Sunday, 27 February 2011

Favourite Artists......

Nothing to post today as I had a quiet day tiding at the yard. These three paintings are by one of my favourite artists Hubert De Watrigant. You'll find more of his work on his website which is on the right hand side bar under favourite websites. He's having an exhibition of his work this year in The Osborne Studio Gallery, London towards the end of the year.

Friday, 25 February 2011

SAL a work in progress

Managed a little more before bed...I'm smiling!

SAL....a work in progress.

Sal is a prime example of how my creativity has been of late. I had already started her portrait a few weeks back and laid in a base totally made a pigs ear of that so I'm starting again. Most people when working with oils will cover the whole painting to give themselves a base to work with. Me I usually sketch the subject out bring the eye too life and work left to right. Sometimes it's just better to stick with how you do it than experiment with a commission. Made a rough drawing this morning which doesn't need to be carved in stone as I'll make adjustments as I go along, started painting this afternoon. The left side of Sals face is in shadow, but for the moment I've made her eye quite bright, just in case you thought she had a wall eye. Sal by the way is a very young 26 year old Thoroughbred (I believe she was in training with Lucinda Russell)......I hope I look as good in horsey years :)

Acrylic 6x8 £75 sold
off to a new home in the UK

Thursday, 24 February 2011


Wild Irises one that found a new home.

After a great deal of thought, a couple of sleepless nights and a hellish week where I couldn't create I've decided to stop the 100 paintings for under 100 pounds. As with some things you start it seemed a good idea at the time. It seemed a good way to encourage people to start collecting art. What I didn't allow for was the time it would consume i.e. I would have to actually paint double what I would normally paint and that wasn't allowing for the commissions I also had to work on. My mentor who isn't afraid to tell me as it is pointed out that I was also undervaluing my work plus I had work sitting around doing nothing until I had finished the project. I guess deep down that's what I was thinking too. I made a mistake and I've learnt from it.
Back to a smiling happy face as opposed to a snarling grump.
Footnote:- 100 Paintings under 100 GB Pounds will close on the 6th March

Tuesday, 22 February 2011


Acrylic 6x6 on board

Managed at last to finish this wee one off and pleased with the result. I sometimes find if I leave a painting for a little while I can lose track of what I started to achieve. Fortunately in this case it's exactly what I set out to do. I like the way the red bleeds through on the grass, stops it from being too vibrant. Busy times ahead cracking on with commissions plus three to do for Aberfeldy and four for the Torrance. You'll forgive me if I don't manage to post daily but rest assured you won't miss a thing.

Thanks as for taking a look.


Monday, 21 February 2011

"And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." ~ Abraham Lincoln

Sunday, 20 February 2011


Today seems a little of an anti climax after yesterday but still got a smile on my face. Back to the grind though and a little more progress on the wee calf I started last week. Not really a grind as I can honestly say I love my job. There are times off course when things aren't going too well (like this week) and I might moan a bit, but, at the end off the day I can't imagine doing anything else. This coming week the diary looks a lot quieter so more headway should be made......unless!

Thanks for looking in.


Saturday, 19 February 2011


photo Julian Finney
Carrying 11st 12lbs in very heavy ground. You would have been forgiven for thinking that Pegasus had joined the race on the bend for home, invisable wings carrying him. 3miles and 4 furlongs were like a walk in the park as the handsome grey had enough of hanging around and belted for home winning by 15 lengths. Looked foot pefect to me even when I took the rose tinted glasses off....he's amazing. This, is what dreams are made of a superstar!


"Silver By Nature"
Oils 20x24
Good luck in running today to Tonto (aka Silver By Nature) and his connections Geoff and Joyce plus team Russell and not forgetting Angie who cares for him when he's at home. Tonto is running at Haydock today in the Grand National Trial (which he won last year) and although carrying top weight he's been showing he's back to form on the gallops. The weather is wet which will also suit him and the going is reported as heavy. I love this 'silver ghost' to bits and will be watching the race all 3 miles and 4 furlongs with my heart in my mouth. Safe home big lad.

