in a 6x6 format as I feel it has a squashed in feel about. But when all is said and done I enjoyed doing it and the time flew in....time fly's when your having fun and I can't wait to see what everyone else has done.
Thursday, 20 August 2009
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Really enjoyed painting this wee seascape this morning. It took me back to May when we were hanging our goup exhibition at Dowhill Farm near Turnberry. Each night after we had struggled, juggled and cursed why we were hanging an exhibition of artwork we were rewarded on the way home, by a feast of tranquility. Mother Nature set the sky alight with a blaze of colour finally petering out to soft hues which eased my frazzled mind.......hope the painting works the same magic......smile.
Monday, 17 August 2009
Sunday, 16 August 2009
One of the perks of being an artist is there is never a shortage of painting's for the walls. The drawback in some case's is they become part of the furniture and blend in so well you tend to forget about them, as it the case of the three above. You can find them in my Art From Scotland Gallery blog at the moment but they'll be taking off to exhibitions soon. Another reason I hang my paintings as soon as they are framed is not only to give a show to clients who come in the look out for a painting but to protect the frames. Anyone who is an artist knows what it's like when a frame takes a knock, it's easy done if they're on the floor placed against a wall. Just takes a little tap but can mean having to re-frame. Mine are mostly hung in the hall with the only draw back being if they're are a few exhibitions on at once I tend too looked burgled..lol. Well I'm off to start another wee one hope you all are having a great day.
Thursday, 13 August 2009
This sweet wee cow was having a siesta when I was taking her photograph and she has a look of "Go away and give me peace" lol. I didn't disturb them too much and she was carrying on with her wee snooze when I left. That's one of the good things about cows they rarely over do it and make for good models...though they can be prone too curiosity. An artist friend had a run in with a herd once when she was doing a spot of plein air painting. Not being very confident around big animals she took off when they appeared. When she returned she discovered they had licked all the paint off her palette...bet that made for some interesting cow pats lol.
Saturday, 8 August 2009
Friday, 7 August 2009
"From Top of the Hill" Acrylic 6x6 £150-
Had a lovely trip up to Aberfeldy yesterday to deliver these four paintings to the Gallery . The Gallery is having a opening on this coming Saturday which will feature work by the artists Dronma and John Nelson and also new work by the gallery artists. It will be well worth visit and if you can manage on Saturday you can also visit the Highland games at Wade's Park.
I had hoped to have loads of sunny photos from the Sma' Glen but in typical Scottish weather it was a bit overcast going through it....off course the minute I got to Aberfeldy the sun came out and you could have roast an Ox on the street lol. Anyway this is probably the best of the bunch, which sadly doesn't show it of at it's best or give you the impression of how small it can make you feel while driving through......you'll just have to come visit for yourselves...smile.
Monday, 3 August 2009
Sketched this wee foal headstudy and gave it a light wash with Raw Sienna. I find when I'm doing a commission it's good to have something else to work on so that I can swop when the concentration and flow starts to wane...well I think I'll have a wee cup of tea and then get down too the business of painting it.
Thanks for dropping by :)
Sunday, 2 August 2009
Now I know this is a bit off a scraggy looking tree but honestly, that's it's appeal for me. I love that it's a little rough round the edges, and that you see through the holes in it's jacket. As trees go this one has a lived in feel and it will have seen a few comings and goings in it's life. Last year it looked even rougher than this infact there was quite a bit of bare branches and too be honest, I didn't think it would last much longer. Well I've been proved wrong and it now looks just fine. The road swings round and up the hill and there's.....no I'm not going to tell you. Isn't that half the fun of a painting noticing little things each time you look and making your own story up....smile.
Thanks for the visit and hope you drop by again soon.