Thursday, 30 June 2011


It's a sad day today in the studio, last night I learnt that sweet gentle Darcy had lost his bravely fought fight against Grass Sickness. Darcy and family feature in some larger commission pieces I'm working on. He was only four so it's equally sad that his potential will never be realised. He will  be remembered fondly by this artist and I'll never be able to buy a packet of polo mints without feeling his soft nose pushing my hand. My heart aches for Geoff and Joyce who have lost one of their 'bairns' and for Angie who has lost a friend......

"When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight." ~ Kahlil Gibran

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

WORKING STUDY - SILKS plus an eviction

Started this study today of a jockey after a race at Ayr, it's really his silks I'm interested in all those wrinkles and folds....and trying to capture the feel of silk......definately a work in progress.
This morning on my walks the farmers were busy getting the silage cut and in during this hot dry spell we're having. If only you could smell the cut hay wafting across the fields in the morning breeze. Unfortunately it meant that some of the lodgers had to be evicted. There were six of them at least but I concentrated on these two as I had a good idea they would head for the gate. This is when I really wish I had a better camera or at least SLR. As you can see at one point they were heading straight for me but they turned the moment they saw me and eventually found a way into the field on the other side. Was great too watch :)

Sunday, 26 June 2011


"Silver Sands"
copyright Elizabeth McCrindle.

Enjoying my wee break from routine, had fun doing this wee painting.

Friday, 24 June 2011

Summer last

Going to take a wee bit time off from blogging to enjoy what's left of the long summer days. I'll still be painting away so might pop in from time to time......when you least expect it :)

"There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom ~ Anais Nin

Thursday, 23 June 2011


Sorry there hasn't been much artwork (well my artwork) to look at over the last few days, just busy behind the scenes stuff. You'll just have to make do with photographs for now. This is bad boy Bruce, he's a Limousin bull with an eye for the ladies. Last week he decided to visit the girls across the road....oh he didn't just cross over the road he went into the burn (stream) under the bridge, demolished the fence that had been put up to keep the neighbours seperated and got into the field...James Bond eat your heart out lol. Bull on the other side wasn't too happy and there was some fisty cuffs...sadly I didn't have my camera with me that day. It was noisy a lot of bellowing and huffing and puffing (check out the grazed skin on his head). Ended quickly when the other bloke lost his footing and got a dunking in the burn. Bruce did a fair bit of macho prancing amongst  the girls....was short lived though and his Dad came and shooed him
The joys of a country

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Somethings are meant to be shared..... this juicy Munnings sketch.....


Amber and Pebble
Oil on canvas

I was doing a bit of tidying yesterday and unearthed this painting from the corner I had put it in. I'm sure most artists at some time or another have been lucky enough to have follow up commissions. Sometimes, those commissions can have a good few years in between them. The cringe factor happens when you are re- aquainted with the first painting and you see the errors screaming at you. All you want to do is take the painting in hand and alter them. But really that's only ego talking, stop and think how your style has improved and developed. Don't cringe, smile at what you've achieved.
The painting was done for my mother more years ago than I care too mention and was of two of the family pets Amber and Pebble. It's a strange thing but this and the painting I did of Tara are the only paintings I've done of my own animals (Dougal doesn't count as he didn't actually belong too me). Something I should perhaps address in the future plus a re-do of this

Tuesday, 21 June 2011


"Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all's right with the world." ~ Ada Louise Huxtable

Monday, 20 June 2011


Today I decided I deserved a quiet day, a day to recharge my batteries, an outside day. It started with a leisurely walk with the boys and my camera. A beautiful sunny morning far removed from the cold wet ones we've been having. Everything that could glisten, glistened this morning. I was particularly pleased with the shot of the wee green finch. These pocket rockets have been put on the planet to tease me, while their melodious tunes cheer my walk they are terribly shy....not too mention fast of the mark and almost impossible to photograph. As you can see by the pose he/she was just about to take flight.
The rest of the day I spent in the front garden, cutting grass and weeding, such a soothing pastime and good for the soul. Tonight I feel more relaxed than I have in a long time, tomorrow, well it looks like rain and I'll be back at the easel, recharged and ready for the challenge.

Saturday, 18 June 2011


"Middle of Somewhere"
Acrylic 6x6

Just one of these little doodles that somehow just appear before your eyes. In all honesty it started out as a view from Busbiehill but I drifted off course. This is what I call a makee upee, I like the texture in it.........

"Tomorrow is fresh, with no mistakes in it." ~ L.M. Montgomery

Friday, 17 June 2011


"Incoming Tide"
Acrylic 6x6

Was so relaxing just to be able to sit for an hour this morning and do this wee seascape. This week has been mixed up appointments and changing in medications. More appointments in the horizon so I'm just grabbing time at the easel when I can get it and it makes it all the more

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Love this wee chap.....

"Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place. But there is always a little corner that needs flapping around." ~ E. L. Konigsburg

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Monday, 13 June 2011

"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience" ~ Ralph Waldo Emmerson

Friday, 10 June 2011


"The Burn"
Acrylic 6x6
£150- framed SOLD

Was in the zone this afternoon painting this one. Sometimes you find yourself transported into the painting, hearing the bubbling noise the water makes on it's way through the fields and eventually to the sea. The fresh smell of earth and the perfume from the wildflowers on the bank. Not to forget the happy throng of birdsong, was a delight. Without blowing my trumpet too loud I'm rather pleased with this one :)


Was getting ready to wrap the paintings that are going to Dunkeld on Sunday when I thought I'd photograph them in their frames. Photos not to great as there was a lot of reflection to contend with but it gives an idea of how they look. Hoping it's going to be a nice sunny day like today and I'll try and get some photos taken while I'm there. The exhibition runs from 23rd June - 1st September and worth a visit if your in the area.
Paintings from the top:-

"Rough Grasses, Barassie Beach
Acrylic 6x6

"Distant Gold"
Acrylic 6x6

"Lady in Waiting"
Acrylic 6x6

Thursday, 9 June 2011


In my defence my head really isn't in the best place at the moment but a new Blog in this frame of mind was possibly not the best move. Already feeling very much out of kilter I just made things worse. It felt like throwing out those comfy pair of slippers you throw out befoe you've broken in the new ones. Barely a week and I've deleted the new Blog and come back to my comfy old one. I do hope I haven't confused you as much as I've confused myself with my going's and coming' just didn't feel right!

"Not Quite Ripe"
Acrylic  6x6
£150- framed