Monday, 31 January 2011


"Harvest Tracks. Perthshire"
Acrylic 6x6 on board
Aberfeldy Gallery Spring Exhibition
1st April - 6th May

Thought I wasn't going to manage this wee one posted tonight but where there's a will there's a way :)


Saturday, 29 January 2011


Today's sketch
Wednesday's post of the drawing has being bugging me so today I had another try and I'm much happier with this one. You can compare it with Wednesday's below and I hope you'll agree. I don't think I'll every make a graphite artist but I've thoroughly enjoyed it.....very relaxing.

Wednesday's sketch

Wednesday, 26 January 2011


Didn't manage any work at the easel today, I was catching up with the paperwork and trying to sort out many of the images I've taken over the last year. It sometimes helps to flick through them when I need some inspiration. Though sometimes, it can also have the opposite effect and just overloads my head. Later on in the afternoon I lifted my sketch book and had a shot at the image above. Right at the beginning way before I ever thought about painting for a living I drew and that was it, any painting I attempted hit the bin. Now it feels alien to actually draw. Oh, I draw or rough sketch an outline out before I start painting, that's it. It's been a long time since I've actually sat down and drew something. But, I'm going to make a concentrated effort to draw more, very relaxing just me, the paper, the pencil........and the eraser!

And talking about beginnings I found this not long ago when I was clearing away some of Mum's things. It was at the bottom of a chest she kept blankets and sheets in. I think I was six/seven when I painted it, was an art competition at school. I won first prize and got to pick a book for my prize, it was called 'Baby Animals' and is probably still in the loft somewhere. Have to say my eyes were a little damp when I found it, imagine her keeping it all those years.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

TO A KISS ~ ROBERT BURNS 25th January 1759 - 21st July 1796

To celebrate Burn's Day I thought I'd share one of his loveliest poem's..............

To A Kiss

Humid seal of soft affections,
Tend'rest pledge of future bliss,
Dearest tie of young connections,
Love's first snow-drop, virgin kiss.
Speaking silence, dumb confession,
Passion's birth, and infant's play,
Dove like fondness, chaste concession,
Glowing dawn of brighter day.
Sorrowing joy, adieu's last action,
Lingering lips, more to join!
What word's can ever speak affection
Thrilling and sincere as thine!
Robert Burns

Monday, 24 January 2011


"Time to Rest "
Acrylic 6x8 on board

Will be on exhibition at the Aberfeldy Gallery Spring Exhibition from 1st April - 6th May.

I don't normally post twice in one day but as I managed to get this one done in late afternoon thought I would. This lady had just finished with her morning milking and was taking a rest in the morning sun. Sadly a lot of the farms around where I live have given up their milk herds. I believe that European ruling means they can only produce so much milk. The supermarkets control how much gets paid and the smaller farms just can't compete. I used to earn my pocket money at weekends and summer holidays working at Greenhill Farm. I loved going out at three o'clock with the dog to bring the ladies in. Not that they needed much coaxing, their udders uncomfortably full they were usually waiting at or near the gate to get in. My Gran worked as a milk maid as a young woman, first at Busbiehill Farm (the farm just past where I stable Tara). She used to tell me stories when I was little about the cows she had looked after and how when she went to work in the morning she walked through the fields. As she passed each cow it joined in a procession and followed her up to the byre's. She eventually left Busbiehill and went to work on a farm near Stewarton but as she didn't live in she walked the eight miles there and back every day, winter and summer. We have things so easy now!
Wonder if she was having a look over my shoulder as I painted this one, and if she approved :)


Untitled work in progress ~ friesian cow

Untitled work in progress
There is something endearing about cattle, they seem to have a quiet unfushed way of taking on the world. Especially if you happen upon them as they meander along a narrow country road on their way to work (milk parlour). This is chilling out and catching some rays!

Sunday, 23 January 2011

"FLOODED FIELD, ABERFELDY" ACRYLIC 6X6, plus January blues and a thumbs down to Facebook...

"Flooded Field, Aberfeldy"
Acrylic 6x6 on board

Aberfeldy Gallery Spring Exhibition
1st April - 6thMay

The reference for this wee landscape was taken on one of my many trips up to Aberfeldy delivering work to the gallery. Something about the strips of flood water caught my eye and as often the case it just takes something like that to put the idea in motion. It's the same with most paintings it could be a colour that sets me off or the way a horse is carrying it's head. In this case I think it was the colour of the sky reflecting on the water.
It's been a strange start to the new year. The first day held the promise of a new start, a clean slate with which to start on. Then, as with most Januarys (for me anyway) the blue's seem to kick in. Perhaps it's been the changeable weather but half way through this month I feel I've run out of steam a little. I know I just have to grit my teeth and push on, as I said before, this year is for doing not saying. It might be a physcological overload where everything I have and plan to do has converged in my mind and drained my body. So I've made a list to try and force me to think of only one thing at a time....not so tiring. Another thing I've found very frustrating these past few days is Facebook and I have to ask myself do I really need Facebook in my life, is it a necessary evil. I use the word evil lightly but for someone who is introverted rather than extroverted and could be discribed as a lone wolf, having 206 friends I don't know or have ever met is pretty daunting. Why did I join, something I constantly ask myself.....I read somewhere it was a good place to be to get your work out there. I set up a Business page and then discovered you can't actually contact the people who 'like' your page and they can't actually contact you unless you friend them. To do that you have to create a profile page which I didn't want in the first place. I now have 206 friends ( of which a handful I actually know) and 572 following my art page of which 128 are also from my 206 friends....oh and did I say that apart from the 128 who are 'friends' I have no real idea who the other 445 are......are YOU confused yet! Then this week everything went totally too shit when they changed how the profile was set asking, no choice, we're changing your profile, like it.
Do I think it's worth the effort, I'd have to say no...but then I'm an introverted, lone wolf technophobic dinosaur :))........I'd much rather talk away too myself on here!