Thursday, 17 February 2011


"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will" ~ Mahatma Ghandi

Concentration was no where to be found today. And when I started to force the issuse concentration stuck out it's bottom lip and refused point blank by giving me a headache. I know when I'm beat so thought a walk might help, it should clear my headache if nothing else. Bitter cold but just put my head down and walked. Took my camera with me but honestly didn't think it would be worth my while. One the light was nil and two I had blurred vision because of the headache. The walk did the trick and the headache cleared, couldn't do anything for the dismal light though. Then my eye caught the bleached remains of last years crops, up close they're pretty tatty but from the path they looked like threads of gold. Might even manage a bit at the easel after dinner :)

Wednesday, 16 February 2011


"Pink Ladies" by Marion Drummond
As I've been working in the studio with nothing to show for it. Well what I mean is nothing I can share with you at the moment, I thought we were due something from the scrapbook. Love the beautiful colours in this still life by Scottish artist Marion Drummond. I've never even attempted a still life, unless you include the art lessons we recieved in primary school. Not something I would like to share lol. I would however like to make an attempt at some, watch this space!
You'll find a good selection of Marions work in the Morningside Gallery, Edinburgh.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honourable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing" ~ George Bernard Shaw

Monday, 14 February 2011


"Infatuation is when you think he's as sexy as Robert Redford, as smart as Henry Kissenger, as noble as Ralph Nader, as funny as Woody Allen and as athletic as Jimmy Conners. Love is when you realise he's as sexy as Woody Allen, as smart as Jimmy Conners, as funny as Ralph Nader, as athletic as Henry Kissenger and nothing like Robert Redford - but you'll take him anyway" ~ Judith Viorst

Sunday, 13 February 2011


Not much done in the way of progress, have had something of a lazy weekend. I washed over the blue replacing it with a mix of yellow ochre and cadmium red. I think that's going to give me a better base to work from! Don't know if it's the days starting to lengthen or the thought that spring is around the corner but I've been looking out baby photos. By that I mean baby animals or calves and foals to be exact....just thought I'd better prepare you for the ooooing and ahhhhing.

Saturday, 12 February 2011


Actually started this wee painting earlier with the intention of doing another landscape but as you can see I've gone a little off course. Quick sketch and a wash of sienna and I've got the beginnings of a bonnie wee friesian calf. At the moment I'm making headway on a few larger commission pieces which I'm not quite ready to start sharing with you yet. So these little pieces fill in the waiting time. Time now I think for bed!

Wednesday, 9 February 2011


Decided that instead of having a page called Just the Art I'd split it into sections. That way you can scroll through your favourite subject. It's still under construction so you'll have to bare with me. Been a busy day here with the blacksmith this morning then food shopping. This evening I'm having a night off and heading to the cinema to see The King's Speech :)
Be back to work tomorrow!

Tuesday, 8 February 2011


"Summer Sparkle"
Acrylic 6x6 0n board
Aberfeldy Gallery Spring Exhibition
1st April - 6th May SOLD

Back on a more even keel today in the wipe outs phew! Needed a little sunshine in my life so what better than summer flowers. Much as I like beautiful cut flowers in a vase nothing can compare to wild flowers. A little corner shaded by trees the sunlight filtering through and lighting up a corner....magic. Sorry, but you are just going to have to imagine the perfume.

Monday, 7 February 2011


Forgot to mention on my earlier post I've added another page to the blog called Just The Art. It's for those who just like to look at the art, without having to read my rambles :) Makes up a little for losing the Gallery Blog....I hope!

BIT OF A MELTDOWN + FOAL STUDY from the sketch book

Foal study in pencil
8 x 11.5 approx (from the sketch book)

Finally got around to finishing this pencil study and I'm really quite pleased with it. Will definately be using the sketch pad more often ( she says guiltly). Had a bit of a meltdown towards the end of last week. Nothing I did seemed to work, and by Saturday I was having one of those hysterical moments. I can't do this, it's gone I'll never paint again. A few artists reminded me that it happens to all artists, so with that in mind I've decided to keep both Actually I also recieved a lovely email from a fellow artist who lives in South Africa. Di wrote to tell me that my blog has helped to comfort and inspire her with her artwork (she also does horses). Di if your reading this today you have no idea how your letter lifted my spirits. Di was relieved to find through my blog that paintings don't just jump off the conveyer belt and they don't always turn out right. And I was reminded, that the good paintings, those that slip from your hand onto the canvas as if by magic, far outweigh the bad.
Happy painting where ever you are!

Tuesday, 1 February 2011


Acrylic 6x6 on board

For years they've stood on the hill overlooking the Ayrshire landscape. Standing tall bleached more from the sharp winds than the sun, standing guard. The stories they could tell and the changes they've seen. I've painted them often from different angles, some have fallen and those left are showing they're age....but I never tire of them!