Thursday, 31 March 2011

BIT OF A PANIC WITH OILS...Sal's portrait a work in progress.

Progress continued today with the lovely Sal after a bit of a panic. After years of painting with oils I've developed a reaction to them, not handy when your an artist. Most of my work these days is with acrylics so perhaps this is part of the reason. After having had a nasty bout of flu I was a little apprehensive of going back to oils. So I armed myself with rubber gloves and a face mask and it was definately much better. I'm guessing though I won't be doing any demos in oil anytime soon as I hate to think how I look lol. Bit of a pain though is I like blending bits of my work with my fingers, thats out with the rubber gloves. Guess it's a small price to pay if I can get the work done. At least the effects don't last long after I stop......any suggestions would be greatfully recieved!


"Turning Colour"

Acrylic 6x6


"As Far As"

Acrylic 8x8


"Hazy, Lazy"

Acrylic 8x8


"Blue Haze"

Acrylic 16x16


These are the four paintings I'll be taking this coming Monday to the Torrance Gallery, Edinburgh. The Spring Exhibition at the Torrance Gallery opens on 9th April. A lovely little gallery sitting about mid way on Dundas Street, it's a family run gallery and well worth a visit. Previews on the 8th April 6pm - 8pm and the 9th April 11am - 1pm. New paintings by over 60 gallery artists plus a selection of Jewellery, Sculpture and Glass.


The first of the charolais calfs made her public appearence on Tuesday, isn't she a sweet wee darling. Hard to believe she'll grow into a big muckle Loved the bottom shot where her ear tags look enormous fortunately her ears will grow into them lol.

Time now to crack the whip and get some work done....thanks for looking in.


Monday, 28 March 2011


Follow the Tracks

"Ewe looking at me?"

Frosted Hare

"A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctors book" ~ Irish Proverb

Feeling a whole lot better today but delayed my trip up North to Aberfeldy and will go tomorrow. Today was spent out in the fresh air, first on my walk and then in the garden. Will be back at the easel on Wednesday :))

Thanks for looking and hope your all having a sniffle free day.

Sunday, 27 March 2011


Into the Light

Spring Catkins Togetherness
Morning Chorus


Golden Whin

The clocks sprung forward here today in the UK, and although it has dulled over it was a lovely sunny walk this morning first thing. Have had a really nasty flu bug to contend with this week so haven't been at my best or most productive. In fact I wasn't productive at all. My walk this morning has really lifted my spirits ( I hope the photos lift yours) and although I missed a much needed hour in bed, the thought of it being longer daylight, more than makes up for it. You really don't need to be an artist to appreciate what's around you everywhere, just take a little time to look. I would say most of my ideas are sprung during my morning walk. It could be something I've seen then, or the quiet and solitude lets my brain seperate all the stuff that's swimming around vying for attention, I don't know, but my morning walk is priceless to me. I also got to thinking as I was coughing my lungs up, how fragile our lifes really are. I know that sounds a little dramatic but when your not feeling to good it's not always postivtive thoughts that are floating in your head. I made a promise to my self that when I feel better things are going to change. Not sure how yet but it will involve smelling roses :)


Tuesday, 22 March 2011


"Sail Past"
Acrylic 6x6

Thought I'd get back into the swing with one or two small paintings before getting back to the commissions. You tend to get into a rhythm when your painting and when you miss a couple of days at the easel the rhythm can be broken. When that happens I sometimes find myself a little rusty. I do not want to risk making a dogs dinner of paintings I've started so I'll limber up first. This seemed to be heading for the bin in the beginning, the sky was way too fussy, changed to a bigger brush and it turned the whole painting around....well I like it and that's more than half the battle!
I'm not much of a sailor and don't know the first thing about yachts but I do like to watch them dancing around in the sea off the Marina at Largs. Looks a lot of fun but it would need to be a bigger yacht than these too tempt me too take part.
Thanks for looking.

