Monday, 30 November 2009


copyright 2009 Elizabeth Mccrindle
"Split in the River"
£130- unframed
£150- with custom made frame
This is from one of my trips to Aberfeldy, the river splits here just before the General Wade bridge and makes the water a little rough which gives you a lovely play of light.
Well I'm looking forward to putting my feet up for the rest of the evening and watching some tv.
Thanks for looking in :)

Thursday, 26 November 2009


"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them" ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Wednesday, 25 November 2009


"Ponies in a Sandpit" - Sir Alfred Munnings
Thought I'd post something from the Scrapbook today as it seems to be one of those days when artist block as reared it's ugly head. When this happens I immerse myself in my scrapbook of images cut from magazines e.t.c it never fails to get me fired up again. And no one more than Munnings reminds me of what I someday hope to accomplish. I can't say I've ever looked at a Munnings painting or sketch without admiration for a man who for the best part of his painting life had the use of only one eye. This one "Ponies in a Sandpit" is a particular favourite, of ponies grazing on rough grass near the beach. The colour makes you feel the heat of the day ( a blessing with the weather we're getting) and I swear the ponies tails and ears are twitching to keep the flies at bay....oh to stand in front of the original and see the brushstrokes.
Ah well time for some lunch after taking care of the horses needs and back to the drawing board......

Monday, 23 November 2009


Copyright Elizabeth Mccrindle
"Path of the Stream"
Acrylic 6x6
£150- SOLD

Sorry no images of Edinburgh as I didn't have my camera with me, mind you the weather was much better in Auld Reekie than it is here in Ayrshire. Don't you just love the wash from huge juggernauts swamping your car. Brian and Ian were admiring their gallery window when I arrived and very nice it was looking. I'll publish the web address when it goes live. They said that was the easy part of hanging the Christmas Exhibition I agreed with them when I stepped inside and saw the mountain of work they have to have hung by this weekends opening. Good news I had sold "Path of the Stream" which meant I only had one to bring home.
Still have some chores to do then some paperwork and then maybe read some (The Gift by Cecelia Ahern) before some shut eye. Tomorrow will be disrupted with Rosemary coming to cut my hair, which I'm trying to grow ( I know that sounds Irish lol) and then restock the cupboards with groceries......then I might just manage some time at the easel.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

DOGGIE YEARS..........

Joshua and Spike the early days



Was out for my usual walk with the boys this morning, which for a change was dry in fact even a little sunny though 6 degrees with a wind chill factor of about These days our walks are not as brisk as usual in fact during the summer months I had started to notice a difference in Joshua my little wolf sable pomeranian. He has been losing his sight over the last couple of years and his hearing more recently...although there are times when I think that is selective, but there has been a definate change these past few weeks, a slowing down, a getting old. Joshua and Spike are litter brothers and came to us when they were 3 years old and will be 12 years old come 24th December. He sometimes, in the evenings mostly get a little confused and wanders about the house. I had never actually heard of dogs suffering from dementia but having cared for my mother it looked like that to me. My vet confirmed that they can have dementia and that he is most likely having little mini strokes. This morning on our walk I was walking on and looked back to see that they were following Spike was his usual head down and marching behind sign of Josh. As it turned out when I started to back track calling his name I saw movement in the rough grass on to the side of the path wee soul had went into the grass and couldn't find his way out, he obviously could hear me calling but couldn't register where the sound was coming from and was getting himself further lost. There was much tail wiggling and kisses when I scooped him up and he was happy to be carried for the rest of the walk. I know they aren't with us forever and my eyes are a little damp typing this because I also know we are now at the beginning of the end but for now its more cuddles and neither Josh or Spike are complaining :)


Can't remember when there wasn't a dog in the house, my Dad's influence, he had also been surrounded by dogs when he was young. Our first dog I don't really remember he was a rescue who my Dad brought home, a boxer he named Roy. Roy never settled in the house and was always wandering, my Dad finally (my Mum's influence) found him a home in a small holding just outside the village where he lived out his life. I remember he always came to meet us at the entrance of the holding just to say hello. We then had a Cairn Terrier called Candy, we sadly lost her when she ran out into the path of a car while chasing a cat. Then came Candy the Corgi, Mum and Dad bought her from a farm, she was the dog that I grew up with. I remember Dad bringing her home in a cardboard box she was tiny and she had two white tips on her front paws as if someone had just slipped paint across them. She and I used to disappear for hours into the countryside i was devastated when she died. Sadly I can't find any photos of them :). Then came Glen he was a Shetland collie and a real sweetheart, the quietest dog I've ever known. We lost him sadly when he was young, he had been born with a faulty heart :)


Then came Stroma another Shetland Sheepdog and another with the sweetest nature. He also had the brightest eyes I've ever known. His full name was Bright Eyes of Stroma (Stroma is an Island of the Shetlands). He too succumbed to heart problems and was a terrible sad loss to us.


