Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy Hogmanay



Wednesday, 26 December 2012

"Bruce - A Limousin bull" Oils 8x7

"Bruce - A Limousin bull"
Oils 8"x7"
I hope you all had a lovely day of celebration yesterday. Our celebrations with it just being me, my brother and Spike are pretty low key but enjoyable none the less. With an emphasis on eat and merry with the plus of the Dr Who special.
Today, Boxing Day racing from Kempton was the highlight with a wonderful and courageous race in this years King George. National Hunt racing at it's best, a tough slogging spectacle of courageous horses and jockeys. Long Run grabbing the spoils in a hard fought run from the last, and all home safe.
This morning before the excitement I noticed 'Bruce' sitting in the studio and couldn't resist putting him on the easel for the finishing touches. What a handsome fella he!
Now I shall retreat back to my comfy seat in front of the TV not sure what's on but hopefully a murder/mystery.

Monday, 24 December 2012

"Christmas Morn" Acrylic 8x8.5"

"Christmas Morn"
Acrylic 8x8.5"

Been a day of playing Santa so I thought I was going to run out of time doing this one and have to post tomorrow. I didn't and here it is, I will be back to bring in the new year but for now I wish each and everyone of you who looks in and those who make comments a very Merry Christmas. See ya in 2013 it's going to be a good year.
"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!" ~Charles Dickens

Sunday, 23 December 2012

"Rocks and Seaweed" Acrylic 8x8

"Rocks and Seaweed"
Acrylic 8x8
With Christmas almost upon us I thought I'd take some time out and relax. It would seem relaxing is not one of my strong points. By the time I'll have relaxed into time off mode we'll be into the New Year.
Seascapes, beaches e.t.c. are not my strong point either but rather than just accept that, I'm making a determined effort to get over it. So this morning I did this little beach scene from photographs I took a couple weeks back. I still have much to learn but I'm rather pleased with this effort...and it didn't feel anything like pulling!
Where ever you are reading this I hope you are finding time to relax and enjoy the Christmas spirit.... 

Friday, 21 December 2012

Happy Winter Solstice

"Brew me a cup for a winter's night.
For the wind howls loud and the furies fight;
Spice it with love and stir it with care,
And I'll toast our bright eyes,
my sweetheart fair."
~Minna Thomas Antrim
~Happy Winter Solstice~

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Setting Bruce aside for a bit....

Was going to wait and post this tomorrow but decided to do it tonight instead. Stuck for now as to where to go with it from here so will leave it aside for a bit and come back to it(definately need a different background). One thing's for sure I'm loving painting in oils and I'm keen to do bigger paintings of this fella and other bulls. Hope Santa reads my blog....I need larger brushes and another easel. Time now to relax and get into the Christmas spirit....a wee bit snow would be nice!

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." ~Norman Vincent Peale

Monday, 17 December 2012

"Mama Cass" 8x10 Oils

"Mama Cass"
Oils 8" x 10"

The secret is now out and I can at last share Mama Cass. Mama was a much beloved family member and loved by all in general. An all rounder from working hunter classes to film star (she played the part of a Highwayman's mount in a movie of which sadly I forget the name). Sadly she has long passed on so I had to work from photographs. They had to be squirreled away from her Mum as she was to be a surprise gift for a special birthday. Yesterday she was presented and I hear that Mum was delighted. 

I wish.....

I'd like to take this oppertunity to thank you all for the encouragement you give me through my blog. To those who have left comments I appreciate everything you write. And, to those who just look it's a comfort to know you are there and I'm not talking to! I feel I have let you all down a little this year as I haven't seemed in the right frame of mind to paint. I'm not really one for new year resolutions, I feel when you say them your mind somehow ticks them off as being done. So, this year I'll make a wish.......I wish will all my heart to be a proper artist again.
Thank's as always for looking in.....Elizabeth x

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Bruce...a work in progress


 Been hard going with Mr Bull, he's been wiped out and painted back in and parts wiped out again. Finally I started to find a rhythm this morning and feel I'm making some head way. Oils are so different from my usual acrylics but that just means I'll have to use them more. Thanks for looking in...

Saturday, 15 December 2012

From the Scrapbook....

Been quite a wee while since I've shown something from the scrapbook. This one is from my Munnings collection and not a horse in sight. Beautiful light sweeping across this Exmoor landscape....
Looking forward to a day at the easel tomorrow, hopefully with something to show for it at the end of the day.

