Tuesday, 30 November 2010


Title should have read hardly any progress on Charolais Bull...my 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 now...smile. 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 normal...smile.
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 down......smile!

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 http://www.aberfeldygallery.co.uk .
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!