Friday, 31 December 2010


The last day, in fact the last minutes of 2010. Holidays are really confusing I got to that stage this morning that I wasn't sure what day it actually was, for some reason it was Tuesday in my mind. Then off course not only my mind was mush the weather was too.....foggy, I could hardly see in front of me going to the yard this morning. Hasn't cleared much all day and feels a bit like the year is fading away.
My intention was to have another small painting too finish the year with....not snow you'll be pleased to hear but it just didn't happen. Oh I tried, but it just wasn't right. So, I picked up a pencil and one of the many pristine sketch books that I seem to collect and sketched for the first time in yonks. A quiet hour or so just me, the pencil and the paper a good way to end the year.....with the beginning of an idea.

A Happy and Prosperous 2011 to you all.....Elizabeth

Thursday, 30 December 2010


Snow Dunes, Troon
Acrylic 8x6 on board

Managed it finished before knocking off time :)


Sorry to keep reminding you all about the snow we had but sometimes somethings just have to be painted. I'm sure someone with a better memory than me will be able to inform me that Troon Beach has been covered with snow before, and that the shoreline had actually frozen but I don't ever remember it happening. So I just had to capture the moment. After all "painting is just another way of keeping a diary". Still a ways to go yet with the foreground but I'm stopping now for the paint to dry and me to gather my thoughts about it. Sometimes you can get so lost in what your doing. When I looked out the studio window it was a bit of a surprise to find there was no

Tuesday, 28 December 2010


The Big Freeze
Acrylic 6x7 On Board

Taking advantage of the holiday period to have some down time, though it can be hard at times to break the normal habit. This little snow scene was the result of withdrawl symptoms. The big freeze we've been having has for some of us started to disappear. The last couple of days have been just above zero at 3C and the snow has all but gone albeit with the help of some rain. Have to say everything looks a bit dismal at the moment and it seems so much darker. The water is lying on the fields so the ground must still be frozen and a little sunshine might help with a thaw. Racing at Ayr for the New Year meeting is a maybe and I think the ground will have to soften a lot more.

Well a little lunch is in order followed by a visit to the yard to tidy things up then it's back to re-runs of Coloumbo, Poirot, Miss Marple e.t.c. Hope y'all had a lovely Christmas and are looking forward to a brand new year.


Friday, 24 December 2010


Snow Dunes, Troon Beach
copyright Elizabeth McCrindle
"It's Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air" ~ W T Ellis

Wednesday, 22 December 2010


by James Orr

I received this Christmas card the other day from an artist friend Jimmy Orr and each time I look at it a smile starts from with in. Everything about it is just so right, not just colour and compostition but it tells a story, one that you wish you could enter the painting and take part in. I can almost hear the excited chatter of the two friends off across the field with their sledge.

We're almost at the end of the year, a time to re-group ready to start afresh. Last year I wrote a whole screed about what I would be doing and haven't accomplished half of it. So, this year it's not going to be about saying but about doing. First thing I will be doing is going back to having just one blog....this one! You'll find all my news on here as always, though perhaps not on a daily basis, I need to spend more time at the easel and less on the computer.

A new year is an exciting new start, the beginning of the next part in the journey. Thanks for the past year and all the lovely comments you have no idea how encouraging they are. Sometimes it can feel like it's just me and the easel and then I come here and find that someone's been looking over my shoulder. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and the Happiest New Year.


Sunday, 19 December 2010


Some Heat in the Sky
Acrylic 6x8
(Off to the frozen North of Scotland)

I know there are plenty people all over the UK at the moment cursing this winter spell we've been having but it does make for some beautiful paintings. I love the muted colours and although you might think there isn't much colour around it's there if only you take the time to look. There have been some beautiful sky's at sunrise and sunset. This was just before sunset a last moment of heat in the sky before the temperature started dropping into minus.

Wrap up and stay warm wherever you are today and thanks for looking in.


