Friday, 30 March 2012

Feeling a bit better...

Some backlit brambles from my morning walk.

This morning felt a little more like March, the unseasonal heat we've been having was gone. In it's place was a sharp cutting wind much more in tune to what we are used to at this time. Perhaps that helped to lift my spirits for I feel brighter today. I've been working in the garden and have worked at the easel but I know it's going to take a wee while to get 'me' back. Will just pop in now and again so as you won't forget I'm looking forward to a nice weekend wrapping paintings for Mondays trip to Edinburgh but generally putting my feet up.
Have a great weekend where ever you are.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Time out......

Clocks changed here in the UK and we are officially in British Summertime. Even more surprsing it actually felt like summertime with folk out and about in March. Best just to grab it gratefully and not wonder why. Well, it would appear that the neck pain, tingling sensations and other odd things I've been experiancing  are stress related. Seems I need to take things easy for a bit. I did suggest a prescription of six months in the South of France. It would appear the National Health Service doesn't supply that...didn't think so but you don't get if you don't ask :)
Hope you have sunny days where ever you are.....I shall be back but ta ta fur noo.

Friday, 23 March 2012

Preparing for the Spring Exhibition at the Torrance Gallery.....

"Barley Coming Through" Acrylic 8x8 £250-

"The Blues Boys" Acrylic 6x8 £225

"Barley Coming Through" and "The Blues Boys" plus a couple of paintings I'm still working on will be off to Edinburgh a week this Monday. They will all be taking part in the Torrance Gallery's Spring Exhibition which runs from 7th April through to 6th May. Picking a couple of frames up from the framers tomorrow  to dress them up with. It's always exciting to see them in their frames, a good well choosen frame can bring a painting alive. Will show off the other two (larger pieces) when they're done.
Well I decided to go ahead with the photo blog as you will probably have noticed. These past few days though not firing on all cylinders (still in pain) have been happily spent...happy snapping. The feather shot below was just one of those moments. It wasn't much bigger than the top of my thumb, but the combination of it being brilliant white, dazzling sunshine and a slight breeze caught my attention....and imagination.I kinda love it. Hope you'll enjoy popping into the blog from time to time.....I love to show off the things I love....
Thanks for looking in....

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Pain in the neck....

After a lovely walk this morning I had hoped to continue with the tunnel of trees I started but find myself in rather a lot of neck pain. Can only assume that it's the after affects of over zealous gardening and will ease with some rest and pain killers. I'll be back at the easel soon.......meanwhile thought you might like this fine figure of a tree......

Mother Nature :)

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Spring Equinox

"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt." ~Margaret Atwood

Today is the Spring Equinox and what a fine first day of Spring it was. I made it to Aberfeldy today and the paintings are delivered ready for the opening on Saturday. Unfortunately as I was driving through Glasgow I realised my camera was sitting on my kitchen table.......a lot of good it was there. So sorry no photos, you'll just have to take my word for how pretty the landscape was :)

Monday, 19 March 2012

Wasn't the day it was supposed to be

Today was supposed to be spent delivering work to the Aberfeldy Gallery. Instead I ended up in a dark room was a boomer of a headache. Not as fuzzy now so I had a go at making a start to this one. It should end up as a country path winding through a tunnel of trees but perhaps my eyes aren't as good as they should be.
Fingers crossed I'll make Aberfeldy tomorrow :)

Sunday, 18 March 2012

It's Mother's Day in the UK....

Today is Mother's Day here in the UK, so I thought I'd post a photo of my Mum that I found in a box of photos (which I'm always going to sift through and put in order). It says on the back that it was taken at Lesmahagow. So I'm guessing it was on a visit to Uncle Hughie and Aunt Kate's. Uncle Hughie being my Papas brother. My Mum passed away on 16th March 2007 just missing Mother's Day of that year and just a few weeks short of her 80th birthday. It's a strange thing but when I was younger I used get annoyed when folk would say "your so like your Mum". Or I would answer the phone and whoever was on the other end  would say "you sound so like your Mum". Now, I smile when I catch a glimpse of her in the mirror when I sort my hair or put my make up on. I also smile when I say something she would have said in just the same voice. So, hug your Mum close today on Mother's Day. But if like me you can't, then take comfort in knowing she'll always be there in your smile and laughter.