Monday, 21 March 2011

"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra" ~ Jimmy Johnson

Saturday, 19 March 2011


Without counting my chickens or should I say sparrows, it really felt like Spring today. Little touch of frost on the ground followed by sunshine was beautiful taking my walk this morning. But, it was arriving at the yard that I knew Spring had arrived, the boy sparrows (top photo) were letting each other know who was boss and what part of the hedge belonged to who. Serious stuff, don't let the cutesy look fool you they take no prisoners and make one hell off a noise. The fight scenes were all blurred so you'll have to take my word for it. Little princess (bottom photo) pretended not to notice or care and sat demurely on her twig, smile. I'm looking forward to the industrious home making when some of the bolder ones come and steal Tara's moulting winter coat when I'm grooming her. The dashing around looking for insects and such to feed the little ones and finally the wee ones all chubby and fluffy making an appearance. What I don't look forward to is the Magpies snatching some the little ones suffice to say that's nature and we have to accept the good with the bad.
Thanks for looking.

Friday, 18 March 2011


"A Dusting of Snow"
Acrylic 8x8

Well that's Cheltenham over for another year and I think this has probably been the most exciting yet. Mind you I probably said that last year, I always think that Cheltenham heralds the end of winter, though here in the North we do still get the odd flurry of the white stuff.

No distractions now until April so I can get my head down and start doing instead of saying :)
Have a great weekend and thanks for taking the time to look in.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

"AUTUMN, BUSBIEHILL" ACRYLIC 8X8....I confess I left my post to watch Cheltenham.

"Autumn, Busbiehill"
Acrylic 8x8
from the archives
A very familiar view to me that I see every day in all seasons and weather, just a few yards from where Tara is stabled. Ok! I confess, I left my post this afternoon and watched the racing from Cheltenham. Was a wonderful days racing with the handsome Big Bucks regaining his crown. Better warn you I'll be plunking of tomorrow as well to watch the Gold Cup but I'll work over the weekend to make up for
Happy St Patrick's Day to all my Irish friends and folllowers..........

Wednesday, 16 March 2011


For those who enjoy looking at the paintings without having to read my ramblings I've reserected the virtual gallery blog Elizabeth McCrindle's Art From Scotland Gallery. I've been having issues with the pages Equine, Landscapes and Farm Animals so I've brought the blog back. I actually think it looks nicer plus gives all the details about the paintings and where you can find or purchase them. It's not completely updated at the moment but I'll be adding to it daily. There will be a link at the top of the page but for those who would like to follow the blog you'll find links on the side bar of the Blog.
You will still be able to find paintings by subject on this blog on the the righthand sidebar.

Elizabeth McCrindle

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED......and covered in blue paint

The invitation card arrived today for the up and coming exhibition at the Aberfeldy Gallery's Spring Exhibition. Thought I'd scan it and share just so as you know the talented bunch of artists I'm rubbing shoulders with. It also means if your in that neck of the woods on the the 1st and 2nd April you should drop in at the opening viewings where a glass of wine will be on offer as well as a lovely array of work.

Today I played hookie from the easel and joined a group of pre-school kids for some fun with paint. Marion McIntyre their teacher asked me quite a while back if I would come and talk to the kids about art. I said yes, but as it was getting closer I was having reservations about the whole idea. I needn't have worried we had a ball. We had fun painting from photos the kids had brought in of their pets which included guinea pigs, a rabbit called Fudge, a cat called Smidge, the sweetest wee Lhasa Apso called Holly and an actual real live hamster called Nibbles who slept through the whole din (I think he was pretending, just didin't want to get covered in paint). The smell of poster paint took me back to my own childhood.....a few years back cough, cough :). I'm relieved that poster paint comes of easily as I seemed to find myself with blue paint just about everywhere, looking like an extra from Braveheart. There were lots of funny moments but my favourite had to be one wee boy who told he had painted a tiger and it had orange, black and white stripes. "Wow", I said "and did you paint it in the jungle" he sighed and gave me that, you stupid adult look, "No", he said "I painted it here." It took all my strength to keep a straight face.
Tomorrow will be back to normal and a little less messy at the easel. Thanks for popping in.

