Monday, 29 August 2011

Study of a bull calf

Have been faffing about and really should have posted this before midnight, so think on this having been started on Sunday. Been eager to get started on some wee coo paintings for quite a while now, so this is the start of more to come. Maybe even a whole series. A rather chunky bull calf, pretty happy with the rough study so looking forward to getting back to it in the morning

Friday, 26 August 2011

Strange day today......

....weatherwise it started great, sunny and just perfect for my walk and foraging for inspiration.

Managed to find some very friendly cows...thinking about a whole series of coo paintings......

Even friendlier was this darling Welsh who gave me such a welcome when she saw me...there were shades of Cathy and Heathcliff as she came galloping across her paddock neighing at the top of her voice. The temptation was great but sadly, small and perfectly formed though she was she just didn't fit in the boot of the car......

It went downhill after that, heavy rain plus nasty thunder and lightening electricity went of for a few hours which meant I didn't get time at the easel...ho hum. Where ever you are I hope the weather is being kind to you and that you have a great weekend

Thursday, 25 August 2011

"I roamed the countryside searching for answers to things I did not understand" ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

"Quiet Space" Acrylic 16x16

"Quiet Space"
Acrylic 16x16

After taking care of chores that we artists have to do. Like go to the supermarket to replenish the bare cupboards. I finally managed to finish of the seascape I've been working on, well more of a beach scape. My apologies for the photograph, without blowing my own trumpet it doesn't do the piece justice. It is earmarked for the up and coming Save The Children Exhibition at the Maclaurin Galleries, where along with the other paintings there I hope it finds a new home and helps this wonderful organisation. Thanks for the title of the piece goes to Janey Lazenby one of my artist friends on Facebook who left some name suggestions and a lovely comment...thanks again Janey.

This evening sees the preview of Art Off The Square in Kilbarchan, commitments at home mean I won't manage but as it looks like being a beautiful evening I'm sure it will draw in quite a crowd.

I saw this wee guy this morning on my walk. Perched on top of one of those enormous round bales that pop up every where now ( bring back wee bales) , I couldn't resist snapping his picture. Isn't it funny at times when you do something a memory floods back. I was smiling to myself at the scale of this tiny wee bird against the round bale. A memory of another day came into my mind of me as a wee girl of about six at a family outing at Kilmaurs Show. I was feeling really chuffed with myself having managed to get myself in the saddle of a show jumper while it was waiting for it's class to start. It belonged to someone my Papa knew and I felt like Elizabeth Taylor on The Pie in the Grand National beaming from ear to ear, my Papa turned to my Mum and said "Look at her she's like a pea on a piano"......a bit like that wee

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

More Progress

Made some progress on this one this afternoon so thought I'd post it too. The blues are not quite as intense in the original as here but it's a beggar to photograph. Hoping to get it finished tomorrow by adding somemore sparkle to the right hand side. Then I'll have to think of a name for it....that's sometimes the hardest part :)

"Morning Sun" Acrylic 6x8

"Morning Sun"
Acrylic 6x8
This is one of my favourite spots on the countrywalk. It's a view from what I call the metal bridge, truth is the only metal part is the railing across the top. I've probably mentioned before but the countrywalk I take most mornings was originally a railway line. The bridge I cross now is new and the remnants of the old bridge can still be seen from it, though nature is reclaiming it bit by bit. This group of trees sit at the end of the field where theres a turn in the burn, the heavy growth along the bank means you can't actually see the burn in this painting but I think it still has a feel of it being there (or perhaps it's because I know its there). I love the way the morning sun catches the lighter tree and the shadows of the other trees on the field. This one will be taking it's place at the Save The Children Exhibition alongside the other one I'm working on....

This morning I was trying to capture the spider's webs on a patch of wild flowers that are winding down for the year. The webs never came out the way I wanted but look what I found hiding in amongst the flowers.....a ladybird...made my day :)

Monday, 22 August 2011


The changes have been subtle but they have begun. On my walks over the weekend I noticed a stillness that's hard to put a finger on. But when you really look the signs are there, the trees look a little more tired, though they haven't been at their best this year (bitter cold winds in April burnt the fresh new leaves). The wild flowers are out of control and spent, though still beautiful in a wizened kind of way. Then theres the birds gobbling up what's left of the seeds.
The top photo of Arran does nothing to capture how it looked in real time, there are days when you can't see it and others when it feels I could reach out and touch it. The colours are changing and as an artist I'm looking forward to capturing it......then sharing it.

PS Doesn't that rooster think he's the bees knees

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Making a start on the paintings for Save The Children

Started work today on the first of two paintings I'll be exhibiting at this years Save The Children Exhibition at the Maclaurin Galleries. This is a larger version of the 6x6 (Silver Sands) I did a little while back. Really enjoying it, a bit more relaxing than portaiture work.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

"Changing Colours, St Mary's Loch" Acrylic 8x8

"Changing Colours, St Mary's Loch"
Acrylic 8x8

Another from the archives...St Mary's Loch is near Selkirk in the Scottish borders. This makes me think it's time I paid the area another visit. The days are shortening and the colours will be changing soon.

Saturday, 13 August 2011


"Going To Get Wet"
Acrylic 6x6
£150- sold

Sorry been a little distracted from my blog this past wee while but will be back soon........:)

Sunday, 7 August 2011

"Rough Day" Acrylic 5x7

"Rough Day"
Acrylic 5x7

Been a bit of a wet and cold day today, feeling a little more like November than August. Because of that I think I might have gone overboard with the rough skies and seas on this wee seascape. You can take my word for it though, it gets pretty choppy on the beach and those idiots, I mean enthusiasts :)) on the yachts are braver than me.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Nearly there, just some tweaking.......

Almost there with Sal, worked on it for a couple of hours today and have got the board covered. I'll now leave it to dry some and then come back and start tweaking here and there. Pretty happy at the moment and trying hard not to be a nit picker. I always think two of the hardest things about painting is making the first mark and knowing when to stop!

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Almost done......

Getting near to completing Sal's portrait, taking progress photos helps me to notice things I might miss on the easel. Perhaps being so close to the easel when  painting means I miss something. It becomes glaringly obvious when I see it on the screen. On another note I thankfully seem to have got over the physical problems I was having with oils...phew so this should be done this weekend.