Saturday, 31 December 2011

From the Old to the New..........

Started this wee doodle late this afternoon, if you look closely you'll notice my signature in the centre of the horses face. It was a piece of cut up board that was lying in the studio. I bit of a kismet moment as the old year finishes and the new year this old painting starts afresh.
Wishing you all A Happy and Healthy 2012 and thank you for all the lovely comments left throughout 2011.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

New Website.......

"Sun on the Birch"
Acrylic 16x16

Enjoying a little break for the holidays and I hope those looking in are able to take a little time out to just chill. Plans are afoot for the incoming new year but I'll dicuss that later in another post. Meanwhile I thought you might all like to know that I have a new website address. Figured I was going to need a bit more space to show off all the new paintings I'll be producing in 2012. It's still a work in progress but I hope you'll like it as much as I do.....

See you next!

Sunday, 18 December 2011

"Winter Tracks" Acrylic 6x6

Had an enjoyable afternoon bringing together this wee snowscape. We don't actually have snow at the moment just ice. But everywhere around us has had varying degrees of dusting. This is just an impressionistic idea straight out off my head by remembering what I've seen. It's sometimes just nice and relaxing to let your imagination to the work........"Winter Tracks" Acrylic 6x6.
Thanks for popping in.....

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Not a good start....

Ok, this morning wasn't my best morning. Yesterday and into the night we had another nasty weatherfront, the second in less than a week. I woke this morning to discover that I had lost (as in unrepairable) 12 panels of fencing. Why is it when you finally think things are getting a bit better you get the rug pulled out from under. Feeling a bit as if I had been battered I drove into town to meet up with my friend Jane. Her grandaughter Mirren was singing with the rest off her class at our local supermarket. All the primary schools in the area take turns to sing Carols at this time of the year. I have to say it was just the tonic I needed. To see and hear the joy in their hearts and voices lifted my spirit. They only had a one hour slot and it flew in, I could have stood another hour listening and cough cough joining in.
As I wandered round the supermarket afterwards for a few odds and ends the fence disappeared to the back of my mind. I bought a couple of my favourite magazines came home and sat down and watched a Christmas movie on TV. The fence can wait.......

Isn't Mirren gorgeous in her Santa hat.....

Hair Style

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Part of the furniture........

I try to hang my paintings around the house while they are waiting for their forever homes. It's helpful in stopping the frame getting damaged (very easy to kick them on passing even when wrapped). Plus if someone calls and asks what I have they get a better idea seeing them hung. Occasionally though some fit into a space so well they become part of the furniture. This is one of those, it has been on show but I think it deliberately gets itself hung in a unflattering spot so it get's to come back home...."Arran Has Snow" Acrylic 20x20.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Ok I know you might feel as if you've had a wee bit too much whiskey if you look at this one too long. But there's something I like about it's difficult to photograph a fibre optic :)

One of my wee Christmas tealights.....

How like a queen comes forth the lonely Moon
From the slow opening curtains of the clouds
Walking in beauty to her midnight throne!
~George Croly

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Winter came down to our home one night
Quietly pirouetting in on silvery toed slippers of snow,
And we, were children once again.
~ Bill Morgan Jnr ~

Thursday, 8 December 2011

I'll Huff and I'll Puff and I'll Blow Your House Down....

......well that's what it feels like at the moment. I'm in my 'cave' working away at new paintings. Plus trying unsuccessfully to ignore the wind that is battering the side of the house. I've already been out and moved anything that could turn into a missile behind the hedge and against the fence. That said the fence doesn't look too healthy...eeek!
There's been more photos on show than paintings over the last few days but the paintings will come....eventually. In the meantime here is one from the archives, can only be Hurricane Jack. Incidently Jack left everyone in his slipstream on Monday at Musselburgh winning from start to finish in a 3 mile chase. Well done to all his Might be on a go slow for a little while...but I will be back. Keep warm where ever you are and thanks for popping in.