Friday, 14 December 2012

My thoughts this evening are with those poor families in Newton, Connecticut whose lives have been changed forever.

Too much Christmas spirit.....


A little two much Christmas spirit....well that's my excuse, meant I wiped off all the work I did on Bruce yesterday morning when I got to the starting in oils stage. I was over cooking, maybe that's a little insensitive when discussing a beef! Hopefully not all is lost and I'll be able to salvage something but as I'm always saying doing is learning. I'm also thinking big lads like these need bigger paintings, a bit finicky working in a small scale. There I am thinking big again, just get this one finished first.
A good time was had last night with two good friends, nice food, a wee drink and much laughter and sillyness. Isn't that what Christmas spirit is all!

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Bruce a Limousin....

Started this work in progress today of a Limousin Bull (Bruce). Pretty rough start in arcylic but I will carry on now in oils. He's a lovely boy and I'm looking forward to try and catch his likeness and rich auburn colour.
Thanks for looking in.....

Monday, 10 December 2012

Grumpy starling...

"A laugh is a smile that bursts." ~Mary H. Waldrip

I had such a laugh at the expression on this Starling's face when he caught me taking his photograph. He looked proper grumpy lol!

Friday, 7 December 2012

Escaping the norm.....

Delivering paintings is always a treat, I get to meet up again with those who intrust me to do a good job. I also get to see their faces when they see what I've done, it's a nice feeling to know you've brought joy to someone. Today had the added bonus of a beautiful coastline, which although cold I enjoyed immensely. Even though it might seem I'm playing hookie, just you wait, some of this inspiration is going to rub off.....

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Finished the moo study....

Finished the scketch of the moo I've been working on. Pleased with it but theres room for improvement, as always. One thing I did find was it was good for winding down with between the paintings I'm working on. So I guess you can expect a few more pencil and paper studies......
Hope your having a great weekend where ever you are and thanks for taking a look.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

"Brisk Barassie" Acrylic 8x8

"Brisk Barassie"
Acrylic 8x8
On Tuesday I played hooky from the studio for an hour and took myself down to the nearest beach. After all the rain the winter sunshine was a welcome change. I say winter sunshine because although the sun shone there was no heat in it. That said the brisk wind coming in with the tide was refreshing, ok maybe a little too I like Barassie, because although it's open there's also a lot off interest from the grass dunes, the sandy beach and the coastline towards Irvine. Off courseTroon is next door and Arran in all her moods is very paintable. But for today its the beach, the tide and the grass dunes lit by the winter sun......the others I'll keep for another day.
Thanks as always for looking in.....

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

"Snow Blowing In" Acrylic 6x6

"Snow Blowing In"
Acrylic 6x6

This wee one is untitled at the moment as I've probably used up every snowscene title there is so will have to give it some thought. Any suggestions would be welcome :))
Thanks as always for taking a look......

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Back to the drawing board......the end is near...

Just managed a little this evening but we are nearing the end. It's a bit like getting to the end of a good book. You want to know the outcome but don't want it to end.....

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Back to the Drawing Board.....

Still working away in the background with pieces I can't show just yet but took a wee break this morning and worked on the drawing I started last week off the moo. I'm really loving working on this one trying to capture all the different textures and directions her coat takes.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Injured Jockey Club Fund Christmas Card....

Winter Wonderland - Peter Smith
Here I go again mentioning Christmas and November only part the way through. This time though it's for a good cause. The first Injured Jockey Club Christmas card I remember was when someone sent us a card with a painting on it by Susan Crawford. It was of Red Rum on the beach at Southport and I still have it in my scrapbook of paintings. I squirreled it away as soon as my mother took the cards down and before it was recycled in the bin. I can't remember how many years I've been buying them since (and I'm not sure I want too) but each year I get excited waiting to see whose work will be used. This year it's the work of an artist I've admired for many a year, Peter Smith. Both cards are typical of his work, full of colour and movement. So if you haven't yet bought your Christmas cards these are on sale from the Injured Jockey Fund website at £7.50 for a packet of 10 

Soft Light, Hard Frost - Peter Smith

Saturday, 17 November 2012

A less frantic path........

