Thursday, 28 June 2012

A Walk in the Rain...

On the slow road to China

Rain Drops keep falling....

Elderberry florish....

A soggy but very pretty rose....

Tracks through the fields to the farm...

Pint sized....for an idea how small check out the barb on the wire for a comparison...

A moo peering in the window of the car....

Was raining this morning, that straight up and down rain that's good for the garden and the crops but is never the less wet. I needed out of the house though to clear my head and raise my spirits. The rain makes everything feel fresher it was beautiful, the birds were happily singing and everything had that earthy wonder it makes things grow. The perfume from the wild flowers takes on a headiness and that in turn seeps into your body making things good again at least for a while.
Where ever you are today I hope you do something just for you that freshens your spirit....

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

A Sad Loss......

"Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow."
~ Anon

This morning I woke to the sad news that Campbell Gillies had died in a tragic accident while on  holiday in Greece. I didn't know Campbell personally but through reading about him in Lucinda's blog and seeing him many times at the races. Like many others who follow racing I felt I knew him and will remember him as a smiler with a cheeky twinkle in his eye. And I will never forget what must go down as his finest ride when winning on Brindisi Breeze at Cheltenham (photo) in March. Who would have considered that both would now no longer be with us. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family and friends and too his second family at Arlary (((hugs))). RIP Campbell x

The Hooves of the Horse ~ William Henry Ogilvie

The hoofs of the horses! — Oh! witching and sweet
Is the music earth steals from the iron-shod feet;
No whisper of lover, no trilling of bird
Can stir me as hoofs of the horses have stirred.

They spurn disappointment and trample despair,
And drown with their drum-beats the challenge of care;
With scarlet and silk for their banners above,
They are swifter than Fortune and sweeter than Love.

On the wings of the morning they gather and fly,
In the hush of the night-time I hear them go by —
The horses of memory thundering through
With flashing white fetlocks all wet with the dew.

When you lay me to slumber no spot you can choose
But will ring to the rhythm of galloping shoes,
And under the daisies no grave be so deep
But the hoofs of the horses shall sound in my sleep.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Study - Silks

Just a wee practice today, taking myself out of my comfort zone and painting a very small study of a jockey. I did enjoy it and will do more but probably a bit bigger than this one (5"x4.5"). I might have to eat my words but it's so much more difficult to paint this subject small than large......thanks as always for looking in.....

Thursday, 21 June 2012

"Quiet Spot" Acrylic 7x8

"Quiet Spot"
Acrylic 7 x 8

Finished this one off this evening and after looking at it renamed it "Quiet Spot" as opposed to the riverbank. Sometimes naming a painting can be as difficult as painting it. This one became easy when I stepped back from the easel and was transported back to the morning I first saw this scene. Was just me on the bridge looking down on the stream, it was so quiet except for the happy chirping of the birds. Nothing soothes my mind more than being out amongst nature.....

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Working Title Riverbank

Thought I'd have another shot at water and reflections so started this today. It will probably chop and change as I go on but I'm trying for a babbling stream through a summer meadow feel...don't fall!

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Father's Day

Charles Kelly McCrindle
28th February 1925 - 23rd December 2002

Loved Forever My Dad x

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Calf doodle.......

Ok I know you could barely even call this a doodle but I started late and my eyes are just too tired. In my defence I have been cutting and priming boards but I did say I'd do a little something every day...this hopefully is as little as it will ever get.......

Friday, 15 June 2012

Back in an Australian legend!

This is just a little fun piece I worked on today I really am trying to get into the swing of doing something everyday. That of course doesn't necessary mean it's going to make the website or head of to an exhibition. It's just me trying to get my eye's back in training. Painting is no different from doing physical excercise. You have to keep at it to develop your skill at draughtmanship, mixing paint, seeing the finished piece in your minds eye until it all becomes a second nature. Time off generally means it takes a little while to get back in the swing. It also usually means a grouchy frame of mind and the fear that you'll never paint another decent painting.....hopefully that never happens. The photograph makes this seem much sharper in colour than it actually is especially the sky it's a lot softer.
Well I'm now off to make a wee cup of tea, with a biccie. Have a great weekend whatever your doing and thanks as always for popping in....