"Hurricane Jack"
Oils 24x20

Soft eye...

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Just realised I hadn't posted on Monday so you get two for one today........

All lit these defiant leaves that refuse to let go and add little spots of colour on an otherwise bleak day......

Gold but cold.......

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Season's Greetings.....

It's hard to believe we are at this time of year again, where do the months fly. This year hasn't been the greatest so in a sense I'm happy it's nearing it's end. But, if nothing else I'm an optimist so I'm ready to grasp the new year with both hands with the feeling it will be the best yet. I'd just like to take this oppertunity to thank you all for the lovely comments you've left in this past year. They continue to give me encouragement when things get a little wobbly or when self doubt whispers in my ear.....THANK YOU :))

Time now to get Christmas started...........

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Art thou the bird whom man loves best
The pious bird with the scarlet breast
Our little Robin;
The bird that comes about our doors
When Autumn winds are sobbing!

~ William Wordsworth ~

Friday, 2 December 2011

Mini Mammoth a work in progress........

Have to say I've struggled a bit with this one this morning feel a bit rusty. The only way to combat that is to paint more. Less time spent on the computer looking at how everyone else paints and more time spent focusing on my own should

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Busy day but scraped together a work in progress...

Been a busy day today but I was determined to at least put pencil to paper, if not paint. The outcome a rough pencil drawing sealed with burnt sienna.Those of you who are familar with my blog will most likely know the subject matter of the work in progress. Without me giving away any I know from emails and comments that you enjoyed his stories and shared in my sorrow when he lost his brave fight. I have many photos and doodles of the little big man but until now I couldn't motivate myself to paint him again....until tonight. For those who haven't had the pleasure of Dougals charm below is one I did earlier. There will be a few works in progress over the comings days/weeks...just to keep you on your toes. So you'll just have to keep looking in......:)

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

St Andrew's Day.....

O Scotia! my dear, my native soil,
For whom my warmest wish to heaven is sent;
Long may thy hardy sons of rustic toil
Be blest with health, and peace, and sweet content'

~Robert Burns~

Monday, 28 November 2011

Sunshine on a cold wet day

Was having a tidy and found an old disc full off photos. They were taken with my old Samsung point and shoot. Not as good as my Canon but this shot brought a bit off sunshine on a cold wet day.
Hope it brings some sunshine into your day.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Making up the four....

"End of The Day" Acrylic 6x6 £150- made up the four that I took to Edinburgh today. The Christmas exhibtion opens at the Torrance Gallery next Saturday and runs through till the 14th January. Edinburgh was basked in sunshine but with a bitter cold wind, shops were starting to look festive. Can't think where the year has gone!
Thanks for looking in.....I'll be back soon.

Friday, 25 November 2011

"Sail Past" Acrylic 6x6 off to Edinburgh

"Sail Past" Acrylic 6x6 £150- is one of four heading to Edinburgh for the Torrance Gallery's Christmas Show. Been catching up with paperwork and priming some boards today, not my favourite past time but has to be done. Might manage some scibbling with a pencil later. It is bitter cold outside today with high winds and heavy showers, winter is biting. Been a sad couple of days as my Aunt Margaret died early Wednesday morning. Have been expecting it as she had been poorly this past fornight but it still knocks you sideways. She had celebrated her 90th birthday this year so had a good life. Tuesday's will seem odd without chatting to her on the phone.
I think a mug of hot chocolate is just what the doctor ordered and a biccy too. Stay warm where ever you are and have a great weekend.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

"Fading Light" Acrylic 6x8

"Fading Light" Acrylic 6x8 £190- unframed from the studio. Not even a hint of snow here at the moment this is inspired by images I took last year. I love the winter skies most especially as the day closes down. I loved to stand in the yard looking over the fields watching the light fade and the lights from the town starting to sparkle. Now that could be an idea for another I miss tucking Tara in for the night at this time of year. Her waiting for me at the gate, her breath in the air. The soft melodic sound of her eating and the sweet smell of hay.
Thanks for looking in.......