Darling Amber was our first Pom. Mum didn't want another dog after the loss of Stroma but we finally coaxed her round. Dad and I both wanted a larger dog but Mum insisted it was a samll dog or none at all. We went to Kirkcaldy to 'see' a puppy that a friend knew was available, yeah and we all know what see means. I remember sitting in the lady's lounge when she brought the puppy in, it shot out of her hands and straight up onto my lap......he was home :) Amber the no fuss Pom, left us with no fuss no warning, just lay down and went to sleep at my side age 12 years.


We got Pebble when Amber was five to keep him company. Someone said it's always better to have two they are company for each other. Pebble was four months old when we got him and when we got him home it was love at first sight for him when he met Amber. Amber on the other hand was not exactly welcoming and his nose was a little out of joint for a wee while but Pebble was if nothing persistant and gradually he wore Amber down. He was my wee darling pint sized with the heart of Lion, totally bullet proof he would get us into trouble frequently lol. He was devoted to Amber and never recovered from Amber's death and died 60 days after him.

It's a devastating loss when you lose a pet they are part of the family but the love they give surely outweighs the pain. I'm going to treasure my boys no matter how long or short the time left. Where ever your reading this from hug your pet's close.

Friday, 20 November 2009


Copyright 2009 Elizabeth McCrindle
"Little Princess"
Acrylic 6x6
£130- unframed
£150- with custom made frame

Well it only took a couple of minutes to correct the ear but I thought by the time I had been to the stables and back the light would have been useless to photograph the painting. Wonders of wonders we actually had a blink of sunshine and I mean blink. As I'm sitting here typing the rain is again lashing against the window.
I'm really happy with the way this little sweetie has turned out. She's available direct from the studio too anyone wishing to give her a new home, with a guarantee that if you don't fall in love with her you can send her right back. I can imagine she would certainly light up Christmas day for a horse lover you might know.
I'm off for a wee cuppa and a bic, see y'all tomorrow :))

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Really cracked on with the wee princess this morning and barring one problem I'm quite pleased with progress. Bet you can't guess what's wrong LOL. I don't know about other artists but I have a stubborn streak in me and almost the minute I started painting this wee baby I knew the right hand ear wasn't balanced but I doggedly continued. Then this morning I was going through an ugly stage and thought I was going to lose my way with the whole painting. So I painted over the ear and left it to dry, not surprisingly everything else miraculously started to fall into place. Just waiting for the spot to dry and I'll try again with the ear....really don't think we'll get away with just
Probably won't have another update till tomorrow, being firmly in winter's clutches we lose the light outside so quickly so won't be able to photograph it.
Thanks for popping in I so appreciate it and hope you visit again tomorrow and be sure to bring a friend :)

Thursday, 19 November 2009


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Really enjoying working on this wee head study she definately is a little It can sometimes be difficult to get the facial structure on young foals but this little darling has a beautiful head and I reckon going to be quite a head turner as she matures. She is a bit woollie in the reference photos but hopefully I know enough about horses to pick out her bone structure. It's the next best thing too running my hands over her.
It's been a dreadful day here today weatherwise, makes me glad to have an inside job......well in between attending to the horses. Speaking of them better get up to the yard and tuck them in for the night. I'm lucky that they are stabled in an enclosed yard so they can wander around the yard when it's to wet for them to go into the paddock.
Hope you'll pop in tomorrow to see how the princess has progressed and thanks for looking in today.

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Wednesday, 18 November 2009


copyright 2009 Elizabeth McCrindle

Been a busy day today, spent the morning working at the easel then made some soup which went down nicely with some crusty bread. Afternoon I took some time off and spent it up at the yard having a good tidy and clear out by the time I had finished was pouring with rain and darkness was coming in. Had some little 6x6 boards gessoed ready to use so sketched this little darling out ready to start tomorrow.
Well may day has ended and I'm off to dreamland but I'll be back tomorrow to the real world hope you can join me.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009


copyright 2009 Elizabeth McCrindle
"Golden Pony"
Acrylic 6x6
£130- unframed
£150- with custom made frame
Finished the golden pony this morning and thought I'd just put it on my Blog before lunch. Had a few problems photographing it and I'm afraid this is the best I can get. I can guarantee that it's much better in the to speak. I also tried it in one of the frames I picked up yesterday and it looks lovely....if I can say so myself. If you know anyone who might like a golden pony for Christmas, which doesn't need to be fed, groomed or mucked out you know where to find one. Christmas is the ideal time to get started in collecting art either for yourself or as a gift for someone special. Check out my Gallery Blog for available originals and for details of where my work is being hung over the Christmas period or I'll be happy to answer enquiries from you by email.
Well I'm off to feed the horses, then myself, then I've a doctor's appointment then back to's never ending.
Thanks as always for popping in for a look :)

