Friday, 30 October 2009

WIP SEA THE STARS PORTRAIT OF A CHAMPION

Sorry not very good quality used the flash, thats me finished for tonight but look in again tomorrow for update :)

Thursday, 29 October 2009

WORK IN PROGRESS "SEA THE STARS" PORTRAIT OF A CHAMPION


Little more progress this afternoon. As always when doing portraits I try to capture the eye first, once that's done everything else falls into place......most times :)

WORK IN PROGRESS PORTRAIT OF A CHAMPION "SEA THE STARS"


I honestly can't remember when my love affair with the thoroughbred horse started but when my friends were filling their bedroom walls with posters of their favourite hunks mine were filled with famous racehorses of the present and the past. I've got past covering my bedroom walls but I still collect photos and clippings and although I can't manage to many race meetings these days I still enjoy following racing on TV. The word superstar over the years gets banded about but this year a 'real' superstar brought racing to the fore not only to the racing crowd but also captured the imagination of the public not only in the UK but worldwide. Tall dark and very handsome, perfect manners, cruise control and a blinding turn off foot is what helped make Sea The Stars the superstar he is, that and the sprinkle of moondust....smile. Couldn't resist painting him.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

"HARVEST COLOURS" ACRYLIC 6X6


"Harvest Colours"
Acrylic 6x6
Copyright 2009 Elizabeth McCrindle
£130- unframed
or
£150- with custom made frame
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At last I was able just to sit down and get on with my art work today. I really enjoyed losing myself in this wee landscape, shutting out the world for a wee while. The reference's for this were taking a few weeks back when there were still leaves on the tree (its actually a group of hawthorns that has been allowed to sprout). I just love the shape of it, bent and ragged with the wind that whips across the fields in the winter. The fence itself could also do with a little straightning but I think that adds a little charm to the painting.
As always I'm grateful for you stopping by, come back tomorrow to see what's been happening in the studio.

Saturday, 24 October 2009

BRITISH SUMMERTIME ENDS AND A NEW SYSTEM STARTS IN THE STUDIO.....

This weekend sees the end of British Summertime and the clocks slip back an hour. The weather today seems to agree, on my walk this morning the sky was a deep duck egg blue and the leaves of the trees were whipping in the wind and filling the path before me. Joshua just ploughs through them whereas Spike his more refined brother tries to tippy toe through the spaces it's a delight to watch them. I noticed for the first time that the swans are starting to gather in what was the barley field, they and the soon to arrive geese come every year to graze. The Charolais family have developed woollie coats and their cream coats are starting to muddy with the damper weather, won't be long till they disappear into the winter sheds. Was annoyed with myself for not having my camera for I missed a photo shoot of two handsome greyhounds being walked by their owner, hopefully I'll meet them again.
Time to take stock in the studio which badly needs a good clearing and a possible move around. If I could get away with it I'd like to paint all day long but I really have to find a way to get everything done. My idea at the moment is to work four days where painting takes priority and three where all the other things like keeping house take priority. So this coming week my new system commences Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday are painting days and Friday, Saturday, Sunday is house keeping e.t.c.........seems so simple when you see it written down, wonder how long it will last lol.
Have a super weekend whatever your doing and thanks for looking at my blog :)

Thursday, 22 October 2009

"GUS" ABERDEEN ANGUS ACRYLIC 6X6


"Gus"
Acrylic on board 6x6
£130- unframed
or
£150- framed
SOLD

Managed to get "Gus" finished last night but was too dark to photograph the painting so I had to wait until this morning. starting to feel I should have went with a different background colouring which would have complimented the portrait more, will try that with the next one. My next one on the easel is the stunning black Arabian stallion TDR White Stone (Peter to his friends) from the Three Day Ranch in California, I'm so grateful to Xena for allowing me to paint him. Will be doing a few studies of Peter and they won't be hurried so there will be some other paintings in between times......something to look forward to :))
Thanks for looking in, your visits are much appreciated, what's an artist without an audience :)

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

WORK IN PROGRESS ABERDEEN ANGUS "GUS" ACRYLIC 6X6

Still working on "Gus" but not much more too do and then wer'e done. Have to say I've really enjoyed seeing him come to life he's a wee sweetie :)
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Monday, 19 October 2009

WORK IN PROGRESS "GUS" ACRYLIC 6X6


Managed to get a good start on this wip this afternoon and quite pleased with how it's working out. Hoping to get a bit further this evening, little landscapes I can generally rattle off in a day but animals are different. I just seem to pick more at my animal portraits trying to capture the character of the animal I'm painting. This Aberdeen Angus bullock has a softness about him......he's definately found his feminine side. Think the wash looks a bit calmer as well lol. I really admire these artists who can rattle off animal portraits in a day, it's hard work. I joined the group of artists on Daily Painters International Art Gallery last week and I'm hoping I haven't bitten off more than I can chew.
Thanks for visiting come back and see how he turns out :)

WORK IN PROGRESS "GUS" ACRYLIC 6X6


Firstly I'm sorry about the quality of the image and the probable need for sunglasses. I had actually sketched out the head first as usual but obviously the ultramarine wasn't dry when I hit it with my rather over bright wash but I'm sure you can get the drift off what's coming.
I know I said (well maybe I said it to myself) that I wouldn't be doing anymore works in progress after the last disaster but really the whole point of this blog is a journal of my work for myself as well as for whoever comes across it. Originally back in January I started this with a view to promoting my work to the masses, well maybe not masses but for a bigger audience. I now realise that it will be a useful tool for me to watch progress and developement in my work, and, to do that you can only grow from your mistakes as well as success.
Although I've been a full time artist since 1996 my painting has had to take a back seat for a few years due to my Father's death at a point when things were starting to go well. I won't go into details of the following years where I also lost my Mother but my art which had always been my comfort left me and I couldn't paint. Over the last two years a change has begun and the hunger to paint has started to come back, it's up to me to continue to feed the hunger, because your only as good as your last painting.
Thanks for dropping in for a look.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

