Sunday, 30 May 2010


It's slowly slowly at the moment, putting in, taking out and occassionally shaking all about. I have been told that listening to me painting is like listening to a tennis match. I hadn't a clue where we were going with that until I was enlightened that I make little grunting noises like tennis players when they thump a ball. I am totally unaware of doing it and don't believe it for a minute...did any of you hear so!!

Saturday, 29 May 2010


About an hours work on the painting today, still quite happy with how its coming along. Guess I really have to start putting the guy in. This year I am coming out of my comfort zone and introducing people into my paintings. This one is hiding most of his face with his baseball hat and his body with a loose jacket.....thought I'd start gradually :)

Friday, 28 May 2010


This is from references I took way back in February of the Donald McCain trained Edge of Town in the parade ring just before he won a Novice Hurdle at Ayr. The other week I announced to anyone who listens to me that I wouldn't be doing anymore works in progress. The curse of the wip had claimed it's last victim. I meant it at the time I said it but then the more I thought about it the more I knew I was wrong. One of the reasons I started a blog was to keep track of my journey as an artist and the other to let the world see what I do. To make that journey means sharing the good, the bad and the downright frustrations that I as a professional artist suffer on a daily basis. So from now on works in progress are back on the menu....but if you never see this again don't ask lol.

Thursday, 27 May 2010


Just a selection of the photos I took today at Ayr wasn't as good as it could have been but I won't grumble as I managed to get quite a lot of photos taken in between the very heavy and cold showers. To be fair the sun shone on and off as well. Next meeting is the Saints and I wonder which I'll be....grin.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010


Field After Field
Acrylic 8x6
Today never turned out as I expected. Tara was a bit sore this morning and hanging about waiting for the vet to get back to me meant I couldn't get to the races. Never mind she is a lot happier this evening, makes me wonder if she was pulling a sicky to keep me from more Thoroughbreds. It's a two day meeting so if nothing untoward happens I'll be there.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

I LOVE MY JOB........

Had a wonderful day yesterday in the stunning Perthshire countryside, beautiful weather and views that streached as far as the eye could see. I was there to take photos of horses that I'll be painting in the coming weeks. A group of homebred thoroughbreds on a 58"x32" canvas add to that pasture land framed with mature woods and beautiful views over Perthshire it just doesn't get better than It's days like that make me glad to be an artist.
Mind you last week I wasn't so sure my mo jo had certainly deserted me and nothing I touched survived I can't remember ever having so many wipe offs and the big canvas propped against the wall was starting to look scary. But yesterday I remembered why I paint and why I love horses.

First I met Sammy (Angie thinks that's what he's going to be called) and my heart melted. He is the sweetest wee guy with his gorgeous deep eyes. Losing his Mum a couple of weeks ago he hasn't had the best of starts but his foster Mum Rosie is being a good substitute and he's a happy friendly wee guy.

So tiring being photographed

The beautiful Gayle as you can see even in this photo is due any day now. Gayle is Mum to Silver By Nature and Hurricane Jack whose paintings you'll find further back on this Blog. It was a strange feeling taking photos of her cos I had done the same with her mother Dalkey Sound almost on the same spot some eighteen years ago ( I started young lol). She was sharing the paddock with her son Oscar (forgot to put an image up of him) a very handsome bay. He is retired from racing but has been doing a spot of dressage, eventing and even show jumping.....who says you can't train an old dog or in the case horse new tricks.

Other members of the family some enjoying their summer holidays and others still growing. In this photo they had been interested in something that was going on but then their attention turned to me. I quickly found myself engulfed by this friendly bunch, was really a special moment for me feeling their breathe on my hair and soft muzzles nudging me. Darcy(first bay on the right) took quite a shine to my camera bag

Sammy's yearling brother.....same soft eyes

Sorry can'r remember her name but isn't she gorgeous

Do It For Dalkey or Ranger to his friends on his summer break from racing, generously offering me a mouthful of grass big sop :)

I love this Silver Patriach filly who was pretty bold not to mention bossy with the men folk lol. I'll be going back up to take more photos once Gayle has had her foal and I honestly can't wait.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010


St Mary's Loch, Selkirk
Acrylic 7x6
copyright Elizabeth McCrindle
Truly amazing I got this little landscape done today, I've been up and down like a yo yo everytime I hear a noise in case it's the carrier with my canvas....still not here. That said I'm quite pleased with the painting. Guess I should refrain from concentrating on my artwork in the
Thanks for looking in.

