Monday, 30 January 2012



I know those arriving on the blog expecting paintings and getting photographs will be a bit disappointed. It's just how things are right now, the paintings will come, sometimes in little bursts and sometimes spaced out. But this is all part of my process taking the photos help to inspire the paintings. Plus I like them and it's my!!
Was a particularly pretty morning this morning, after the mild temps we've been having things are brisking up......

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Oh what a beautiful morning..........

Feel a little chirpier this morning than I have of late...been a bit of a grumble bum. This morning was cold with a very nippy frost, I had to scrape my windscreen. But the sky was glorious gave me a smile for the rest of the day. So, where ever you are ((((smile))))......

Friday, 27 January 2012

"High Summer" Acrylic 8x8

"High Summer"
Acrylic 8x8
copyright Elizabeth McCrindle

These days I seem to have trouble making up my mind, so this might be finished but I'll leave it over the weekend before I sign it.....sigh!!

*Post note*
Had a good look at this one last night and today (Saturday) and you know what.....I really like it so it's a keeper. Well not a keeper as such, first to ask and it's of to a new home, other than that it'll be in one of the up coming Spring exhibitions. 

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Yon Wild Mossy Mountains ~ Robert Burns 25th January ~ 21st July 1796

In celebration of the Bard's birthday......

Yon wild mossy mountains sae lofty and wide,
That nurse in their bosom the youth o' the Clyde,
Where the grouse lead their coveys thro' the heather to feed,
And the shepherd tends his flock as he pipes on his reed.

Not Gowrie's rich valley, nor Forth's sunny shores,
To me hae the charms o'yon wild, mossy moors;
For there, by a lanely, sequestered stream,
Besides a sweet lassie, my thought and my dream.

Amang thae wild mountains shall still be my path,
Ilk stream foaming down its ain green, narrow strath;
For there, wi' my lassie, the day lang I rove,
While o'er us unheeded flie the swift hours o'love.

She is not the fairest, altho' she is fair;
O' nice education but sma' is her share;
Her parentage humble as humble can be;
But I lo'e the dear lassie because she lo'es me.

To Beauty what man but maun yield him a prize,
In her armour of glances, and blushes, and sighs?
And when wit and refinement hae polish'd her darts,
They dazzle our een, as they flie to our hearts.

But kindness, sweet kindness, in the fond-sparkling e'e,
Has lustre outshining the diamond to me;
And the heart beating love as I'm clasp'd in her arms,
O, these are my lassie's all-conquering charms!

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

"It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts." ~K.T. Jong

Tuesday, 17 January 2012


We've been having some frosty weather these last few days so I've been putting out extra rations for the birds. I got my reward when this handsome Blackbird posed for a photo love his bright orange beak.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Hard Going

Working title "The Winner"
copyright Elizabeth McCrindle

Worked a little on the wee painting I started at the beginning of the year. I've been painting so long in acrylics I feel as if I'm doing this one left handed. It's going to take a wee while to get into working with oils again. Everything feels different, mixing colour and how long it takes to dry. Plus I think it's also a confidence thing, but I guess it's just about putting in the hours. Just have to have a few going at the same time. So it looks as if your going to be jumping around from one painting to another with me. Will be working on some acrylics as the Spring exhibitions will be coming soon so that's something to look forward too.
Thanks for dropping in.....

Friday, 13 January 2012

Frosted Hydrangea

"I can enjoy society in a room; but out of doors, nature is company enough for me." ~William Hazlitt

Thursday, 12 January 2012

From the Scrapbook - John Emms "Resting After The Hunt"

I have no idea where the week has gone, but gone it has. Most of it has been spent looking for fencing to replace what was flattened by the storms. Mulling over what to pick, sparred fencing seems the sensible way to go as it's more wind friendly. I lost all five panels at the top of the garden another six between me and one neighbour and thankfully though miraculously only one on the other side. It was an odd sized piece as it was between the gate and the wall of the house so. my Uncle made me a new one to fit. I painted it yesterday with Autumn Red wood preserver. All was going well until I noticed Joshua out of the corner of my eye heading towards me and the fence. I was just about to tell him no he would get covered in paint, when I saw his feet and legs. Being blind he hadn't seen the lid of the paint on the path (my fault should have sat it on the table) and had walked right through it. Off course he had also had a wee wander as well and there were red paw marks everywhere. I'm surprised my blood pressure isn't off the scales lol.
Hoping to get some easel time tomorrow and the weekend. Meanwhile here's one from the scrapbook by John Emms called "Resting After The Hunt", great colour and composition.
Thanks for looking in........

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Naked Trees...

This mornings sunrise.....

Have to say over the last few weeks of appalling weather and because I no longer have a horse depending on me....I've turned into a bit of a hot house plant. But today there was a brief blink of sunshine so I pulled on my walking boots and headed out. Sunshine yes, anything like warm, not on your nellie, it was baltic. My body still hasn't quite recovered from almost being halved by the icy wind that was hurtling down the country walk....I've turned into a softie lol. In my defense my trusty jacket that had seen me through many Scottish winters left when Tara left....couldn't bear to wear it anymore. It's replacement is next to useless and even with a few layers underneath didn't stop the chill it will have to be replaced. Moaning done with, it was great to be out in the overfresh air and I was happy to see that more or less all the old trees have survived the gales. Unfortunately there wasn't much to photograph, very bleak mid All the farm animals are safely tucked away in nice cosy sheds not even a sheep in sight. I know through experiance that even in a few weeks changes will be afoot and my camera will start clicking away.
Hope your having a lovely weekend where ever you may be and staying snug...thanks for dropping in.

"Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them." ~A.A. Milne

Thursday, 5 January 2012

"The Coast" Acrylic 6x6

This wee one has been wiped on and off all day but I think I'm finally happy with it. Colours in the painting are not as bright here at the moment. Strange weather we've been having, I feel we are needing a lamp on virtually all day. "The Coast" Acrylic 6x6.
Thanks for looking in......

Monday, 2 January 2012

Cotton Wool Clouds Acrylic 6x6

Took down the Christmas decorations today in an attempt to get back to normality. The house feels a little strange without her baubles. Add to that the last few days have been a bit dull and today was no different. So, to brighten myself up I did a sunny landscape swamped with a big cotton wool ball sky. Instant! "Cotton Wool Clouds" Acrylic 6x6 £150 sold.... copyright Elizabeth McCrindle

Sunday, 1 January 2012


Working title for this oil study is "The Winner"
copyright Elizabeth McCrindle
Don't do resolutions, but I like the idea I got from a post made on Facebook by Kimberly Santini ( Painting A Dog A Day) to pick a word for the year. This years word for me is growing. Growing as an artist, developing my skills and portfolio, growing as a person and finding the me that I know is in there. The last few years have been a rollercoaster full of ups and downs but I've got me a big torch and there IS a light at the end of the tunnel.
I'm so loving how this wee study is progressing but then I do love painting
Thanks for looking in......