Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Colour, Light and Soaring temperatures

Had a wonderful day today delivering my work for the upcoming Save The Children Art Exhibition. The venue is the lovely Maclaurin Galleries situated in Rozelle Park. Today couldn'dt have been a better day to visit the park, can you believe it 25C in September, in Scotland. I've been to Rozelle many times and always enjoy but there was a magic there today. Vibrant colours and fantastic light it was like being set loose in a chocolate factory....see for yourself......

Monday, 26 September 2011


"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life" ~ Pablo Picasso

What a glorious day it's been here and if the weather forecast is anything to go by there's more to come. An Indian Summer some say. Well, time will tell but I made the best of it by getting out and about gathering up inspiration.

You will also have noticed a little a spot of decorating on the Blog thought the walls needed a little brightening up. To a bright new

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Quiet day in the studio......

........wrapping paintings for up and coming exhibitions. "Quiet Space" and "Morning Sun" are off to the Maclaurin Galleries, Ayr on Wednesday. There's a nice little tea room at Rozelle House next door or perhaps a wee visit to Dobbies Garden Centre. Then following Thursday it's handing in for the Retail Trust Art Exhibition, "Hazy Lazy", "Changing" and "Sketch of a Bull Calf" are taking part in that one. It's at Pollockshields Burgh Halls situated in Maxwell Park. I love a wee walk round the park and a visit to the pond, more beautiful autumn colours. And off course while delivering I'll have a chat with artist friends.

"Quiet Space"
Acrylic 16x16 £500-

"Morning Sun"
Acrylic 6x8 £225-

"Hazy, Lazy"
Acrylic 8x8 £250-

Acrylic 6x6 £150-

"Sketch of a Bull Calf"
Acrylic 6x8 £200-

Saturday, 24 September 2011



Golden Morn

Heavy Skies

Sycamore Pods


Winter Woollies


Amber Eye

Me and my camera had a lovely couple of hours this morning taking in the start of Autumns colours. Clouded over once or twice and there were two or three spits of rain, but nothing could dampen my spirit at my favourite time of year.

Enjoy some of the sights..........

Friday, 23 September 2011

"Shadow" Acrylic 6x6

Acrylic 6x6 ( on board)

Took reference photographs of this pretty boy last week and managed to get myself bogged down doing it. Was most embarrassing for a seasoned country girl like me to end up well and truly stuck in the sheugh. Sheugh by the way, for you non Scots is a scottish word for a grass verge on a country road or a ditch. I should have known with all the rain we had been having it was going to be a bit soggy. Sunday morning, first thing, which meant there wasn't another living soul for miles around. Off course all the moos arrived at the gate for a look and a laugh, plus two wee accusing furball faces at the back window. After a few attempts trying to go back then forward with no traction either way I noticed a bundle of old feed bags. Just the ticket, stuffed them front and behind the wheel and prayed. Bit of a slither and I was on firm ground, not very clean mind you but free. Needless to say I won't be doing that again in a hurry lol.
Got some good photos though so all was not lost. And the end result is a nice wee painting for the moo collection. Quite sure this fella is an Aberdeen cross, though he might just be full Aberdeen.
Thanks for looking in.....


"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking successive autumns." ~ George Eliot

Thursday, 22 September 2011

"Ivan" Acrylic Facebook changes

Acrylic 6x6 (on board)
£80- unframed (shipping free)
**Wee Moo Collection**

Poor Ivan has been in limbo for almost a week with only half a face....say awwww. Just been an up and down week one way or another. I'm really happy with how Ivan has turned out and look forward to doing more 'Wee Coos'. Did I say before that the wee coos are having a collection in their own right. All Wee Coos and all 6x6 so to start them off, I've decided to do a special offer on them. From now until Hogmanay, or 31st December to the only person on the planet who doesn't know, I'll be selling these at £80 (normal price is £100-). Add to that free shipping (worldwide) and I think you've got a great excuse to start/or add to your own art collection. Or you could purchase one as a gift to start someone elses.
At present I do have a Facebook presence but it is more a case of being there because everyone else....does that make me a sheep? I know there have been times on here where I've made my feelings about FB pretty clear. Well I've persevered over the last year and other than meeting some nice people it still hasn't rocked my boat. Yesterday, I would assume in competition with Google+ (which I'm not touching with a barge pole) it changed the goal posts again and has caused much consternation amongst even it's loyal followers. There is every chance that when the dust finally settles, (I hear there are to be further changes) everyone will settle down. I have to be honest and say my first reaction was stuff this I'm off. It's still my second, third and fourth one but I blame that on an Aries/Celtic combination lol. For now I'll do my own little experiment by seeing how much I get done in the freed time I'll have.
Thanks for popping in.


Friday, 16 September 2011

Made a start to my Wee Moo Collection....