Monday, 13 December 2010

"PETER" (Charolais Bull) ACRYLIC 6X8

"Peter" study of a Charolais Bull
Acrylic 6x8

Spent today on the finishing touches to Peter the bull and if I say so myself he's looking pretty handsome. This is the first of the paintings I'm planning of the Charolais family that I'm very lucky to have almost at my doorstep. Peter as I call him gave me cause for concern (even though they don't belong to me) at the beginning of the year when it was obvious that he was ill with what looked like a tumor on his right hip. He was desperately thin and for a while he remained in a small paddock next to the farm by himself. He was put in with the ladies and their calves around July still looking very poorly but as the weeks went by there was a gradual change in him as his body began to fill out and the lump receded. Spending time watching the herd it's obvious that he is very caring and protective of his family group even the calves that I'm sure aren't his, I've often caught him licking and nudging them playfully. If he were human he'd be a right nice bloke :)


Tuesday, 7 December 2010


A bit to go yet
I have to admit to being a little grumpy this morning when I woke. A quick look outside told me that nothing had changed from the day before and that I would be on foot to Busbiehill. Don't get me wrong I love walking but it's time consuming and I was hoping to spend time today at the easel. It was also bitter cold but fortunately I had not long bought myself a new pair of walking boots and they performed very well gripping the icy I could march on without fear of landing on me bum lol. It really didn't take long for my demeanour to change. There is something about the magic of snow that touches your soul and instead of freezing it heats your heart till you just can't help but smile. Time literary stood still as I drunk in the views before me and although I missed out today at the easel ideas have been formed deep in my mind. I had my camera with me and thought I'd share with you all some of what I saw.

Who would have thought a metal gate could be transformed to something so pretty.

Arrived at the top of Busbiehill where an eager to get out Tara was waiting for me.

This my favourite natures own droplet earrings.

Monday, 6 December 2010


Getting there slowly but surely with the Charolais, hoping to have him finished tomorrow. I'm really enjoying trying to capture the texture of his coat. He's quite a furry bear and his face especially has curly hair. I'm going to do more studies of him and much larger than this one, this one is bit fiddly (if thats a word).
I had intended having him finished this afternoon but had a bit of drama when winter hit us once again with heavy snow falling from around 11 o'clock in the morning until about half two in the afternoon. I managed up to feed Tara at lunchtime with no problems but it was a different story in the evening. Expecting trouble I set off early so that it was still light. Driving at a crawl on untreated roads everything was fine till Busbiehill, was almost at the top (typically) when my tyres lost grip. Was nothing for it but to reverse back down the hill, car had other ideas as the back end slid round, and I was stuck firmly in the middle of the road on the middle of the hill. Got out and walked to the yard for a shovel and grit. Got a shovel no problem but no grit as the Council hadn't left any, was nothing for it but to raid Andra's refuge bin. Andra has a coal fire and every morning he put his ashes into a plastic bag and drops it in the bin. So it was Andra's and not Angelas Ashes that saved me the embarrassment of having to get towed off the hill........tomorrow I'll walk :)

Saturday, 4 December 2010


Gold in the Snow
Acrylic 6x8

Much happier now that I've gone back and done a bit of tweaking with this painting. I added some more golden stubble in the snow on the foreground. I also deepend the glow on the horizon and thinned the distant hawthorn. Sweet dreams for me now :)



This is one of those paintings that your not really sure about. You look at it but your aren't really sure if you like it or if your just desperate for it to be done. So I'm going to sit on the fence with it for the time being.....guess that means it ain't done yet. Looking at it on here I'm tempted to put more of the golden stalks in, guess it won't hurt to try can always take them back out.

Friday, 3 December 2010


Been a busy week with one thing after another but finally today I managed to get back to Peter. Looking at it tonight he looks as if he has a mean streak so you'll have to believe when I say he doesn't. As bulls go he's a bit of a softie though that doesn't mean to say I'd cuddle up next to him :) Probably once I soften some of the hard lines on his face he'll look cuddlier!

Tuesday, 30 November 2010


Title should have read hardly any progress on Charolais powers of concentration seemed to desert me today. I had intended on carrying on this evening but succumbed to another headache. Most likely caused by the sharp wind and freezing temperatures when I was tucking Tara in for the night, you would think I'd be used to it by Was going to leave posting until I had more done tomorrow but then you would have thought I hadn't painted at all today :)

Monday, 29 November 2010


Managed to rough in this little study of Peter, one of farmer C's Charolais bulls. That of course is the name I call him by have no idea what his real name is if any....though he'll have a pedigree name the length of my arm. Took some time off this morning to go into town and have coffee and a natter with my friends, it's good now and again to withdraw from the routine. Quite pleased with the start of this and hopefully it will continue along those lines.
Photo below was taken Saturday morning thought the hawthorn berries really lifted the scene and might try it as a painting. As you can see winter has most definately arrived :)

Sunday, 28 November 2010


Starting or trying to get myself in the Christmas spirit by writing my Christmas cards.......sending this electronically to all of you. Thanks for a year (almost) of lovely comments and encouragement. I hope you will continue to follow my Blog in 2011 and share in my artistic journey.......MERRY CHRISTMAS AND THE HAPPIEST OF NEW YEARS

Friday, 26 November 2010


Muddy Tracks
Acrylic 6x8
Managed this wee one finished today, I'll always fascinated by the patterns that are left on the fields after harvesting. These tracks were a little muddier than I've portrayed cos I felt the original was just a bit over powering.