"DO NOT DISTURB" ACRYLIC 6X6


"Do Not Disturb"
Acrylic 6x6
£130- unframed
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A little change today from landscapes with this little painting of an Aberdeen Angus. That look says it all she had found a nice dry spot and wasn't moving...quite right too I got my reference and left her in peace.
Thanks again for dropping in and having a look.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

"DULL AND OVERCAST" ACRYLIC 6X6


"Dull and Overcast"
Acrylic 6x6
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This painting is just how I feel at the moment dull and overcast....not too mention a bouncing sore head. Looks like it's clearing in the distance so hope the paracetemol will brighten me...smile.
Thanks as always for popping in your following is appreciated :)

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Sunday, 11 October 2009

SAVE THE CHILDREN ART EXHIBITION.......

"Sweetheart"
Acrylic 8x8
£200- SOLD

I finally managed some time off yesterday to go visit the Save The Children Art Exhibition at the Maclaurin Galleries, Ayr. The show is doing very well and people have generously been purchasing many of the lovely works on show, considering the so called credit crunch. I'm delighted to say that "Sweetheart" above has found a new home and I hope it will give it's new collectors many years of enjoyment, plus adding a little to this most worthy cause. "The Roosted Gate" is still to find it's forever home but the exhibition still has a couple off weeks to run so I'll keep my fingers crossed :))

"The Roosted Gate"
Acrylic 16x16
£500-

Friday, 9 October 2009

"WEATHER COMING IN" ACRYLIC 6X6

"Weather Coming In"
Acrylic 6x6
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I've been enjoying working on these wee 6x6's and this one is no exception. A typical Ayrshre landscape of rolling fields and big skies. No painting tomorrow as I'm going to view the Save The Children Art Exhibition at Ayr with a friend. We'll also have lunch at a really nice Garden Centre and have a browse around the shop while were there....not too mention be talking for Scotland lol.
Hope you have a lovely weekend whatever your doing and thanks for looking in :)

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Thursday, 8 October 2009

"CHANGING COLOURS" ACRYLIC 6X6

"Changing Colours"
Acrylic 6x6
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Was difficult to get the colouring right on this one, the distant blues are more of a black blue but it's still quite a nice wee painting. Another one captured on my visit to Aberfeldy, this is looking across the fileds to the mountains.....sadly I don't know the name of this mountain but a couple of minutes after this it was shrouded in mist. Here a quick burst of sunshine was washing across the lowland make the white of the houses in the distance jump out.....typical Scotland the conditions cange in a blink of an eye.
As always thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.

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Tuesday, 6 October 2009

"AUTUMN ON THE RIVER BANK" ACRYLIC 6X6

"Autumn on the River Bank"
Acrylic 6x6
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A wee study from my visit to Aberfeldy of autumnal trees on the bank of the River Tay. The trees were just beginning to change, Perthshire is well known for it blaze of colour in Autumn. I took my dogs for a walk along the bank and have to say there isn't much space between you and a dooking in the Tay, was quite a wind whipping up as well but worth it nevertheless.
Thanks for looking and hope you enjoy the view.

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Monday, 5 October 2009

LIKE BUSES....


"Distant Hills"
Acrylic 8x8
SOLD

Selling paintings is a bit like buses, nothing and then two or three come at once. Not that I'm complaining in anyway in fact I'm over the moon and long may it continue. It's something you have to be prepared for as a professional artist and hope that the lean months balance out with the fruitful ones.
Now I should have been working like a trojan at the easel but I really needed to weed at the front of the house as tomorrow rain is forecast...it's done and all in all has been not a bad day :)
Hope yours is a good one and thanks for looking in.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Something Good At Last.....

"Summer Hedgerow"
Acrylic 6x6
SOLD

At last a bright spell to the week sold "Summer Hedgerow" one of the paintings I took up to Aberfeldy last Sunday. It doesn't take much too lift the spirit of an artist but selling something you've created always hit's the spot and the disaster's that have been coming from the easel are swiftly swept aside....we're a fickle lot lol. Other good news I've been able to get my printer running on this stinky Vista, getting used to new laptop slowly but surely.

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Saturday, 3 October 2009

LAST WORK IN PROGRESS.....

Well this work in progress didn't come along the way I would have liked. Mostly I think it was a concentration thing for my part...or lack of it. Have had a busy week with one thing or another and never got my usual run at this painting.......I know excuses, excuses lol anyway this is how it finished......will be better luck next time.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

MORNING IN MAXWELL PARK.....








This weekend I've got three paintings in the Retail Trust Exhibition being held at Pollockshields Burgh Hall in Glasgow and today I took them up for the handing in. The paintings I'm exhibiting can be found in My Vitual Gallery . Was a lovely crisp sunny morning and although I've been exhibiting here for quite a few years this was the first time I actually took time to visit the Maxwell Park where the building resides. It was a breath of fresh air and well worth the visit, could hardly believe I was in Glasgow. Had my camera with me so thought I'd share some of the things that caught my eye.......I was particularly delighted with the charming little Mallard who was letting everyone in the park know how wonderfully happy he was to be alive :))