Saturday, 31 December 2011

From the Old to the New..........

Started this wee doodle late this afternoon, if you look closely you'll notice my signature in the centre of the horses face. It was a piece of cut up board that was lying in the studio. I bit of a kismet moment as the old year finishes and the new year this old painting starts afresh.
Wishing you all A Happy and Healthy 2012 and thank you for all the lovely comments left throughout 2011.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

New Website.......

"Sun on the Birch"
Acrylic 16x16

Enjoying a little break for the holidays and I hope those looking in are able to take a little time out to just chill. Plans are afoot for the incoming new year but I'll dicuss that later in another post. Meanwhile I thought you might all like to know that I have a new website address. Figured I was going to need a bit more space to show off all the new paintings I'll be producing in 2012. It's still a work in progress but I hope you'll like it as much as I do.....

See you next!

Sunday, 18 December 2011

"Winter Tracks" Acrylic 6x6

Had an enjoyable afternoon bringing together this wee snowscape. We don't actually have snow at the moment just ice. But everywhere around us has had varying degrees of dusting. This is just an impressionistic idea straight out off my head by remembering what I've seen. It's sometimes just nice and relaxing to let your imagination to the work........"Winter Tracks" Acrylic 6x6.
Thanks for popping in.....

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Not a good start....

Ok, this morning wasn't my best morning. Yesterday and into the night we had another nasty weatherfront, the second in less than a week. I woke this morning to discover that I had lost (as in unrepairable) 12 panels of fencing. Why is it when you finally think things are getting a bit better you get the rug pulled out from under. Feeling a bit as if I had been battered I drove into town to meet up with my friend Jane. Her grandaughter Mirren was singing with the rest off her class at our local supermarket. All the primary schools in the area take turns to sing Carols at this time of the year. I have to say it was just the tonic I needed. To see and hear the joy in their hearts and voices lifted my spirit. They only had a one hour slot and it flew in, I could have stood another hour listening and cough cough joining in.
As I wandered round the supermarket afterwards for a few odds and ends the fence disappeared to the back of my mind. I bought a couple of my favourite magazines came home and sat down and watched a Christmas movie on TV. The fence can wait.......

Isn't Mirren gorgeous in her Santa hat.....

Hair Style

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Part of the furniture........

I try to hang my paintings around the house while they are waiting for their forever homes. It's helpful in stopping the frame getting damaged (very easy to kick them on passing even when wrapped). Plus if someone calls and asks what I have they get a better idea seeing them hung. Occasionally though some fit into a space so well they become part of the furniture. This is one of those, it has been on show but I think it deliberately gets itself hung in a unflattering spot so it get's to come back home...."Arran Has Snow" Acrylic 20x20.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Ok I know you might feel as if you've had a wee bit too much whiskey if you look at this one too long. But there's something I like about it's difficult to photograph a fibre optic :)

One of my wee Christmas tealights.....

How like a queen comes forth the lonely Moon
From the slow opening curtains of the clouds
Walking in beauty to her midnight throne!
~George Croly

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Winter came down to our home one night
Quietly pirouetting in on silvery toed slippers of snow,
And we, were children once again.
~ Bill Morgan Jnr ~

Thursday, 8 December 2011

I'll Huff and I'll Puff and I'll Blow Your House Down....

......well that's what it feels like at the moment. I'm in my 'cave' working away at new paintings. Plus trying unsuccessfully to ignore the wind that is battering the side of the house. I've already been out and moved anything that could turn into a missile behind the hedge and against the fence. That said the fence doesn't look too healthy...eeek!
There's been more photos on show than paintings over the last few days but the paintings will come....eventually. In the meantime here is one from the archives, can only be Hurricane Jack. Incidently Jack left everyone in his slipstream on Monday at Musselburgh winning from start to finish in a 3 mile chase. Well done to all his Might be on a go slow for a little while...but I will be back. Keep warm where ever you are and thanks for popping in.

"Hurricane Jack"
Oils 24x20

Soft eye...

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Just realised I hadn't posted on Monday so you get two for one today........

All lit these defiant leaves that refuse to let go and add little spots of colour on an otherwise bleak day......

Gold but cold.......

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Season's Greetings.....

It's hard to believe we are at this time of year again, where do the months fly. This year hasn't been the greatest so in a sense I'm happy it's nearing it's end. But, if nothing else I'm an optimist so I'm ready to grasp the new year with both hands with the feeling it will be the best yet. I'd just like to take this oppertunity to thank you all for the lovely comments you've left in this past year. They continue to give me encouragement when things get a little wobbly or when self doubt whispers in my ear.....THANK YOU :))

Time now to get Christmas started...........

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Art thou the bird whom man loves best
The pious bird with the scarlet breast
Our little Robin;
The bird that comes about our doors
When Autumn winds are sobbing!

~ William Wordsworth ~

Friday, 2 December 2011

Mini Mammoth a work in progress........

Have to say I've struggled a bit with this one this morning feel a bit rusty. The only way to combat that is to paint more. Less time spent on the computer looking at how everyone else paints and more time spent focusing on my own should

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Busy day but scraped together a work in progress...

Been a busy day today but I was determined to at least put pencil to paper, if not paint. The outcome a rough pencil drawing sealed with burnt sienna.Those of you who are familar with my blog will most likely know the subject matter of the work in progress. Without me giving away any I know from emails and comments that you enjoyed his stories and shared in my sorrow when he lost his brave fight. I have many photos and doodles of the little big man but until now I couldn't motivate myself to paint him again....until tonight. For those who haven't had the pleasure of Dougals charm below is one I did earlier. There will be a few works in progress over the comings days/weeks...just to keep you on your toes. So you'll just have to keep looking in......:)