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Happy Thanksgiving..........

Met this impressive ram yesterday along with a few of his family. Quite a handsome fella don't you think!
Wishing all my friends across the Pond a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow....enjoy!

For each new morning with it's light
For rest and shelter of the night
For health and food, for love and friends
For everything thy goodness sends
~Ralph Waldo Emmerson~

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

"Gold in the Snow" is off too Edinburgh........

"Gold in the Snow" Acrylic 6x8 £225 is one of four paintings heading for the Torrance Gallery's Christmas Exhibition. It opens in Edinburgh on 3rd December and runs through till 14th January 2012. All these festive paintings and photos are helping to make it feel a little more like Christmas. The weather we've been having lately is not the norm for this time of year a staggering 11 - 15C. No doubt it's just lulling us into a sense of security and the snow shovels will be coming out of storage soon.
Keep warm where ever you are :)

Monday, 21 November 2011

"The countenance is the portrait of the soul,and the eyes mark it's intentions" ~ Cicero

Saturday, 19 November 2011

A brand new ending........

"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." ~Anon

I like the above quote it sums up just how I've been feeling about my blog of late. I've chopped and changed it quite a bit in the short time I've been blogging, not too mention adding more blogs along the way. In the process it's lost it's way....or I've lost mine. So starting from now it'll be what it was always intended to be (and was at the beginning) one blog, about me sharing my art, my photos and my thoughts....

The above painting "Winter's Chill" Acrylic 6x8 £225- is one of four paintings that will be in the Torrance Gallery's Christmas Exhibition running from 3rd December - 14th January 2012. Edinburgh is a beautiful city come Christmas time and a great place to do your Christmas shopping while taking in the many festive gallery can take my word for it.
Thanks for dropping by :)

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

From the archives........"The Big Freeze" Acrylic 6x8 sold

"To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring" ~ George Santayana

Friday, 11 November 2011

Your silent tents of green
We deck with fragrant flowers;
Yours has the suffering been;
The memory shall be ours
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Thursday, 10 November 2011

"End of the Day" Acrylic 6x6

"End of the Day"
Acrylic 6x6 (on board)

I've been beating my head off a brick wall this morning ( I guess that's why I now have a hellish headache) trying to get the photo  match the no avail. The painting has a lovely soft glow which I just can't achieve on here. You will just have to take my word for it when I say the painting is much better up close and personal than on
Thanks for looking in.....

Monday, 7 November 2011

"Honey" Acrylic 6x6

Acrylic 6x6 (on board)
£80- unframed
**Wee Moo Collection*
Available contact me.

Managed to get the next member of the wee herd finished and I'm happy with the outcome. Was a few times in the process that I thought I was going to lose her lovely soft features. But, think I've pulled it off, her lovely dark eyes under those long lashes are the clincher.
Thanks as always for popping in.......

P.S Just realised I forgot her ear tags......hope DEFRA aren't looking in lol.

FROM THE LENS..........

Sunday, 6 November 2011

"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 winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches, when you can savor belonging to yourself" ~ Ruth Stout

Friday, 4 November 2011


 "November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring."
- Elizabeth Coatsworth

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Aberfeldy Christmas Exhibition opens 5th November.......

I hate to say it but Christmas will soon be apon us. And to prove it the Aberfeldy Gallery opens their Christmas Exhibition this coming Saturday 5th November. Situated in a beautiful part of Perthshire you could combine a visit to the gallery while taking in the stunning views still glowing with autumn colours. I'm delighted to be exhibiting the foursome below, rubbing shoulders with some top Scottish artists. I believe the exhibtiion goes live on the gallery's website from tomorrow. 

"Silver Sands" Acrylic 6x6 £150-

"The Burn" Acrylic 6x6 £150- Sold

"Hurry Home" Acrylic 6x6 £150-

"After The Rain" Acrylic 6x6 £150-
Thanks as always for looking in........