A surprisingly hard frost this morning. Nippy but beautiful, thank God I didn't plant the new currant bushes I bought yesterday. I do miss sharing my photos, though I don't want to go back to overcrowding what is essentially my art blog....I might start another photo blog?? I'll think about it and let you know. And you can let me know if you would enjoy one or not.
Enjoy what's left of your weekend. I've got paintings to wrap, a car to wash, some work in the garden and a should I or shouldn't I hold off planting the currant bushes........MORE PHOTOS.....

Saturday, 17 March 2012

New Frame

Picked up a couple of frames today from my framer at Gallery 2 in Kilmarnock. One is a new moulding which I picked especially for "High Summer". I'm delivering the paintings to Aberfeldy on Monday for the Spring Show. Really pleased with this new frame and wanted to share. Not a great photo as theres reflection from the window but, if gives you an idea. I find it so exciting when I put my paintings in their frames. A bit like them getting all dressed up for the ball :)


Sorry this is the closest to a shamrock I could I always feel that of all the patron saints days St Patricks is shared generously by everyone whether your Irish or not. An excuse to party. The last four days I've been enjoying the Cheltenham Festival along with the usual large contingent of Irish. Because St Patricks Day fell on a Saturday this year Thursday was dubbed St Patricks Thursday.....just another excuse to celebrate lol. Where ever you are in the world today I hope your enjoying the fun and the parades.
Getting back to Cheltenham it was an absolute joy to watch the Lucinda Russell trained Brindisi Breeze win the Albert Bartlett Stayers Hurdle. Always up at the front from start to finish, this not overly big fella was a pure joy to watch. Like a wee Thomas the Tank engine he steamed round the course popping the hurdles as if they weren't there...with a perfect 'engine' driver in Campbell Gillies. So well deserved for a dedicated hard working yard.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

"Reach for the Sky" Acrylic 6x6

"Reach For The Sky"
Acrylic 6x6

I love these tall trees, some are showing their age a little and are a bit wizened. Oh the stories they could tell.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Having computer problems will be back as soon as I get to the bottom of!

Monday, 12 March 2012

"Summer Shadows" Acrylic 6x6

"Summer Shadows"
Acrylic 6x6
Available from my website

This one might be a bit rushed as I wanted it posted this evening or maybe better discribed as spontaneous. I am going to make a concentrated effort to post a piece of art every other day. I was going to say every day but that's just way too much pressure. And, when I say art it might not be finished, it might just be a scribbled idea but it'll be art. You may also have noticed this one, like the wee foal study is available for a limited time at 50 GB pounds. Well that's because I've decided that all my wee 6x6 paintings will be offered on my website at 50 GB pounds for 7 days. It's a great oppertunity to start or add to your original art collection.
Well I'm off to bed as got to get my work done early tomorrow as Cheltenham National Hunt Festival begins. I'll be glued to the TV in the afternoon, just want to send my good wishes to team Russell and connections. Hope you bring back some of the spoils but mostly come home safe.
Thanks as always for dropping in.