Thursday, 20 January 2011


"Soft Day"

Acrylic 6x6 on board

Those of you who pop in regulary to the blog will remember me saying I wasn't doing anymore 6x6 paintings. It had been my intention but I've had a few emails and even phone calls asking me to keep doing them. One of my friends said and this is their words not mine "they are wee jewels". Well I ask you who could resist, that and the fact that I found some wee boards I must have cut ages ago hiding behind a frame I moved. Hey I'm a canny Scot no waste lol. so you can look forward to a good few more.


Saturday, 15 January 2011


"Grey Day"
Acrylic 6x8

Forgot to post this one yesterday. A typical grey day on the coast at this time of the year!

Wednesday, 12 January 2011


Ranger (Do I For Dalkey) sketch
copyright Elizabeth McCrindle
A sketch today from the sketch book to celebrate Ranger's win yesterday at Newcastle. It had started to feel like a long winter with all the abandoned race meetings. But, all that was forgotten yesterday when Ranger (Do It For Dalkey) and Peter had a faultless little jaunt around the course. Skipping gaily over the last and pulling away up the straight with a smile on their faces. A credit and reward to team Russell for all the hard work they've been putting in over the last few weeks of less than perfect conditions.
Ranger is part of the large family portrait that is presently taking up one side of my studio 32 x 58. It is taking a lot longer than I anticipated but all good things are worth the wait. This is just a little tease to keep you going while I continue the slow process.
Today was something of a trying day, firstly there was no water, then when it did come back coughing and spluttering out the tap it was bog water, a dark treacle brown. Early this evening it was reduced to a clouded effect caused by what ever they flush down the pipes to kill the bog water creatures. It now seems to have returned to normal and I'm now left feeling guilty about whining. There are thousands of people in Queensland, Australia whose lives have been heartbreakingly changed by more water than any of us can imagine. My heart truly breaks at the images and stories of their suffering and the unfathomable scale of it all. I pray that respite comes soon for them!

Tuesday, 11 January 2011


Big Sky
Acrylic 6x8 on board

Busy day today running around doing errands and catching up with housework. Was nice just to sit this evening and work up this wee summer landscape. Typical Ayrshire big skies and rolling fields.

Friday, 7 January 2011


"Blue Haze"
Acrylic 16x16 on board

The beauty of being an artist is being able to bring a touch of Spring to the studio when outside is chittering in below zero temperatures.

Thursday, 6 January 2011


Untitled work in progress

The beginning and the end are the too best bits. The beginning is filled with excitement, the birth of an idea and a vision of the end piece before your eyes. The end, a contented (mostly) feeling of having achieved the idea. Everything in between ranges from the good, the bad and the downright ugly. Somedays from the moment pencil or brush hits the white you just know it's a good one, other days it's a battle of wills and then sometimes occassionally all is lost. Today it's neither good, bad or ugly and thankfully at the moment not lost :)

Wednesday, 5 January 2011


Space for a View
Acrylic 6x8 on board
£200- unframed

Felt a little bit rusty today as I got back to painting, though I did enjoy the time off it was starting to feel I had been too long away. But, everyone needs to take a step back now and again. This is a view I enjoy on my walks looking through the hole in the fence towards Southook Farm. I don't remember the hedge ever having covered the space but I dare say it must have at sometime. There have been a few escapees through this space, even though it does have a fence but depending on what escapes the space has got bigger. I can remember arriving one morning at the stables to find a whole herd of sheep in Andra's garden. Rio, my first horse playing the skitty Thoroughbred was running up and down her fence huffing and puffing at these aliens that had arrived over night. With more good luck than judgement I managed to get them all out and back in the field before Andra was out of bed. They did though leave their calling cards which he recycled and put to good use lol.
Hope you all enjoyed the holidays and are now getting back to normality. Thanks as always for taking the time to look in.

Monday, 3 January 2011


Been a lovely break but it's back to the easel tomorrow, there is actually another days holiday here in Scotland but I just want back to normal. The Christmas decorations came down today and are all back in the loft for next year. Have to say the house looks a little odd at the moment but no doubt after tomorrow they'll be forgotten about.
I actually had intended taking them down on Sunday but the temptation of racing at Ayr took over. It was great to see some racing after the 'cold spell' but for me who was wanting some inspirational photographs the light was all wrong in as much as there wasn't any! Off course my camera is probably quite capable of taking photos in any light.......just one of the many things I'm going to learn how
Some of the best are below for y'all to look at cos I know you'll want to. I had hoped to get some jockey images, as, one of the things I'm planning this year is a series of paintings called "Silks" but there will be other days.
Cool Mission


Safari Adventures

Safari Adventures with the steam billowing around him he was third in his race and also won best turned out for his lass.

Cold Back

Culcabock and his lass sharing a well done old man moment after his 4th place :)

Saturday, 1 January 2011