Those who follow my blog regularly will remember that I posted at the beginning of this month that I had reached my 800th blog. Well that got me thinking about the time I spend on my computer. I love blogging and since the very first post I was hooked. I enjoy sharing my paintings, my photos and my thoughts. I know there are those out there who also love Facebook, Twitter, the Pin thingy and Google +. I know everyone and their Granny is into social networking. I also know that some are able to use all these things to sell their work. But after trying very hard over the last few years the only thing I seem to have achieved is losing time from my day that could be better spent. That's not to say I haven't enjoyed 'meeting' some lovely people. I've appreciated all the lovely comments but feel the need to step away and take a less frantic path.
At the moment I'm working on commissions that for now I don't want to share ( but will asap), hence the photos of my wee feathered friends. They are having a great time on their new feed station. I normally hang their feeders on the cherry blossom tree but it's been so wet the grass was taking a beating. This is also a bit nearer the house, a better chance at some good
I'm also delighted to have been asked to take part in a group exhibition next year at the Aberfeldy Gallery. Myself, Stanley Bird, Sharon Mitchell and John Davie will exhibiting in August 2013, seems a long way away but I'll need 10/15 paintings so my thinking cap is already on.
Time though to relax for the rest of the day and watch the racing from Cheltenham. Thanks as always for popping in...... 

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Torrance Gallery Christmas Exhibition 1st December 2012 - 12th January 2013

These four will soon be taking a trip up to Edinburgh to take part in this years Christmas exhibition at the Torrance Gallery. The exhibition runs from 1st December 2012 until 12th January 2013.

"Dancing Irises"
Acrylic 16x16

"Somethings Brewing"
Acrylic 8x8

"Last Blink"
Acrylic 6x6

"Beach Grasses"
Acrylic 6x6

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

The therapy is working.......

Spent the beginning of the working day on what I thought would be a no problem landscape. It never pays to think as it was on and off so often I think if I ever get it done I'll call it Yo Yo. That said every painting is a learning curve and looking at what's still on the easel perhaps I'll be able to work a wonder on it tomorrow. So, rather than fret I just carried on with my new therapy.....a pencil and a sketch pad. I have to say I'm really enjoying this drawing each stroke of the pencil is like opening another piece of the :))
Thanks for dropping by.....

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Never too early for Christmas....

I was enjoying reading Sarah's blog at Mama Craft a little earlier. She was sharing photos of a lovely weekend break she had and how she visited a wonderful shop which was filled with Christmas treasures. She hoped it wasn't too early to start thinking about Christmas. Well today I couldn't resist this jolly wee Santa's never too early for Christmas. Ermm I also couldn't resist a lovely Poinsetta or the DVD of Bill Murray in was on offer :D
Thanks for dropping by......

Monday, 5 November 2012

Back To The Drawing Board

The saying 'back to the drawing board' is usually uttered when something has gone wrong. Nothing I've been painting at the moment pleases me, and with commissions on the go things are a bit fraught. So, today I decided enough is enough and literally got 'back to the drawing board'. I had a look through my photos and picked a lovely moo to draw. It's just a part of her face with the emphasis on her eye. The fact that there is no pressure has made it an enjoyable afternoon so I think this will be a week of paper, pencil and rubber and getting back to basics.
Thanks as always for dropping in for a!

Friday, 2 November 2012

Post No. 800......

"November's sky is chill and drear,
November's leaf is red and sear."
- Sir Walter Scott
** Can't believe it but this is my 800th post**

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

"Frozen Beach" Acrylic 6x6

"Frozen Beach"
Acrylic 6x6
Struggled photographing this one tonight the blue isn't quite as intense in the original. This is from one of the reference photos I took a couple of years back on Christmas Eve when the shore at Barassie, Troon froze. It was the most beautiful thing to see but my oh my was it cold. Christmas day was even worse as the roads werea sheet of ice. I had to walk through the fields to get to the horses because you couldn't walk on the path or road.
Thanks as always for looking in.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Glorious colour at and around Aberfeldy....


From top to bottom "Soothing Path", "Sketch of a Bull Calf", "Meadowsweet" and "Harvest Hedgerow" were delivered safely today to Aberfeldy. They'll be taking part in the Aberfeldy Gallery's Christmas Exhibition which opens this coming Saturday 3rd November and runs on until the 4th January 2013. I got a sneaky beak at some of the work that will be on display and it's going to be a wonderful show. If you get the chance to pop up this weekend you won't be disappointed plus you get to take in the glorious Autumn colours that are setting the Perthshire countryside aglow at the moment. The photos below don't even come close to the real thing. I don't think I've enjoyed a drive as much or seen it so beautiful....lifted my spirits no end.

Fastest duck's in the North they've had to put up a 30 m.p.h speed limit to curtail!