Monday, 14 March 2011


"Whiter Shade of Pale"
from the archives
It's official I get withdrawl symptoms if I don't write my Blog. I guess mostly because the Blog isn't just a way of promoting my work to me, it's my diary. It struck me while looking back through the archives of paintings I've done, how much I've actually forgotten about early work. Blogging means it's all there in black and white, not to mention glorious tecnicolour to jog the grey cells. There are the larger pieces that will always stick out in my mind but some of the smaller ones get lost in the mist of time. And talking of time you really do lose track of it when your having fun....this is my third year of blogging.
The pastel above I do remember, it was done on MDF which is a strange surface to do pastel on. I actually started it in acrylics but it just wasn't working and for some reason rather than scrap it I started using pastel pencils on top. Just goes to show you don't need to confine yourself to one medium. It sold a few years back through the Torrance Gallery to a buyer from London.
Well back to the easel and some other greys, thanks as always for looking in and reading my rambles :)

Sunday, 13 March 2011

"SHADOWS ON THE CORN"....just letting it go!

"Shadows on the Corn"
Acrylic 6x6
from the archives

Not sure if I've posted this landscape before, if I did it must be way back at the beginning of my of my foray into blogging. I know that I'm guilty of saying this is one of my favourites. Truth is their all my favourites if they've reached the stage where I've shared them. I just love the simplicity of it French Ultramarine, Sap Green, Cad. Yellow, a hint of Naples Yellow in the sky and a few dots of Tit. White. Back in 1996 when I started painting full time I had never painted a landscape but I wasn't long in finding that there weren't many galleries willing to take paintings of horses. My first attempts at landscapes were quite frankly awful. But, I kept at it, started to relax, let go and developed a style for the landscapes that's quite different from my equine portraits. A looser more impressionistic feel where every leaf and blade of grass is suggested rather than painstakingly crafted. Now I'm trying to develop so that both styles will merge, it isn't quite there yet but I'll keep at it and fight the urge to paint every hair. Hopefully next year at this time I'll see a difference in the work I post here.
Hope you've had a great weekend and thanks for looking in.

Saturday, 12 March 2011


Mon Talisman
Sir Alfred Munnings
Owned by Martinez de Hoz's
From my scrapbook..... before computers and such, this is what I turned to when my concentration started to ebb. I've collected a scrapbook of paintings taken from magazines e.t.c. for along as I can remember. Not quite the same as going to a Gallery and seeing the real thing but a good way to discover how artists painted a subject, and not as much eye strain as a computer screen. Progress, I am pleased to say is also coming along on the paintings.
I can't post without mentioning what has been happening in our world. My heart is truly heavy for all the lost souls and the unbearable suffering in Japan, I wonder when it will all end :)

Thursday, 10 March 2011


"Evening Light, Pittenweem"
Acrylic 8x8
Unfortunately not a pot of gold but still a mislaid treasure. This was done a couple of years back and I unearthed it today while clearing some stuff from the studio, so I thought I'd share. Pittenweem is a little fishing village on the east coast of Scotland near St Andrews. Very rocky coast line dotted with lots of little fishing villages with quirky little cottages painted in bright colours.
Will be absent for a wee while from my blog. I've got commissions that really need my undivided attention. I need some quiet time to just paint, forget computers have been invented or there's such thing's as Facebook, Twitter and whatever and if I even need them in my life.
Be back soon.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011


"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the winds blow cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade ~ Charles Dickens
Feeling a little under par today so have been snuggled up in the chair all day, except for attending to the four legged friends.

