Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Sketch...Gale Queen of Kinfauns

Approx size 10" x 13" on Acrylic paper pad 10 x 14

After a wee spot in the garden letting the cares of the world drift off I sat at the easel. Only spent about half an hour but the paint just seemed to fall as I wanted it. Sketches I think give you a sense of freedom. The fact that if you make a complete bollocks of what your doing doesn't matter and allows you to loosen up. I could have gone on longer but made myself stop......should I carry on and do more or leave it as is.........
Thanks for looking :)

Wild Hyacinths

I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.
~Edna St. Vincent Millay

Monday, 27 February 2012

Bad light stopped play......

Had hoped to be a bit further on than this but it's such a dreicht day here. Even with a bright light lamp in the studio I'm stopping....or as they say in the cricket bad light stopped play. The eyes are not what they used to be I'm sad to say. Quite like working with this material it can take quite a bashing. Really sucks in the paint. Where it goes I have no idea because it's wafer thin...good for layering colour.
Thanks for looking in.....

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Doodling with Daler-Rowney Acrylic paper...

This Daler- Rowney pad of acrylic paper has been sitting in the studio for heaven knows how long. Thought I'd break the habit of collecting them and actually do something with it....smile. I know it's a very rough sketch but I'll work a bit on it tomorrow and see how it does. It actually has a nice canvas surface to it though not sure how it it would work with a lot of water.....I tend to use quite a dry brush.
The paper is actually pure white not blue as in the image. I've also removed the sheet from the pad and taped it on to my board with masking tape....so far there's no buckling.
Hope you all had a great weekend!


Saturday, 25 February 2012

Smiley Face....

"I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden". ~Ruth Stout

I have a happy smiley face this evening, looking out the kitchen window, the gaping hole which faced me has been filled. Mind you the garden still looks more like a tip than a garden, but, the feeling of living in a gold fish bowl has subsided :) The guys arrived at 9 o'clock and finished at around one. The wet weather we have had all this week and today has meant the grass has been pretty chewed up but I'm not complaining....honest! They took down the Rowan that had lived out it's time, strangely it looked small lying flat on the ground. Not sure what I'll put in it's place, but possibly something dark in colour to create a backdrop. The tired old.shed has still to be replaced but as a starving artist it will have to wait a wee bit, plants come first.....did I say I had a smiley face :))))
Have a great weekend where ever you are :))


Friday, 24 February 2012

"The sky, a perfect empty canvas, offers clouds nonetheless. They shift and drift and beg interpretation... such is the nature of art." ~Jeb Dickerson

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Horrible wet and windy day....saved this photo to remind me what it's like when the sun glows :D

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Study - Edge of Town after winning at Ayr

Study - Edge of Town after winning at Ayr
Oils 8x6
Private Collection
copyright Elizabeth McCrindle

Finished at last well a case of saying it's finished, but with every painting there is always something you can nibble and tweak at. This was inspired from photos I took a while back at Ayr Racecourse and is the Donald McCain trained Edge of Town. You might remember the wee painting "The Blues Boys" well that was him in the parade ring before the race, this is him cooling down after his win.
Now to decide what to do next I have  a few wee sketches ready to be taken further so might just be another horse.
Thanks for looking in.......

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Making New Memories....


My life for the next few months will be concentrated on my art and my garden. Yeah I know what a hard life....smile. That said I feel at the moment neither are firing on anything like full cylinders. The one good thing is if one isn't working the other can be my shoulder to lean on . The garden is much like starting a new painting. An almost blank canvas, with the storm damage done to the fencing a lot of shrubs were exsposed to the harsh winds and are lost. My handsome hydrangeas which originally came from my Papas will be the biggest loss. I've cut them back as far as I dare and will keep my fingers crossed that they will return. One of my Rowans has been damaged at the roots and is starting to lean and will have to come down :(. My Dad and I rescued them as saplings from a cruel landowner, mind you it was fortunate they were so thin as we had to make a run for the car with them......your all sworn to secrecy..OK! The last of the new fencing should be in place by next weekend and although it will be slatted it will give protection for many years to come. Then the garden can start to smile again and new memories will be created with new shrubs and plants. Days spent looking through garden magazines and visiting nurseries.......I'm getting to slow for quick getaways :))
So you'll forgive me if I don't post as often as I have in the past or if somedays it's just a line and a photo. You'll know I have my hands full making new memories for me in the garden or memories for someone else on canvas.
Have a great weekend and thanks loads for popping in.........

