Monday, 29 March 2010


As promised I took my camera with me today to Aberfeldy but I'm afraid the weather was a bit dreicht. But that said I enjoyed the drive and freedom from the confinement of the studio for a day.
As I've said before I wish I could convey the closing in power of the Sma' Glen, you'll just all have to visit for yourself :). This photo does go a little in showing scale. Later in the year we're planning a visit to the Great Glens and Loch Ness, now that will be something and I'll be reminded then just what a small cog I

Just look at how clear that Spring water is and freezing cold.....

This was a surprise when I was walking the dogs at Dunkeld, there were quite a few of these deer in th parkland near the Cathedral but I haven't a clue what kind of deer they were. Too big to be Roe Deer and too small to be Red Deer.....answers on a postcard please lol!!
Copyright Elizabeth McCrindle

Sunday, 28 March 2010




Today is officially the first day of British Summertime and in typical fashion its dull, baltic and gale force, but at least it'll be longer light....unless it rains lol. It also meant the clocks had sprung forward an hour meaning an hour less in bed. You wouldn't think that would make such a difference but by lunch time I was almost at a stop. I hate too say this but I almost had a the But, I'm delivering paintings to Aberfeldy tomorrow and they had to be wrapped so as I can get an early start on my journey. One of the paintings I'm taking is larger than the norm 24 x 24 with a heavy frame, it was an effort to lug it upstairs to wrap it in bubble wrap. Then something changed, as I laid it on the bubble wrap I thought about the large canvas I'll be starting next month (58 x 32)and how this one including frame would probably be the depth of the canvas...was an inch out the one I'll be working on will be 32 inch deep this was 31. I finished wrapping then started to think maybe I should do one half scale so I proceeded to cut a board 29 x 16, then I started cutting the left over board in to 8 x 6 pieces. As I was doing that ideas were going through my head about what I was going to paint on them. You know what I'm not the least bit tired now and will start priming the boards after dinner.
Hope your day is working for you.

Saturday, 27 March 2010


Maroon and White Diamonds
8 x 7.5
copyright Elizabeth McCrindle
Well I think I've tweeked this one enough so I'm calling in finished. Have to say I've really enjoyed doing this one and have certainly been encouraged by it to do more of this type of thing, though I think I'll try it in a larger scale next time. I've also decided to include it in my 100 paintings, to get my 100 painting's completed in a year I need to create about eight a month and that is on top of my other work for Galleries and commissions....guess I better get a wriggle
Talking about Galleries the Spring Exhibtion at the Torrance opened today so fingers crossed the Spring weather will bring people in for a look. I'll also be taking work to Aberfeldy on Monday, will be lovely to see everyone again and hopefully will get some photos of the landscape.
Well British Summertime starts tomorrow and I'm off to put the clock's forward an hour, which off course means I lose an hour's sleep. Nevermind it will mean longer daylight.
Thanks as always for visiting.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Bit more managed this afternoon but still more work to do on it


This work in progress has been getting passed over for other stuff for too long so put him back on the easel this morning. Was a bit of a shaky start because of the time between and there's a ways still to go but I quite like this one and hopefully I'll get a chance to crack on with it later on today. Can't seem to get the colour just right.....background has a warmer wash on it than my screen is picking up looks a bit pasty on my screen.
Had actually planned on going to Ayr Races this afternoon but the weather has been rather wet today but at least I can bring a little of it to the studio.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010


Acrylic 8x7
copyright Elizabeth McCrindle

This wee painting bugged me yesterday and nearly made it to the wipeout, then last night I was sitting watching TV when the urge to have another crack at it came to me. An hour later tired but with a smile on my face I felt able to say it was a painting. Not sure that Dougal will approve of the title but was the only thing that crossed my mind....I'll no tell him if you don't!
Time to get back to the be sure to check back. Thanks as always for looking.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010


Totally lack lustre performance this afternoon my head just couldn't get into this one. Normally the mini mammoth is a good subject for me but not today....ho hum just wasn't cooking. Off to get the weekly shopping maybe find something tasty to perk me up. Always tomorrow :)

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Not as grand I know but these sycamore seeds remind me a little of a Tiffany lamp!

