Thursday, 29 July 2010


Insanity hasn't quite set in yet but I might be missing in action for a little while, there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day. I'm way behind schedule with my 100 paintings for under £100 project. I also have a few commissions in the wings at various stages (I'll let you see them as soon as I can). I also have three charity exhibitions that I take part in every year, they need to be completed in the next few weeks as they need the details of the paintings for the catalogues. Before I know it I'll be planning Christmas anyone planning on commissioning a piece for Christmas now is the time to get in the queue it's going to be a tight squeeze :)).
Certainly ain't boring in the McCrindle household lol.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010


Been fooling around today with the new templates that Blogger has provided. I know they've been around for a while but as a creature of habit not to mention one who doesn't particularly like change....I've taken the plunge and changed.

What's the verdict.....ok I know not a big change but it is a change :)

Monday, 26 July 2010


So Beautiful
Acrylic 6x8
Managed to finish the head study of the lovely Arabian filly Vixxen S today. Have to say she's been a pleasure to paint and I hope I've managed too do her some justice. The blue in her coat isn't quite as blue in the painting well going by my screen, it's a little duller giving it a more natural sheen. But she's still gorgeous :)

Thursday, 22 July 2010


An enjoyable afternoon spent shaping the structure of Vixxen's face. Still quite a bit of work to be done but I'm really pleased with how it's turning out. I'm off out tonight to visit my Aunt she is having to take it easy at the moment. Both her feet are heavily bandaged after having her toes straightened....even typing that makes my eyes water. She will be like this for another four weeks and believe me she'll be ready to climb the walls as she's always on the move. Uncle has to go out this evening so I'm playing baby sitter lol or more importantly too make sure she doesn't do anything she shouldn't :)

Wednesday, 21 July 2010


Finally got started on a work in progress this evening. I love all horses that come in all shapes and sizes but my two favourite breeds to paint are Thoroughbreds and Arabians. This exquisite filly is a beautiful black Arabian filly, forged from the dreams of my childhood. She was bred by Sue Wells of Sapphire Stud Farm in Pennsylvania. Sue has very kindly given my permission to paint her stunning Black Arabians and I hope I can do them justice. Don't you think she already has that Royal look about her a Princess of the Desert!

Monday, 19 July 2010


Study of a Bonnie Foal
Acrylic 12x12
Enquiries can come to me.
I'm a terrible one for putting things aside then forgetting about them and this is what happened to this painting. It had come back from a gallery in Glasgow and I took it out of the frame because I had a lovely landscape that I was putting in another show that suited the frame.....I bet all us artists do that from time to time! Well something was placed in front of it and then something else in front of that and so on and so on. Then, in all my clearing out I sifted through the pile and found a little hidden treasure. Hope it brightened your day too :)

Friday, 16 July 2010


Sparkle on the Barley
Sorry I've been quiet of late just had somethings to take care off and getting my head around some projects in the pipeline. The weather this week has been strange going from heavy rain, too high winds (not good for the Golfer's ) and then some sunshine. This piece is early morning sun hitting a field of barley.
Thanks for dropping in and have a good weekend where ever you are :)

Saturday, 10 July 2010


No Gate
Acrylic 7x5
Another wee impressionistic landscape from my walks in the courtyside around me. As the title suggests there's no gate, well none that can be seen without careful inspection. This field has been a crop field for a good few years now and I guess to save the farmer opening and closing the gate it was removed from it's hinges and has been swallowed by the undergrowth. Think it's barley that's in this one and it still has a bit of ripening to go, hope the sun comes back.
This is No.20 of the 100 paintings I'm doing for under £100 only 80 to go...oh my lol.
Thanks for taking the time to look.

Thursday, 8 July 2010


Path to the Ford
Acrylic 8x6
Well my washing machine has washed it's last wash...expensive wash too cost me £110. Was repaired on Wednesday morning, a brand new motor, completed a wash of backed up washing beautifully and I have to say quieter than it has for ages. Washed a few by hand put them on the spin was almost finished and pop then stop. Engineer came back out today and futtered about with it.....electronics he says and cheaper to buy a new one.
I was a 'woe is me' through lunch but then came up to the studio and started to lose myself in my work. Phone rang and lo and behold it was Judy from the Aberfeldy gallery to say that a couple had bought three of my paintings. Made me smile and fired me up to do this wee landscape above.
Also had a smile when I was taking the photo of this painting, looking at it took me back a good few years. This ford is a bit posh these days, a heavy slab of concrete is in place so riders can cross the burn (little creek) with a gentle slope on both sides. First time I took Rio (my first horse) across it there was a fair drop in and out. Rio had never crossed it before and in hindsight it would have been better to lead her over first time, but I didn't want to get my feet I encouraged her in and before I knew it she had dropped her shoulder and I was soaked to the skin. She shot up the bank on the other side like a rat up a her credit she didn't take off and leave me but I don't think it was a trick of the light that made me think she was grinning down at me :))
Thanks as always for finding your way here :)

Sunday, 4 July 2010


Not a lot done to this one today as it's Sunday I'm on a go slow, also wishing I had used a white board. I thought using the plain board would have helped with his colouring but in fact it's a fight all the way. Also working on a small study of the large painting I'll be starting to give my clients an idea of what I'm planning...believe me it's harder to do in miniature. Got a couple of dog commissions I'll be starting as well so not much time to watch the grass grow. But plenty for you all too see.That said I'm downing tools and taking time of TV this evening....NO football :))))
Happy 4th of July to my friends across the Pond enjoy your party.

Saturday, 3 July 2010


Wish I had started earlier on this and got a bit more covered but never mind patience is a virtue, so they say. I'm planning on doing a few works in progress so there's going to be a bit tooing and froing...figured you all wouldn't mind as seeing something is better than nothing. He's quite a strange little darling to paint as it's difficult to get the colour right. I think there might be a few changes before wer'e done. His mother was a very dark bay and going by his muzzle looks like he might go that way too but then again he has an ash sometimes blue in parts. Won't matter he'll be sweet when he's done his little muzzle squashed into the ground in sleep......hence the title Sleeping Heart.

Friday, 2 July 2010


Untitled work in progress
No excuses I've faffed about all day getting nothing done until now and it's time for bed. Will start this wee one tomorrow though I've already noticed I've made his neck a bit weak...easy sorted. It's an image of Sammy having a wee snooze. Foal's like all other young things have wild energy spurts, thundering around the field at scary speeds then the energy fix finished they slither down into the grass and drift off to sleep....dreaming about who knows what! Winning a Scottish Grand National maybe :))

Thursday, 1 July 2010


Wildflower Meadow
Acrylic 8x6
to a collector in Scotland.

I am really lucky living where I do, I don't have to go far to find something to paint. This spot is on my daily walk how lucky is that. I just wish that you could also share the singing of the birds and the perfume wafting over from the wild flowers. Just close your eyes and let your imagination do the rest.
Good news Hurricane Jack that I painted back in the beginning of the year was running at Perth today. Better still he won his race really well so I'm hoping that will help put a smile back on Geoff's face.
Thanks as always for taking the time to look, be sure to tell a friend.