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Beautiful sunset

Beautiful sunset taken last night from the back garden can't ever remember such an intense sky

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Remember this one........

Remember this one, I looked back it was started on the 31st December. Then there was a wee whirl around the 14th January. It caught my eye this morning leaning against some boards and found it's way onto the easel. It can sometimes be a little daunting when you go back to something. The flow has been lost as has the mix of the paint. But I ignored the voice in my head saying you'll bugger it up. And you now what I didn't......
Thanks for dropping in.


"love is an endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit" ~ Peter Ustinov

Monday, 13 February 2012

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Handsome Boy

Was working away in the garden today, the fence between my neighbour Helen and I was put up yesterday. What a difference it makes doesn't feel so much like living in a goldfish bowl. Can't wait till they come back and put the fence up at top of the garden. While I was pottering away Helen's son arrived for a visit and brought his beautiful lurcher Joe with him. Light wasn't to good but I went in a got my camera and took some photos. He's a handsome boy and he's coming for a stay with Helen for a whole week......soon. Which means I might be able to get more and better shots of him.
Also worked on a couple of teeny weeny paintings for a Secret Art Exhibition being held in aid of the Injured Jockey Club and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. They have to measure 12cm x 13.5cm so they can fit in a CD case. The exhibition is being launched during this years Cheltenham National Hunt Festival and will carry on at other paticipating racecourses finishing at Kelso. As it's a secret can't post them at the moment.
Well hope it's been a good weekend and thanks for looking in.........

Friday, 10 February 2012

And now for something totally different.....

Way back around about Christmas time a couple of  artist friends and I  had a cyber chat about doing something different from our normal work. Linda Shantz, Sheona Hamilton Grant and I came up with the plan to capture an apple. Well time passed by and the idea kind off fell by the wayside until one day there is was...a blog post by Linda featuring a proper juicy apple. Then Sheona's appeared.... I'd run out off excuses. So a Royal Gala, well quite a few Royal Galas were purchased, lined up and this poor soul was the guinea pig......lol. I think the last apple I attempted was probably in high school but you know after the first few horrifying moments and adjustments to it's shape I enjoyed it. That said it tasted better than it looks....smile.
Have a great weekend and thanks for popping by......


Tuesday, 7 February 2012

"Barley Coming Through" Acrylic 8x8

"Barley Coming Through"
Acrylic 8x8
copyright Elizabeth McCrindle

This is the painting I started on Sunday which I was supposed to carry on with yesterday. The best laid plans and all that. Yesterday turned into a gorgeous day and I spent it in the garden, those who follow the blog will know that a lot of gale damage was done to my garden, only one line of fencing still standing. Yesterday saw me making a start to get it back in order. I have to say being out in the open air was a huge tonic for me even the fact that so much has been damaged my spirits were lifted. This morning I cracked on and finished this wee painting and although it went in and out of the uglies I'm delighted with the outcome.
Now to get another wee one started (something different), lunch ready and then back out into the garden.
Thanks for popping in for a look........

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Quiet weekend but made a start for tomorrow.....

I've had a quiet weekend catching up on a few chores and taking time out to relax. Then I thought I'd just come up and prepare for tomorrow. I sometimes find the getting started can take the longest, so no excuses I'm already to get going. Another landscape with a promise of summer......I'm now off to see who is for the chop in tonight's Dancing On Ice.
Hope you all having a great weekend and thanks for popping in....

Photos aren't the best but you get the idea :)


Thursday, 2 February 2012

Standing tall.........

I love the way the winter sun is hitting this old post, it's a favourite of mine and has been there in that spot for as long as I can remember. Standing tall against all weather and storms. My head was full of so much that I wanted to do today that in the end I accomplished nothing. Tomorrow I'll pay heed to the wee quote below......

Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned. ~Peter Marshall

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Abstract Landscape....

Abstract Landscape

Thought I'd try something a little different today my first abstract inspired by Googles Maps....sorry just a bit of leg pulling, had planned another wee landscape but my vision went a bit odd. This is actually my palette.... I know I'm a messy midden. That said maybe I should stick a frame on it, you just never know.
Hopefully normal service will be returned tomorrow.....