Monday, 7 March 2011


"Hazy, Lazy"
Acrylic 8x8


Lazy, hazy crazy days of summer, we wish, but until then we can dream. I love those kind of days when the light is intense and the countryside is swathed in greenery, forty shades of it so the Irish say. Me I love the hazy blue greens in the distance that make the white washed farm buildings ping. Wasn't sure if this was finished so I didn't sign it, but the more I look it, I think it's done.
Thanks for looking.


"Flooded Field nr Aberfeldy"
Acrylic 6x6
"Harvest Tracks, Perthshire"
Acrylic 6x6

"Summer Sparkle"
Acrylic 6x6

"Time To Rest"
Acrylic 6x8

1st April - 6th May
These are the four paintings that will be representing me in the exhibition, please contact the gallery about these works. They will be in the gallery from the 29th March.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Saturday, 5 March 2011


"Ripples and Reflections"
Acrylic 16x16 on board
This is the duck pond at Rozelle in Ayr and it was painted a good few years ago. The tree is no longer there having been brought down by storms and maybe that's one of the reasons I've never gone out of my way to find the painting a new home. Everytime I take paintings to exhibitions at the Maclaurin and pass the pond on the way in, it never fails to surprise me when the spot where the tree stood is empty, perhaps that's why it seems to have become a part of the furniture. It is for sale and it has been exhibited, even at Rozelle, but it always finds it's way back home to the top of the stair.

Thanks as always for looking in.


Friday, 4 March 2011


"Early Morning"
Acrylic 16x16
From the Archives


"Low Cloud on North Beach"
Acrylic 16x16 on board
Busy day today catching up with household duties, paperwork e.t.c, time flies when your having fun (at the easel). Just as well the weekend is on us and weather permitting the garden might get some attention too. Hope you all have a good weekend.

Thursday, 3 March 2011


Worked on Sal's portrait today and although progress is a little slow I'm happy with how it is going.......can you tell I love painting horses? When I started painting back when we used cave walls instead of canvas, I worked only in oils and pastels. I have a full set of beautiful Rembrant pastels which haven't seen light of day since before I had a computer, rest assured typing that makes me feel guilty. But I digress from what I was going to say. One of the reasons I am so slow working with oils is when I started working as a full time artist I developed a reaction too them. After years of working with them they started to affect my Asthma. I started using odor free solvents (Bartoline seem to work best) which helped with the breathing, but now it's a stinging sensation on my hands and lips......I swear I'm not eating them. So it's stop and start which can be very frustrating as I love everything about working with them. Perhaps I was bad in a past life and this is pay back. You now know why I use acrylics so much......boy where they hard to master. But just like everything practice makes perfect, you just have to hang in there till you conquer it.
Just in case you haven't noticed I've added pages to the top of the Blog which makes it a bit more like a website. Hopefully this will make your visit here a bit easier. If your looking for horse paintings or landscapes they're easier to find now by checking the page and scrolling through. Just images without my prattling. I've also added one for my photographs, those who have followed my Blog will remember my other blog Images From Scotland. I had stop the blog because it was taking me away from my work, I know that some missed the photos so this is a mini one.
Well I'm off now to bring Tara in and tuck her in for the night, it's so much better now that the days are starting to have longer light. Thanks as always for looking in.
**Just a reminder that you only have a few days left to pick up a bargain at invest in art.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011


"Edge of Summer"
Acrylic 6x8 on board
Not available

These last few days have had a feel of Spring, not so much to look at everything is still pretty dowdy. The feeling comes from inside, the same feeling I guess the animals and plants get....something is changing. The change in trees and plants is a little more subtle and it will be a couple of weeks before the change will be visable. The animals are different especially the birds I've noticed their chatter is louder as if they truly have something to sing about. The wee guy in the photo below is a Yellow Hammer and as I was taking the photo he was singing his heart out and mushy though that may be made my heart sing a little too.
The painting is just one of the little spots of landscapes dotted around where I live. Something to tide us over until 'real' summer shows her head. I never tire of painting them. Thanks for looking in and remember I enjoy your feedback.
"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome" - Anne Bradstreet