Had hoped to have this one finished today but life got in the has an annoying habit of doing that sometime. For a while now I've been planning on doing a collection of wee moo paintings (as I have a whole stack of reference photos). My answer to Karin Jurick's wonderful mugshot series. First on the easel is this handsome Friesian bullock called Ivan. I don't suppose he actually has a name but he's Ivan to me.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Wee study

The eagle eyed of you will have noticed a few additions to the tabs at the top of the page. I think it looks nice to have everything under just one Blog. Plus hopefully it'll make it easier for you folks to follow what kind of paintings you like to view without having to scroll through reams of posts. Thoroughly enjoying myself at the moment doing wee studies. Excellant if your trying too loosen your work up. You can expect to be seeing a few more like this :)

~Private Collection UK~

Monday, 12 September 2011

Wet and Windy

Very wet and windy here today but I just pulled my hat down and my collar up and took my walk. Dogs never even lifted their heads from their beds, for fear I'd take them with me lol. I was rewarded with a little blink of sunshine for my troubles and managed to snap this lone crab apple. The wind is still fairly ripping round the corner of the house as I type this and some of the same is forecast for tomorrow. Summer has bowed her head

Saturday, 10 September 2011


Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try! ~Dr. Seuss

Friday, 9 September 2011

"Changing" Acrylic 6x6

Acrylic 6x6
Retail Trust Exhibition, Pollockshields. 7th-9th October

The subtle changes are starting in the countryside and in the garden. The vibrance of summer is burning itself out and trees, shrubs and grasses are changing their hue. At the moment looking out the studio window everything is dull and dreicht with the rain. But come the first blink of sunshine and the gold that's starting to creep in will lift the view and the spirits.
Whatever the weather is in your part of the world I hope this wee painting will lift your spirt.

Thanks for looking :)

Thursday, 8 September 2011

My friend's exhibition previews tomorrow......

"Sunlight and Shadow, Loch Fyne" by Helen Turner

Thought I'd share about my friend Helen's joint exhibition with Marion Drummond. It previews tomorrow at the Gullane Art Gallery in Gullane East Lothian (near Edinburgh if you don't have a clue). It then runs from 10th September - 2nd October. If you enjoy a feast of colour and light then here's the link to the exhibition....enjoy....

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

"A Silver Sea" Acrylic 6x6

"A Silver Sea"
Acrylic 6x6
£120- unframed

There are days when Arran disappears as if someone has pulled a curtain across it. Then there are evenings, when like the magic of Brigadoon it stands huge almost black against the sky, the sea before it a silver shimmer. On evenings like that or on a glorious sunset I can see it's peaks from my studio window, twelve miles away. I'll tackle the sunset another day, today I'll settle for the silver shimmer.
Thanks as always for looking in...........

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

"You'll remember me when the west wind moves
Upon the fields of barley
You'll forget the sun in his jealous sky
As we walk in the fields of gold"

Monday, 5 September 2011

Sketch of a Bull Calf Acrylic 6x8

"Sketch of a Bull Calf"
Acrylic 6x8

Just finished this wee sketch so literally hot off the easel. Took references of this wee guy last year I was attracted to his colouring which was various shades of reds and ochres very autumnal. It's far from perfect but then it isn't supposed to be. It's a rough sketch and a lesson for me in trying to capture the texture of his woollie coat. Always room for improvement but I'm happy and I've learnt something to take on to the next one.
Thanks as always for looking.

Beautiful Sunday......

.....I know I'm a date late with my title, was too tired last night to do the post. So before my day kicks off I thought I'd post it now. Was going to Dunkeld yesterday to pick up a painting and I couldn't have asked for a nicer day. Before I even got on the road I took the dogs for a spin...autumn is starting to dip it's brush in the paint and there are lots of little pockets of colour starting to pop up here and there.....I just had to share.

Had an equally good time in Dunkeld where the sunshine continued and brought out the best of the countryside. Don't know why they don't put more parking spaces off the motorway where people can stop and take in the views around them. Plus it's very frustrating for artists like me :D

The Atholl Fountain

Hobbit country

Narrow streets of Dunkeld built when cars were few and far between....

Sunkissed parkland

Where talls tree reach into the mountains

Very shy and twitchy deer, zoomed out as far as my wee camera allowed

Thistle wearing it's magical golden bonnet

Saturday, 3 September 2011

"Sal" Oil on Board 14x12

Oils on Board

Tweaking all done, a little alteration and stared at for hours.......finally decided it's done. Mind you after photographing it I noticed I hadn't signed much for hours of I do love this portrait, Sal has such a lovely expression and she's been a joy to paint, fingers crossed her Mum loves it too.

Thanks for looking in, hope you have a lovely weekend. I'm off to try and recover a bull calf from the uglies....wish me luck :)

Friday, 2 September 2011

Made some progress.......

Had other things to contend with this week but had fully intended getting this wee study finished today. Best laid plans and all that someone popped in for a chat so didn't get started till later on the day. Hope to get back to it tomorrow.......