Love this Naughty Scottie garden ornament that belongs to my

Sunday, 11 March 2012

"Foal Study" Acrylic 6x6

"Foal Study"
Acrylic 6x6

I cried yesterday, the reason for my tears, totally irrational I know but there are new horses in the yard. My yard or that was how it felt. Actually they've been there since before Christmas, the other day I drove past and a grey face was looking out of Tara's stable(it stung a little). But yesterday the grey and it's wee friend were out in the field, for the first time. I saw them when I was driving to Crosshouse for milk and rolls. I had got myself out of the habit of looking up when I was coming or going to Crosshouse. And, I had got myself out of the habit of looking out the studio window for the golden girl with the sun kissed mane. But yesterday seemed to bring everything to an end, a dot in the i and a cross in the t. So I cried.
Today, no tears but it did make me think of how quickly the last twenty seven years have passed and that I really should be concentrating on how best to use the So today I threw out every piece of art that I know in my heart of hearts doesn't make the muster....felt good, in fact it felt GREAT!!! The wee 6x6 above was orginally a larger piece but I had never been happy with the foals legs...over long for the body. But the head was so pretty I downsized it. Then off course I had to put it on the easel and tweak it a bit here and there....I like it now. So here's the deal for the next 7 days it'll be available on my website for 50 GB pounds unframed/shipping free.
I'm off to think a bit more....enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

Saturday, 10 March 2012's a secret...

"The Future"
Acrylic 13.5cm x 12cm
copyright Elizabeth McCrindle

This wee darling is part of a big secret which will be let out of the bag next week. All hush, hush for now so keep it strictly between you and me. A Secret Art Exhibition will be touring some of National Hunt Racings top racecourses. Starting at next weeks Cheltenham National Hunt Festival and finishing at Kelso in the Borders. Myself and numerous artists all over the country and beyond were asked to contribute a small piece of art which could be fitted in a CD holder (12cm x 13.5cm). The secret being each piece is signed on the back so you don't know whose art your buying.....a bit like guessing which cup the pea is All the money raised will be donated to The Injured Jockey Fund and the Multiple Sclerosis Society both worthy causes of the money raised.
Hope your having a great weekend and thanks for popping in for a look.

Friday, 9 March 2012

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

In the post....

....this morning was the lovely invite for the Aberfeldy Gallery's Spring Exhibition 2012. It's exciting to be hanging with so many talented Scottish Artists in this the Year of Creative Scotland

Click on the images for a larger picture.....

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Beauty in simplicity....

Even in the bleakest landscape the artist's eye can find colour and pattern, was drawn to this bare birch sapling this morning on my walk......

Worked some at the easel, a small secret and a larger landscape, I'll share in due course :)


Deactivated is probably a good way to discribe me at the moment but the deactivate is as in my Facebook Account. I had considered deleting it but who knows perhaps down the line I'll want to go back to it. For now I just want a quiet life, walking, pottering in the garden, taking photos and time at the easel. Some thing is not quite in kilter but perhaps a good Spring and Summer doing what I enjoy is what's needed to put it right. The longer days are sure to make a difference.

Photos from the top.... 1.a very ancient hawthorn which looked marvelously knarled in this mornings sunshine. 2. Lichen covered hawthorn already showing buds. 3 and 4 a very chirpy wee robin singing his morning song, just for me. 5. A fencepost wearing his St Patrick's Day bonnet. In the garden 6. Flowers on my pieris 'flame of the forest' 7. A very defiant flower on my severely storm damaged Forsythia and 8. My beautiful fairy queen Uonaidh.

Good news today from the Aberfeldy Gallery is that "The Burn" has found a new home.

Thanks as always for taking the time to look in and for listening to my rambles. Rest assured I'll never deactivate My Blog

** Post Note....this post is technically Mondays post, I was late in getting to my Blog and missed the witching hour :))

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Aberfeldy Gallery Spring Exhibition

Cotton Wool Clouds
Acrylic 6x6

"Big Sky"
Acrylic 6x8

"End of the Day"
Acrylic 6x6

"High Summer"
Acrylic 8x8
£250- Sold

The four above are taking part in the Aberfeldy Gallery's Spring Exhibition which opens at the end of this month. The Exhibition runs from 24th March through to 6th May. Anyone interested in the paintings or the exhibition should contact the gallery direct

Have a great weekend where ever and what ever your doing..........

Thursday, 1 March 2012