Monday, 16 November 2009


Firstly I'm sorry for the bad quality of this photograph but it's 11.30 in the evening and was the best I could do as I didn't want to use the flash. Have been missing doing my wee 6x6's so thought I'd do a wee doodle before I hit the pillow. Has turned into a wee arguement with me and the paints but I can at last see a little light at the end of the tunnel :) Sometimes think I plan a painting too much but with this one I've just let it flow, part of me would like to go on and finish it but my eyes are starting to sting a little so I'm calling it a day. Hopefully the buzz will be there tomorrow and I'll get it finished and a better photograph taken.....mind you the rain is lashing against the window so perhaps we'll be under water.
Hope it's dry where ever you are and thanks for looking in :)

Sunday, 15 November 2009


"Weather Coming In"
Acrylic 6x6
"Harvest Colours"
Acrylic 6x6

"Changing Colours"

Acrylic 6x6


"Autumn On The Riverbank"
Acrylic 6x6

I'm sorry if I seem to have been neglecting my blog these past fews days just a little busy. It's not that I haven't been producing I am but all are commissions so I can't even let you see them as works in progress. I will try to fit in a few small paintings in between everything else that seems to need doing. My new system that I was going to be starting hasn't I think I just have to content myself that everything will eventually get done and just relax. Funny how you never think of yourself being stressed until something set's you off. Last couple of days I've beeen having trouble with my internet connection....there is nothing that can raise your blood pressure like not being able to get on line or best still getting part way through doing something and losing a connection. Everything it would seem is back to normal, the dogs have come out of hiding and my brother feels safe to speak LOL.
The above paintings will be off to "Big Reekie" (Edinburgh) a week tomorrow for the Christmas Exhibition at the Torrance Gallery. The exhibition starts on the 27th November and runs until 30th December, it's a charming family run gallery and well worth a visit where Brian, Jo and Ian will be only to happy to make you welcome.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Walking in the clouds,mystical lakes and walking in Rabbie Burns footsteps

Drove up to Aberfeldy once again to deliver paintings this time for the forth coming Christmas Exhibition which starts on Saturday. Tossed a coin to see if I should attempt the Sma' Glen route at this time of you can see the Glen won and as always it didn't disappoint. I know I've said this before but I wish I could show you just how huge and breath taking this glen is.....I know this probably looks like fog creeping in but it was actually clouds you'll see it better on the photo looking down into Aberfeldy.

Last time I passed there were fishermen out on the lake but today it was quiet, just me and the lake. There was a definate chill and I could almost feel the fingers of the lady of the lake reaching out to take me in...certainly wouldn't have been surprised if Excalibar rose from the centre lol.

Occassionly you manage to take a photograph that's quite special....I think this one is.....this is moisture from the clouds resting on the grasses alongside the lake...faerie

Looking down into Aberfeldy as I came down the braes you get a better idea of how low the cloud is here.....don't you just love stane dykes :)

This is one of the falls at the Birks of Aberfeldy I didn't have time to walk up to the Falls of Moness but I'm told that it's breathtaking if what I saw was anything to go by then JRR Tolkien must have visited here because this is as near to Rivendell as you'll get, the woods are truly mystical and I swear you can hear then whispering :) ....oh and off course The Bard Rabbie Burns sat here and wrote the poem The Birks of Aberfeldy.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009


"Last Light"
Acrylic 6x6
"The Scraggy Tree"
Acrylic 6x6


Acrylic 6x6


"Dull and Overcast"
Acrylic 6x6

The invitations for the Aberfeldy Gallery's Christmas Exhibition will be popping through the doors of the gallery's client list today. I know cos I received mine today not that I'm a client, the four wee paintings above will be in the exhibition. The exhibition has an opening weekend on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November and runs until Saturday 3rd January. Looking at the images on the invitation it's going to be a lovely exhibition and if anyone reading my blog can manage they won't be disappointed. There will be a large selection of the works on show on the gallery's website from this Saturday 7th November....worth a look
I also received in the post my invitations from the Torrance Gallery to send out to clients I haven't decided quite yet what I'll be sending there but will let you know in due course. So this evening I'll be putting addresses on invites and writing a couple off notes to clients who bought some paintings. I truly appreciate my clients if it wasn't for them and the motivation they give me I wouldn't be able to continue with the best job in the world :)
Thanks for visiting you all encourage me to paint everyday.

Monday, 2 November 2009


"Sea The Stars"
Portrait of a Champion
Copyright 2009 Elizabeth Mccrindle
£130- unframed
£150- with custom frame
The ideal Christmas gift for horse racing enthusiast
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Managed to get it finished and photographed before we lost the light. It's the one thing I don't like about the winter months and when it's a wet day it's even worse, but after the shortest day on the 21st December it starts to get lighter.
I plan to do a larger portrait of Sea The Star in oils, you'll see it when it's done but probably be on the other side of Christmas as i have other fish too fry at the moment.
Thanks for visiting I hope you enjoy :)

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Have been so engrossed this morning on this wee study. Going in and out of the uglies at the moment but had to photograph the progress now as there won't be enough light later. Theres so much I see that needs to alter but thats the beauty of acrylics they dry so quickly. Some days I love my job :))