Friday, 19 March 2010


Bluebell Wood
Acrylic 16x16
£500- SOLD

Didn't think I'd manage to have anything to show today but it can be surprising how something's just want to be painted. With Spring just around the corner I thought I'd do a revisit one of my favourite group of trees, a lovely little copse of silver birch trees which when Spring comes proper is awash with bluebells or they could possibly be wild hyacinths. I've just bought and set up a daylight lamp in my studio and this is the first painting with it. It certainly brightens things up just goes to show who much of cave I've been painting in. Not sure if it's finished yet will leave it and come back to it.
Well I'm off to enjoy my weekend and I'll see you next week.

Post note...Slept on it and decided it's finished:)


From the Archives....TEAM WORK ACRYLIC

Team Work
Not sure I'll be able to post what I'm doing later, so, instead of nothing I got this one from the archive's. It was done quite a while ago so can't remember the size though do know it's acrylic. There is something wonderful about watching a team off horses working the land. Oh I know machinery can harvest a field in the blink of an eye these days but the steady plod of the heavy horses, their heads nodding in time and the jingle jangle from the bells on the strapping kind of makes time stand still for a bit. This pair are a bit grander looking than your everyday farmhorse as they were in a ploughing competition.
Have a great weekend where ever you are.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010


Nice 'n' Cosy
Acrylic 6x6
copyright Elizabeth McCrindle

Not only have I managed to the Virtual pARTy after a few misses but I also managed to complete this wee study in the middle of the thrills and spills of the racing from the Cheltenham Festival. For those who don't know what a Virtual pARTy is have a look at the blog , organised by Linda and Kim a photo is produced about every month and we all get to do our rendition of it. We have Linda Shantz to thank for this month's image a lovely young Warmblood by the name of Bellator all snug in his winter coat. Any artist's looking in who fancies a shot at this month's subject just click on the Blog for the details how to join the pARTy.

****POST NOTE**** I decided to remove Nice 'n' Easy from my 100 paintinngs blog as I wasn't sure that although he is tecnically original he's in the spirit of that blog. Still available though so enquiries should come to me.
Thanks as always for looking.

Monday, 15 March 2010


Harvest Tracks
Acrylic 6x6
£65- sold
Enquiries to me or click here for purchase details.
This is No. 1 of the 100 paintings I'll be completing for under 100 GB pounds. Is a bit dull out today so thought I'd go through my references for something with a bit more colour. This one I'm sure fit's the bill lovely harvest colours stretching out through the Ayrshire countryside. I love the tracks that the tractors leave when bringing in the harvest.
Thanks as always for looking in.

Sunday, 14 March 2010


"Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn"

Saturday, 13 March 2010


Soft Sky, White Sand
Acrylic 12x12
Obviously I need to do more cleaning and tiding cos I found this wee gem in amongst some boards that were against the wall in the studio. If I'm being honest I don't remember starting it so must have been there for a wee while. I also have to say that the cleaning has once again stopped because something about it 'spoke' to me. It said bugger cleaning and finish me....who am I to ignore a painting when it speaks lol. This is the North beach looking back at Ardrossan and I'm not sure if there is still as much greenery there but I like the way it leads you into the painting so let's call it artistic license.
It might just find itself winging it's way to Aberfeldy at the end of the month for the Spring exhibition but if there are any takers enquiries should come to me.
There is whispering coming from boards in the corner, sounds like an unfinished jockey lol...guess cleaning's been cancelled.

Friday, 12 March 2010


Green Fields and Blue Hills
Acrylic 8x8

Those who follow my Blog regularly might remember me mentioning at the beginning of the week that I was mulling over an idea. I enjoy following one or two artists blogs who have got Daily Paintings down to a fine art (no pun intended) and others who take a month out to create a painting a day. I wanted to do something similar along those things though not a daily painting, the stress I can’t cope with. I was thinking of something to also encourage you to start collecting ORIGINAL paintings. So over the next year I’m going to create 100 paintings which will be available ONLY from my Blog all priced at under £100. Mostly they’ll consist of 6x6’s but occasionally a larger piece will appear, they will all be individually priced but ALL will be under £100-. And just in case you were wondering NO they won’t be substandard pieces, same principal applies to them as everything else I create...if it ain’t good enough to pass the high standards I have for my work it won’t leave the studio. I’ll create a separate blog for them which I’m naming 100 Paintings Under £100 (no surprises there) so that they will be easy to follow but they’ll also appear on this Blog.
Well I’m off for a wee cuppa tea, thanks for looking in and I hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, 11 March 2010