Saturday, 15 May 2010


I have faffed about long enough with this one and it's really going nowhere. Actually think my drawing was off right from the start as his back seems a little too long.But that's only one of the problems colours out too. Flow's lost and once that has gone you can forget it. No worries just a blimp :)


Mr Walter Jeffords Blue Prince II
Sir Alfred Munnings

Friday, 14 May 2010


Today started on a high with the knowledge that I had become the proud owner of a Susan Leyland sketch. Susan is a wonderful sculptor, born in Scotland (off course :-D) but now residing in Italy. She has a lovely blog where she is posting some of the wonderful sketches she makes which eventually become stunningly beautiful pieces of sculpture. Check it out here mine is No.18 :)). Then I got word that the canvas I was having made up in London was ready and will be dispatched Monday and arrive here on Tuesday....58x32 going to look big, white and scary in my studio space!!!
Got rid off a few chores I had to do and sat down at last in front of the easel in the afternoon. The above is what I've managed and at the moment it could go either way but I think I can get somewhere with it. Needs more shaping and a lot more va va voom!!
The lows, phoned my client to let him know the canvas would be arriving Tues to be told that one of his lovely mares Speedy had died on Monday due to complications with colic. If that wasn't bad enough she had an eight week old colt at foot. They've been trying to find a foster Mum all this week. First one wouldn't tolerate him but he now seems to have bonded with a BIG MAMMA in the shape of a Clydesdale mare. Can't wait to meet this odd couple he's a Thoroughbred but feel so sorry for all concerned, Speedy was 14 years old and had spent all her life there having been homebred at the farm, a truly sad loss.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010


Wild Irises
Acrylic 8x6
(Off to a lovely new home in Italy)
copyright Elizabeth McCrindle
Wish I could say that it feels like Spring here but its not, it's absolutely freezing. That said we are still getting a bit of sunshine it's just the minus 3 wind makes it a little uncomfortable to be out in. This little landscape is from my morning walk with the dogs, as it used to be a railtrack you often get sheltered areas protected by embankments. This is one of them, I liked the flashes off blue you get when you look upwards and the wild irises that grow in and above the little ditch that runs along the path help to pick some of that colour up. I used a little artistic licsense with the irises as there is only a few of them, all in all I'm pleased with end result.

Monday, 10 May 2010


Oils on Board 8x10
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This was a delight to do from start to finish I particularly like the bright inquisitive eye.

Sunday, 9 May 2010


Spent the last few hours introducing stronger colours and shape into the portrait. I do think the acrylic wash has been a help especially with establishing that the drawing was correct. Something I think will be good to remember in the future, especially with larger pieces. Going to have a wee rest from it for now, I think a cuppa is in order.

Saturday, 8 May 2010


Just couldn't resist having another dab at this piece....have to say this is the latest I've worked with my new day light bulb and I'm really pleased with the result. Can't wait to get back to it tomorrow :)


Didn't go to the show today decided to be dedicated and get on with some work. Started on this wee head study of 'another' foal....mind you, you can't ever have enough foals to paint. It's on a rather pale hardboard primed with clear gesso. Was going to start straight off with an oil wash of Ultra and Burnt Sienna but instead decided on a little wash of acrylics instead. This way I can find out if there is anything desperately wrong with my drawing before I start with the oils....cheating in other words :).
Now going to cut a board 26x25 for an 'after the race' painting I'm itching to do and might just use the same method with it.
Have a lovely evening where ever you are and thanks as always for looking in.

Friday, 7 May 2010

Where Has My Day Gone????

Sorry to say there's NO painting to look at today, my day has simply ran away from me. I haven't been idle, spent the morning sending off paintings to clients and doing a little shopping in town. Checked some blogs I follow and noticed a post by Linda Shantz a fellow equine artist. She spent the whole of April creating beautiful daily equine paintings on her Thirty Horses, Thirty Days blog and got a mention on Katherine Tyrrel's Making A Mark Blog. Katherine made a comment about some blog's, not I may add about Linda's having a busy format that can sometimes distract the eye away from the paintings. I have to say I've been thinking for sometime that my Blog is one of those and a tad busy. So this afternoon was spent trimming some of it down....might go a bit further yet I'll have a think.
I also went through my reference photos from my day at Ayr races back in February, there are some that I want to work up into larger paintings. Hoping to start this weekend though there's a chance I might go to Ayr County Show....ideal for another photo shoot.
Time to hit the pillow I think, have a great weekend and thanks for dropping by.

Thursday, 6 May 2010


Heavy Frost
Acrylic 6x7
Sorry......been a bit out of kilter these past few days. Doesn't take much to knock things out of stride. In fact an out of stride horse was one of the problems :( but her Uncle Jim re-shod her yesterday and she's much better today.
Enjoyed getting lost in the creation of this wee landscape this afternoon, so it's hot of the presses. We are still getting some early morning frost and Sunday was really a few gardeners caught out. Thanks for looking.

Monday, 3 May 2010


Had a lovely holiday weekend but an exhausting one catching up on work in the garden. I had lost a few shrubs at the front of the house over the severe winter we had and I had to dig them out. For things that were supposed to be dead they put up quite a fight. My neck was aching on Saturday night, a nice massage with oils would have been the order of the day but no such luck :( I also started my new walking regime and the feeling is slowly returning to my thighs and will get better I know it will and I'll keep saying it till I believe it lol.
Tomorrow I'm off to Edinburgh but I hope to squeeze a small painting in as well, meanwhile I'll take my aching bones off to bed. Thanks for looking the way isn't the above a lovely noble beast :)