Thursday, 31 May 2012

At the Aberfeldy Gallery from the 9th June......

"Barley Coming Through" Acrylic 8x8 £250-

"Sail Past" Acrylic 6x6 £150-

"In the Shade" Acrylic 6x6 £150-

"Yellow Miles" Acrylic 6x6 £150-

While delivering paintings to the Dunkeld exhibition I'll be popping over to Aberfeldy ( with these four. The gallery does such a good job at selling my work they need another batch. While I'm there I'll get to soak in the scenery and atmosphere to help me come up with other ideas for paintings.......sure it's a hard!

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

"I don't like standard beauty - there is no beauty without strangeness." ~Karl Lagerfeld

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Dunkeld Cathedral Art Exhibition 21st June - 30th August

"Tree Tunnel" Acrylic 10x14 £300-

"Sketch of a bull calf" Acrylic 6x8 £225-

"Pinky - Charolais Bull" Acrylic 5x7 £150-

These three paintings will soon be winging their way further North to the wee village of Dunkeld. They will be taking part in the Dunkeld Cathedral Art Exhibition, which runs from the 21st June until 30th August. Looking forward to the drive up the countryside is quite beautiful.....will load the!

What do you think of my new friend the gorgeous George met him and some of his ladies this morning. He was a wee bit shy to begin with but curiosity wasn't long in getting the better of him. Looking forward to getting better shots of him :)

Monday, 28 May 2012

Zac - a work in progress

Zac - Acrylics a work in progress

Been quite a while since I've had a dog on my easel so I thought I'd change that this afternoon. This is Zac a lovely lurcher that belongs to my neighbours son. He's such a softy and I think that's already coming out in his portrait. Those lovely deep eyes and the soft ears that feel like velvet. These last few days have been overly warm, especially after the cold we were getting.....making it warm in the studio. But I've also been inspired by my surrounding countryside and the creatures found in it on my very early morning walks. Hopefully that inspiration will continue at the easel and there will paintings a plenty in the coming days and weeks.
Below and some of the sights and animals I came across this morning......

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Taking advantage........

Taking advantage off the fine weather we're getting over here and getting out and about with my camera. I was out the house this morning by 5.30 and I can't tell you what a pleasure it was...I even managed to bag lovely photos of a pair of partridge, notoriously shy, at the time in the morning they seem to accept you as one of!. Quiet time with nothing but the animals for company. I can recommend it's good for the soul, clears my head and let's me think about the way forward.

Friday, 25 May 2012

"The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example." ~Benjamin Disraeli

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Hare Today......

A rare wee treat this morning on my way home from my walk....a field with about eight hares in it. Stopped the car thinking they'll all scatter but no they happily nibbled on. You wouldn't believe the positions I had to get myself in to get these photos.....the commando training helped lol. The last one is my favourite taken after my cover was blown and they had all took off for the long grass and shrubbery....this one braved a look back to see no one was!

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Monday, 21 May 2012

Table turning.....

Last night's unwelcome visitor to the garden at the bird food......

Tonight's visitor......pest!

"Halexia - study of a Princess" Acrylic 8x8

"Halexia - study of a Princess"
Acrylic 8x8

This is as far as I'm going to go with this wee study. It was only ever meant to be a loose study to help get my artistic juices flowing, but ended up getting a bit more detailed than I had intended. Not that that really surprises me because oftener than not stopping once you eventually getting going can be the hard bit. Painted on gessoed hardboard I left the board white and used only two colours Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna.
Time now for a spot of lunch then I really must hoover out the inside of the car and give it a good wash.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Halexia....a work in progress

Did a little more work on the study of wee Halexia. Was supposed to be just a rough sketch but as always my hand got carried away. I am aiming in keeping it to just loose washes but you know what hands are like......
Rest of the day turned out pretty warm....leaping back in amazement, so I worked in the garden. Took out an Azalea that just wasn't ever going to be anything and another shrub which I can't remember it's name. I amazingly found a rose which had been forgotten, swamped by other things. At one time the whole of the garden at the front was filled with roses but I took them all out when Dad died (high maintenance) and they are all still florishing up at Andra's as far as I know. This is one of two that were given to my parents on their golden wedding anniversary. I won't know until it flowers (if it flowers) but it's either called 'Golden Wedding' or 'Princess of Wales'.
I also got visited by unwanted vermin in the shape of a rat...yeugh! Was washing dishes and happened to look out and there it was bold as brass in the bird feeder. Hopefully it's passing through after losing it's way.....or it's toast!
Hope you had a great weekend where ever you are......

Saturday, 19 May 2012

In the garden.....

First blink of sunshine for a few days, add to that it's the weekend so I took time off and spent it in the garden. Still a little cold for the time of year but once I got too digging and hoeing I wasn't long in heating up. Plus the wind we were getting was hitting the front of the house so I was sheltered. My neighbour is on holiday for a few days so I'm looking after her young plants which still need covered in the evening. A couple of these photos are from her garden.
Top photo was a nosey moo which suddenly discovered he could see me through the slatted fence. In fact if I had brought my camera out at the beginning I would have got a sea of faces peering through at me. They got bored when they discovered there was nothing for Second is a one legged starling who visits when there's food going. He/she seems to manage well enough with a missing limb. Number three is from Helen's garden, she has lots of quirky things in her garden I love this old wringer. Number four some would say a glorified weed, it's at the top of the garden where the most work is needing down. For now it can stay and it is pretty. And number five is Helen's huge hostas looking stunning in the sun.
Off now to put my feet up and a flick through a on the TV.....sigh!
Hope you've had a sunny day where ever you are.....

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Wee study before the day is over..... of a princess

Has been a pretty busy day here away from the easel but I was determinded to have something to show before bed. A very quick  and loose study of the newest addition to Rosalyn Serex's family. Rosalyn and her family breed the most stunning performance horses from the family farm in Perthshire I met Ros on facebook and have been drooling over her horses ever since. She also takes the most amazing photos and has kindly given me permission to use her photos of Halexia born just a couple of days ago. I'm going to enjoy this one.....

News from the Spring Shows.....

"High Summer"

"End of the Day"

"Reach for the Sky"

The weather might be a bit disappointing at the moment but I'm glad to say there's some cheer in the galleries. Both the Aberfeldy Gallery and the Torrance have had good sales in their Spring Exhibitions, which can only be good news. Good news for me is that "High Summer" and "End of the Day" were found new homes by the Aberfeldy Gallery and "Reach for the Sky" was snapped up at the Torrance Gallery. I love my