The legend that is Black Caviar
 copyright Michael Smithson

Nearly could I, wonderful photographer and facebook friend Michael Smithson was out at an ungodly hour this morning in Newmarket for a meeting with the Queen. No not HM but the Queen of Australian turf whoosh and you've missed her Black Caviar or Nelly to her friends. She's flown over to run in next weeks Royal Ascot. There's been huge hype surrounding her but Nelly just carrys on totally unperturbed by all the fuss,,,,looking pretty awesome.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Moo sketch.....

Had intended posting the wee landscape I was working but sadly it's got a bit ugly so will have to wait for another time.So instead I doodled in my sketch pad and came up with a moo.....dairy moo to be precise. Not the easiest of subjects but rewarding if you get it right and practice makes perfect. What a skeleton they have up and down like a fair ground attraction. This lady is planned in as a future painting......something to look forward too!
Thanks for looking in....                          

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

"Making Tracks" Acrylic 24" x24"

"Making Tracks"
Acrylic 24" x 24"

It would seem the larger the painting the harder it is to photograph it but I wanted to show the finished painting today. I'll try for a better photo in better light but I am much better pleased now with the finished piece. During last weeks Diamond Jubilee there was a programme about the writing and putting together the song 'Sing' to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. It was a very moving documentry and pretty humbling when you saw the difficulties some of the muscians taking part went through to create their music. Gary Barlow of Take That fame produced and wrote the song and in the programme he was forced to think about his own music. He realised that some where along the road his music had become a job and he had lost some of the sheer love of creating and making music. I have been feeling like that myself with my art. I need to fall in love with painting again, not easy in a cash starved world. But, surely the more heart that goes into creating a painting the more attention it will!
Below some images from the garden something else I've rekindled the flame with. It's amazing how the afternoon or evening can dwindle away when pottering in the fresh air amongst your plants.
I hope you've been loving and having fun with whatever you've been doing today, thanks as always for popping in....

**Post note got a better image of "Making Tracks"**

Monday, 11 June 2012

Making progress.......

Worked on this larger landscape (24x24) that I decided needed altering(didn't like the foreground, as you can see by the bottom picture). I had left it sitting in the studio at a level where I couldn't avoid looking at it every day. If you stare at something often enough it usually lets you know what the next stage has to be. I had already decided it needed a sweeping action to lead you into the painting and muddy tracks seemed the best way to go. But, when I started working today I felt the green in the foreground were too blue and it made the painting I put some more ochre's in to give the painting a warmer feel. I'll leave it for today but it gives me a good feel and hopefully I'll finish it off tomorrow.
Thanks as always for looking in......

Friday, 8 June 2012

Zac finished and signed off.......

"Zac" Acrylic 8x8 NFS

This afternoon I sat myself down and finished off Zac's portrait. As with just about every painting you'll ever do there will always be a wee tweak here or there that you could do. But, I picked up my slimmest brush and signed my's done. It's been ages since I painted a dog and I have to say I really enjoyed it...guess that means your going to be seeing!

Pinky (above) should be all packed up ready with the other paintings that I'll be heading of up North with tomorrow. Sadly due to a senior moment by the artist he's stuck in the studio. Collected two frames yesterday and got home to discover I'd given my framer the wrong measurements. A 6x7 painting just can't squeeze into a 5x7 frame. Never mind his day to shine will come and I've now got a new frame waiting for a new 5x7 painting.......another wee coo perhaps.
Have a great weekend whatever your doing and thanks for popping in.......

Monday, 4 June 2012

Zac the lurcher a work in progress

Zac acrylic 8x8 work in progress

Worked a bit on the study of Zac this afternoon, I'll be honest and say it really wasn't deliberate that I did him on a blue background. Truth is I had actually intended doing a landscape the day I started him and just used the board that was already prepared. Have to say I'm glad I did as I think it really compliments him.
Beautiful day here today and the two photos below were from my walk this morning prove it. It would seem that Scotland is getting the best of the weather if yesterday's viewing of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations are anything to go by. The flotilla of boats on the Thames got it pretty soggy but what a trooper the Queen is, at 86 years young she stood waving too all that past for the whole 90 minutes. 

Sunday, 3 June 2012

"What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade."
- Gertrude Jekyll