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!

Friday, 22 October 2010


After The Race
Acrylic 8x10 on canvas panel

Feeling a bit better today and managed to get this wee study finished at last. Quite pleased with the end result but feel as if I've been at it forever. Everything I touch at the moment seems to have that feel to it, stops and starts and takes forever. I really need to find a balance where I can make time for everything, when everything is moving smoothly I paint better and that can't be a bad
Our cold but clean frost we had has been replaced by lots of rain, I've been out three times today and have three jackets drying it any wonder I get so many headaches lol.
Next post I'll leave the Grinch outside and be my usual sunny self...have a great weekend whatever you do.
Footnote..... think it looks better posting a work in progress like this rather than drag it on through seperate posts....what you all think?

Wednesday, 20 October 2010


Winter snapped her teeth at us this morning with a very nippy -4 when I poked my nose out the door. The car windows had their first scrapping and the dogs didn't look too pleased huddled together in the back seat. But when all is said and done I'd much rather it was cold than wet and as the day progressed it was glorious sunshine. Sorry about the abscence of new paintings I've been plaqued the last few days with headaches which are leaving me with something akin to the snow storms you get on your tv when the aerial disconnects. Annoying more because I can't see properly to paint and they leave me pretty tired. Think it's time to take a wee rest and give it a chance to clear. Will be back ASAP :)

Monday, 18 October 2010


The Blues Boys Acrylic 6x8 £75-
Had a lovely morning at Ayr with my friend Jane always a bit of a laugh. No matter what we go for we always manage to get up to some As always on the way home we headed for our local Dobbies which is a garden centre but also carries lots of unusual gifts. Christmas has well and truly arrived there and there is nothing like an Aladdin's cave of gifts, cards and decorations to turn you into a big kid again. We didn't have much time for shopping which is just as well with what was on show but another visit is already arranged, though I hope the smell of cinnamon has died a little it was more than a little
Maroon and White Diamonds Acrylic 7.5 x 8 £80-
Did remind me though to let you all know that all the commission places for Christmas are filled, but if it's a painting you've set your on heart then theres plenty to choose from and they won't break the bank. I know I might be a tad biased but there is a nice selection to be had at my 100 Paintings For Under 100 GB Pounds blog. Equine, cattle and Rural Landscapes like the four published in this post are still available and more being included right through the holiday period all original. Just scroll, pick and click and I'll send it off....easy peasy and no

Glint on the Roofs Acrylic 6x8 £75-

Lady in Waiting Acrylic 6x8 £75-

Friday, 15 October 2010


Had hoped this would be finished but bad light has stopped play. Even with a daylight lamp in the studio it's so grey outside that it's altering as I'm painting. Also worth noting that the blues are not quite as punchy as this or perhaps it's just my screen...might be just perfect on yours. Another problem, well not really a problem I suppose but I'm not sure who this lovely horse is. I do know it was from the 27th May at Ayr but I'm not sure who he is...will have to try some detective work with the other images. Don't suppose it really matters but I like to put a name to the faces I paint :)).
Well not sure what I've planned for the weekend but whatever you are doing I hope it's a good one. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 13 October 2010


Have throughly enjoyed working on this study today. Would almost say it's been relaxing but not quite. Believe me when I say that I have loosened up a lot when I'm painting horses, but I still haven't found the freedom I can use when doing landscapes. I dare say that's because there's no room for error when it comes to anatomy. But I'll keep at it and hopefully with each painting will come a new confidence. Now it's time to do a spot of housework, see to Tara's needs and then some food shopping.
Till tomorrow.........

Tuesday, 12 October 2010


I'm going to be concentrating on equine work for the rest of the year and this is the first work in progress. For the first time in blah blah years I've been back at my local racetrack in Ayr. I have a mountain of ideas and images to work from which can be a little daunting....too much choice can be as bad as having none). This one is a simple head study (if you can ever call the beautiful structure of a horses head simple) just after his race. He had been washed down and was being cooled down by his lad, I'm hoping to capture the lovely tones between the wet and dried parts. It can sometimes take me quite a while to complete a piece so I'll have two or three on the go so I can switch back and forward between them.
Enjoy :))

Monday, 11 October 2010

SLEEPING HEART......not quite done, I think, maybe!


It hasn't got my signature on it yet though I should probably call it finished, I could footer around it for another hour and still not think it's finished, some pieces are just like that. Have worked on it all morning and I'm now going to leave it for a couple of days before I sign it. I will now be wearing my equine artist hat for the rest of the year, good news for those who love horses. For those who have been enjoying the landscapes don't despair they'll be coming up in my 100 paintings for under £100 a couple I'll be needing for the Torrance Gallery Christmas show.