"Heavy Skies Over Marshland"
Acrylic 8x8
One from the archives, it's a pocket of land outside of Glasgow which is flooded throughout the year and now is home to various types of water birds. I was drawn by the movement in both the grasses and the sky. It seemed to me as if they all swirled and swayed up into one.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010


Acrylic 8x8
Spent this evening finishing off Weevil's portrait and have to say I'm well pleased with it. Hope my client's Mum will be just as pleased. Love the pink snip on his nose. Not sure whether this photo might be a little blurred our it's my eyesight I seem to have a problem with my focus....think an appointment to get my eyes tested is long overdue...not much off an artist if I can't see!!

Any enquiries about a commission should come to me.


More progress.....:) will be finished tomorrow!

Tuesday, 9 March 2010


A little further along with this commission and I'm pleased with how it's progressing, the beauty of it being in acrylics is how quick it dries so I can quickly build up layers of colour. I'm now off for a spot of lunch and up to let the horses out then I'll get straight back to be sure to look back this evening and see how far I've got!

Monday, 8 March 2010


This is a fit in commision for a special birthday that is coming around this weekend. He's a much loved family horse who sadly died a couple of years ago, so I'm having to work from the clients photos. He isn't a surprise for the birthday girl so I'm able to share it's progress with you.
Would seem that Spring has officially sprung and I had a lovely weekend so much so that I've decided I'll be having more painting free weekends. It was nice to spend time away from the studio catching up with stuff that tends to get put back for another day that never arrives. Not that I didn't think about painting in fact I've come up with an idea that I'm still mulling over and will tell you about in another post.
Well I'm off up to the yard to bring in the horses.......that sounds like music to my ears, it's so good to have them out enjoying themselves for at least a small part of the day :)
Thanks as always for visiting :)

Saturday, 6 March 2010


Love this shot of a Robin I was lucky to get this morning there were two off them fighting over territory.......think this is the stare out lol

A nice herd of black face sheep, sadly no lambs!

Pom Pom's ???

The peak's of Arran still heavy with snow.


Tara and the Mini Mammoth enjoyed there first outing of the year Spring has arrived!

Bouncing Lamb

Oh Mum this is brilliant!

Lot's of huffing and puffing.....

Stuff that nonsense says the mini mammoth I'm touching up my tan.....:))
Yippee from me!

Thursday, 4 March 2010


Rough Grass on the Edge

Acrylic 20x20


I thought that since yesterdays painting made everyone smile with the thought of Spring, then today's should keep a smile on everyone's face with the promise of Summer. Just throw a rug down in the grass and listen too the world pass by...oh and don't forget to smell the flowers :)

Wednesday, 3 March 2010


Don't know why I didn't think of doing this before, instead of bombarding you with photos I went back though my images of earlier work i.e. pre blog days. This one is one of my favourites and quite appropriate as Spring is just around the is honest after all Monday was the first of March, first day of Spring.
Hope you enjoy and hope you have a Spring in your step today whereever you are.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010


I know another boring photo when you were hoping too see some too. Sometimes things just happen and even with the best will in the world you've just got to put your hand in the air and give in. The last few days have been just those kind of days when I haven't been able to put the time into my work for one reason or another. I refuse to be stressed about it but maybe a little frustrated, I know it will even out and get back on track. I got some new boards yesterday about 3ft by 2ft which although some will be cut up for small work I'm going to be doing one or two larger pieces to get me back into working big. I have a major work that I'll be starting as soon as the weather picks up involving a canvas 58"x32" I'm really excited about it as it will involve horses in a landscape. But there will be a few before that starts so hopefully you can bare with me for a couple more days.
Thanks as always for looking in and for the input and encouragement y'all give me....have a great day.