Tonto (Silver By Nature) on his summer break.

Tomorrow is going to be a bit exciting and nerve wracking all at the same time Tonto aka Silver By Nature is running in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury would have been better if he had the heavy ground he loves but he'll give a good account of himself in the good to soft. I'll be like a hen on a hot plate until the race is run. I'm hoping you'll all keep everything crossed for Geoff, Joyce and Lucinda and the team....silver for gold :))

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Untitled work in progress......

Some of you might vaguely remember something similar to this a little while back....well I thought I might have another go as the other ended up being gessoed over. So far this is safe and the blood pressure is
Dashing off to see to Tara as we've had a severe weather warning and I want her tucked in before it kicks off.....she doesn't do wind :)


We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures ~ Thornton Wilder

Wednesday, 24 November 2010


Winter's Chill
Acrylic 6x8
Winter's Chill has arrived today just to give us a hint that Christmas is around the corner. I had actually came to that conclusion without it's help this morning when I ticked off the calendar. Tomorrow will be a month till Christmas, really scary, not the fact that it's Christmas more like where in heavens has the year gone.
There is a subtle pink in the sky on the horizon of this wee snow scene which is lost in the publishing and it goes to make the painting feel a little warmer. But even looking at it now I want to pull my gloves on and wrap my scarf tighter to keep out the chill.

Monday, 22 November 2010


I'm up at the crack off dawn every morning but this morning I had to be on my toes as I was taking paintings to Edinburgh for the Torrance Gallery show. And what a morning nature had in store. I've always been an early bird and is it any wonder when you get to see sights like this which was ten times better than this photo.

Couldn't believe it when this wee robin parked himself in front of me almost at my foot. They move so fast and it's nigh on impossible to get a decent shot but this one is a poser. When I see these wee guys in my garden or out and about I know for sure Christmas is just around the corner.
The trip to the Scottish capital was blighted somewhat with heavy and persistant rain not much fun for driving in....but needs must. There was plenty of Christmas cheer in the shop windows though and they had already started hanging the exhibition at the Torrance it's going to be wall to wall paintings, and a feast of colour.
I started drawing out a study of Peter the Charolais but it's been erased wasn't bulky enough and I was a bit tired, hopefully will get it started tomorrow.
Thought for today..........
Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats ~ Voltaire

Sunday, 21 November 2010


A Flick of Red
Acrylic 16x16
The Path
Acrylic 16x16
"The Path" and "A Flick of Red" are off tomorrow to Edinburgh to take part in the Torrance Gallery's Christmas Exhibition. The exhibition previews on the 26th November and concludes on the 15th January 2011. Anyone in Edinburgh on the 26th drop in and you'll be made very welcome with delicious shortbread and a glass of wine being offered to keep out the winter chill :)
Had another painting due to make up a trio but it's still on the easel after an error of judgement on my part pushed it back into the uglies....if I can rectify it I'll add it to this post later!

Saturday, 20 November 2010


Don't know whats happening but I haven't been receiving notification of new posts and I'm wondering if everyone else who is subscribing to my Blog has been receiving them ?????

Friday, 19 November 2010


Resting after the Hunt
John Emms
Another of my favourites from the scrapbook. John Emms was a British Sporting Artist who had the added talent of being able to put character into the faces of the animals he painted, just look at that cheeky terrier.
Been busy preparing and working on commissions and will be for the forseeable future. As usual I'm at the coo's tail and playing catch up. I find it quite difficult working on several paintings at the one time but it is a good lesson on patience. Today though I primed quite a few small boards with the plan that I'll work on them intemitently with the larger paintings....that's the theory anyway :)

Monday, 15 November 2010


This was the sky this morning when I took the dogs for their walk at 7.30am it looked as if it was on fire. If it was then the heat hadn't reached me, my fingers were numb. Loved the frost on these seed heads, the birds would have to wait a wee bit for them to thaw before they got their breakfast.