Sunday, 10 October 2010


Some of you who follow my blog might remember this work in progress I started quite a wee bit ago. I was actually planning on an early night when it caught my eye, I had a sudden urge (as you do) to have an other go at it. The lighting in the studio at this time in the evening isn't the best for taking photos but thought I'd post it anyway. No doubt it's going to look a whole lot different in the light of day but I'll cross that bridge tomorrow :))


I've had one or two questions about what kind of frame I put on my paintings. So I thought I'd show you some of the frames I use. A frame can turn a painting you might be thinking is a little below your standard into something quite special, but it can also work the other way. My advice is to go to a professional framer if your not sure what you want or what will suit, they are the people with experiance to make your painting come alive. I get all my frames made up by a family run framers called Picture Choice they are based locally in Kilmarnock and I've been with them for something like sixteen years...they are that good! My preference is to keep it simple so I stick with gold or silver, or a combination of both can look particularly elegant. The images above are not the best as it's very difficult to avoid glare but you can see the frames ok and I always use a slip and glass but again that's just my preference. The cost of framing has risen considerably in the past few years but try to think of it as adding to the value of your investment.

Saturday, 9 October 2010


Young Bullock
Acrylic 6x8

"There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you......In, spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savour belonging to yourself" ~ Ruth Stout

Thursday, 7 October 2010


Sorry no art to show at the moment, I am sqirreling away at the easel but can't share what I'm doing...all hush, hush. Thought some photos would be better than nothing. The berries above are hawthorn berries, just thought I'd mention that as looking at them just now they look quite like rose hips.....actually if you can really stretch your imagination they remind me off toffee apples.......getting near Halloween so humour me :)

"It's her, I'm sure it is, that's her that paints the coos"

The ever gorgeous Tara caught in the morning sun.

Sparrow pretending to be a Meerkat lol

Monday, 4 October 2010


Acrylic 8x6
£75- sold
Available to purchase exclusively from my blog 100 Paintings under 100 GB Pounds.
At the rate I'm going at these are going to turn out to be daily paintings if they are to be finished by March 2011. I don't know where the time goes, I must be useless at organising my time. I did leave a note on my Facebook account today that I would be spending less time there so we shall see if that makes much of a difference. I do tend to get caught up in there looking at some of the beautiful art that's being created....time to spend less time looking at other's work and do my own. I am curtailing my visits on the computer to when I have something to publish on my Blog.
This red head is one the Highland coos I visit from time to time. Believe it or not this is the first time that I've painted a Highland Coo and me a Scot..tsk tsk!! ? I've enjoyed doing it but have to say they are harder to paint than you would think.
Well I'm off to put this up on Facebook now so I don't waste any valuable time.....ain't I good :)

Saturday, 2 October 2010


Turning Colour
Acrylic 6x6
Everywhere you turn now the surrounding countryside is changing, the cycle of the seasons is in swing. I have to admit, that although the days are starting to shorten and there's a sharp edge to the wind that wasn't there last month, this is my favourite time of year. Even if I weren't an artist or dabbed in taking photos my heart would still fair burst with the colour of it. This wee group of trees is in a field just outside Springside on the back road which takes you down Busbiehill and into my village. It used to be a bigger group as was the wee wood that runs alongside the road. Time is catching up and in the not to distance future they might be gone too. It's little spots like these I feel I have to paint when they are still there.... that and the fact I think it's just beautiful.
This one will join the others that are heading up to the Aberfeldy Gallery Christmas exhibition at the end of the month. So if you have a fancy for it you'll find details of the Gallery on the right hand sidebar of my Virtual Gallery blog.
Things still feel a bit odd without the wee man as is only right it should be. But having lost a fair share of four legged friends I know it starts to sting a little less as the days pass. This was the time of year when he was so paintable, his coat thickened took on a deeper red or was it his mane and tail got lighter. I have a bundle of images that could be turned into paintings but not right now.......maybe one day.
Have a great weekend and thanks for looking.......

Friday, 1 October 2010


"A Flick of Red" and "As Far As" are the two paintings I've entered to the two day charity art exhibition at Pollock Burgh Hall in Glasgow. After dropping the paintings in I took a lovely walk through Maxwell Park, which was just what the doctor ordered in it's tranquil settings. I had a pleasing time watching the antics of the speed junkie ducks which were scooting backwards and forwards.....that is until a newbie arrived who might just have a bag of bread for them. This years cygnets are almost fully grown but still with their baby grey feathers and lacking the sleek lines of their parents. The park itself is just taking on the feel of autumn with the trees starting to was just what I

Maxwell Park

A hint of Autumn

Pretty wee duck


Last of the poppies