The Path
Acrylic 16x16
I take this path almost everyday in the morning with the dogs and see it in all weathers and seasons. This day was back in September when there was just a hint of change in the trees and the morning sun was pretty intense giving anything in the distance an etheral look. This is where I contemplate what's going on in my life or plan the day's work. You could say that there have been times when I've decided what path to take on walks along here.
"The Path" will be heading to Edinburgh next Monday to take part in the Torrance Gallery's Christmas Exhibition where the hint of what is around that bend might attract it to someone.

Saturday, 13 November 2010


Woke up this morning with every intention of finishing off the painting on my easel and then the little devil that sits on my left shoulder whispered seductively......put your feet up. The angel on my right shoulder was sleeping soundly so I jumped at the chance. Took the dogs for their morning walk just as it was getting light all wrapped up against the cold but the wind still managed to nip my nose and cheeks...not that I minded clears your head. Attended to Tara's needs then had a leisurely breakfast while reading this months Woman & Home. That was about as strenuous as it got, spent the afternoon watching the racing from Cheltenham and Wetherby very entertaining. This evening has been as relaxing watching more TV. Tomorrow it's back to the norm....with a fresh outlook, does good sometimes to down tools!

The holly by the way is from Andra's garden, every year round about now he starts making christmas garlands from the produce of his garden. It's time consuming as he picks and makes them all himself....well with a little help from his family these past couple of years. He turned 92 last week and finally admits too slowing!

Friday, 12 November 2010

Thursday, 11 November 2010

"In the going down of the sun and in the morning we will Remember them"

Tuesday, 9 November 2010


Acrylic 16x16
Have had a most enjoyable afternoon starting this painting....I say starting but this is actually a second attempt. Yesterday after a dismal week I put this board on the easel and got started, it was an awful attempt and at the end of my efforts got wiped off. Deep breath and another start today....a little more promising though still early days, don't want to be over cocky. It's amazing how one or two lame attempts can rock your confidence and you start to doubt you'll ever produce another decent piece of art. All being well this one and and a couple others will be heading to Edinburgh at the end of the month.

Friday, 5 November 2010


Well despite the wet weather we've been having, Guy Fawkes night was still held in style. Normally we have problems with Joshua as he's terrified of the noise from the fireworks but with old age comes deafness and this year he slept all through it. The loud banging fireworks have been replaced by screaming ones....quite eery I must say, they really do sound the like someone screaming. I enjoy watching the organised one which takes place at the Dean Park in Kilmarnock being about three miles away we get the benefit of the view without the noise :)
I've been a little short on posts these last couple of weeks for various reasons. Was off to Aberfeldy to deliver my paintings early for the Christmas Exhibition as a client was coming early to look at a couple of my paintings. The exhibiton opens tomorrow with a lovely selection of work, some of which can be seen online at .
Sunday past I finally got down to Rozelle to see the Save The Children Exhibition...on the very last day of the show. Another lovely exhibition where 173 paintings had been sold from just over 400 entries at a value of £41,621 not bad in the economic climate.
Some personal issues and a touch of painters block has left me a bit drained and frustrated as I have a number of commisions on the burner (including one very big one which I can't hide from as it takes up a huge part of my studio and stares accusingly at me). I know this will pass but for now I'll take things at a slower pace for a little while, you may have noticed I've altered the goal posts for the 100 paintings for under £100. They now don't have a finish date and will be finished...when they're finished. The good news for that is you'll have longer to decide which one you want :)
Thanks for looking in and have a lovely weekend :)

Wednesday, 3 November 2010


Acrylic 6x8
Not sure that this one is finished so I'm going to set it aside for a bit and come back to it. The colours have been quite stunning but the last few days we've been battered with high winds and rain. There's not many leaves left on the trees so it was just as well I had my digital sketch book with me to capture it!

Sunday, 24 October 2010


First Frost
Acrylic 6x8
After the nippy weather we had this week I was inspired to paint this wee landscape. I loved the little dots of colour picked up from the hawthorn berries and the autumn leaves. The few stubborn leaves that are hanging on won't last for much longer in this cold spell.
The two photos were taken this morning on my walk. I had hoped to get the swans but they are still to far away but making plenty of noise. Maybe this is their yearly get together and they're chattering about what's been happening over the summer lol.
Thanks as always for taking the time to look and all your comments are much appreciated :)
Hot Frost

Not much of a sting will be left on this nettle!