Sunday, 29 December 2013

More doodling.....

Another doodle, in fact there might be a few doodles over the coming days and weeks. Feeling a wee bit rusty and the only cure for that is elbow! I understand that Munnings sketched, sketched and then sketched some more. If it was good enough for him then it's good enough for me!

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Wishing You a Merry Christmas....

"Christmas Shopping, Glasgow"
Peter Foyle
Got this lovely Christmas card from Fiona and Peter Foyle, the husband and wife team who own the lovely Framework Gallery in Troon. This is one of Peter's own paintings and I just love the festive feel it has. Not only is he a talented painter but a darn good framer with a great eye for what suits a painting, He's been a huge help to me this year, helping to pick just the right frame for my paintings. I'm looking forward to exhibiting in the gallery again next year, where I hope we'll have continued success.
I'd also like to take this oppertunity to wish everyone who reads the blog a very Merry Christmas and hope that tomorrow will be a wonderful day for you all.....hope Santa is good to you.
Thanks for looking in.....

Monday, 23 December 2013

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Friday, 20 December 2013

Babyface - a two minute doodle

Super quick wee pencil doodle, two minutes max of a cute but cheeky wee babyface before bed. That's me not her, she'll have been tucked up long ago. This little lady is not so little as when this reference was taken but I hear still cheeky.

Been a busy day today getting last minute Christmas stuff done, everything ticked off the list just the veggies to get but leaving them till Monday. Had a nice morning sharing stories with my bestest friend Jane in her lovely new mincemeat pies with cream and some melt in the mouth shortbread delish, very festive!

Thursday, 19 December 2013


I'm not really one for horoscopes, I mean I can get through the day without having to read mine in a daily newspaper. But, my January edition of Woman and Home magazine horoscope section struck a cord......

"This is a new year you'll not easily forget. Some Arians will be celebrating an amazing offer: others will be preparing to leave behind an old way of life. Either way you're off to a great start."

Well I'm not sure what the amazing offer could be. But, in the last eleven years my way of life has changed so much that I sometimes look in the mirror and wonder who I am. So, maybe it is time to leave an old way of life behind and start to build a new one. I've given up the thought of owning another horse. Impossible both financially and through caring for my brother. I can though continue to enjoy them from an artist's perspective. Without a doubt the best and happiest move I've made this year was the arrival of my two dogs Buddy and Lily. Both have brightened the daily routine with their funny antics and unconditional love. I need animals in my life to be truly happy. And, the hunger to paint though still not as strong as it was IS coming back and that more than anything is something to strive for in the new year and beyond. Horoscopes are ok, for a bit of fun, or to make us think. But, we need to make our own!

"Tide's Out"
Acrylic 6"x6"
Sold recently through the Framework Gallery, Troon

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

"Life is an endless struggle full of frustrations and challenges, but eventually you find a hair stylist you like." ~ Anon

Sunday, 8 December 2013

September in February....

"The Morning Ride" ~ Sir Alfred Munnings
Finally got around to watching "September in February" this evening. I have to say it was a bit of a disappointment and ploddy. It certainly didn't favour Munnings very much, portraying him as a not too nice person. It's saving grace was the wonderul scenery and off course a few Munnings paintings to look at. The lovely painting above was the painting given by Munnings to Gilbert Evans, Munnings rival in the 'love triangle' stole the!

Saturday, 7 December 2013

"Spring, summer, and fall fill us with hope; winter alone reminds us of the human condition." ~Mignon McLaughlin

Friday, 6 December 2013

"What a severe yet master artist old Winter is.... No longer the canvas and the pigments, but the marble and the chisel." ~John Burroughs

Thursday, 5 December 2013

"Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time." ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

From the scapbook...

"Going out at Salisbury" - Peter Biegel

A look through the scrapbook today as my mojo seems to be having a holiday. Another of my favourite artists the late Peter Biegel. Didn't he have a great eye for capturing the moment. You can feel the coiled excitement as the lad is about to let his horse off onto the course....gorgeous!
Well if the weather people are right tomorrow we are either going to be blown away or smothered in snow. If I can pick I'll take the snow much nicer for!

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

"There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you.... In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself." ~Ruth Stout

Monday, 2 December 2013

"Ayrshire's Big Skies and Rolling Fields" Acrylic 8"x8"

"Ayrshire's Big Skies and Rolling Fields"
Acrylic 8"x8"
Was something of a relief to able to just sit and paint this today after the awful tragedy in Glasgow this weekend. The loss of loved ones is difficult at anytime but is a little harder to bare during the festive period. I lost my Dad 11 years ago on 23rd December and although I can still enjoy the lead up and celebrations and little of the sparkle has been rubbed off. My heart  hurts so much for the families who have lost their loved ones in such tragic circumstances.
Where ever you are hug those you love close.......

Sunday, 1 December 2013

"Heap on the wood! - the wind is chill;
But let it whistle as it will,
We'll keep our Christmas merry still"
Sir Walter Scott

Thursday, 28 November 2013

"Study of a Golden Eye"

"Study of a Golden Eye"
Acrylic 8"x7.25"
This is as far as I'm going with this one, it's sometimes more difficult to know when too stop. I like the unfinished state and think it will look great once it's all framed up. Hopefully will get it popped into the framer tomorrow.
I'd like to just take this oppertunity to wish all my friends and followers in the US a very happy Thanksgiving Day....don't eat to much turkey!

Monday, 25 November 2013

Torrance Gallery Christmas Exhibition 30th November - 11th January 2014

"Summer's Flush"

"Ripple Through the Meadow"

"Morning Sun"

"Study of a Bay Mare"
Journeyed up to Edinburgh this morning with these four for the Christmas show at the Torrance Gallery in Dundas Street. We are starting to get that wintery feel now, motorway signs flashing about cold temperatures and icy conditions and fog. Was actually quite pleasant in Edinburgh, sunny even.
This one is back on the easel. I had intended making it a finished painting but now think I'll just make a few more suggestive strokes and leave it. Something to relax over tomorrow :) 

Thursday, 21 November 2013

"Last Light" Acrylic 6"x6"

"Last Light"
Acrylic 6"x6"
"Last Light" and a few of it's friends took a trip to Troon with me today. They will be hanging in the Framework Gallery . On the way home I had a short walk on the beach and took some photos, was a wee bitty nippy and the light was that great so didn't waste much time on getting back to the car.


Wednesday, 20 November 2013

"The Cottages" Acrylic 6"x6"

"The Cottages"
Acrylic 6"x6"

Getting decidedly colder out these days. But, the beauty of painting in the studio, is it can be anytime of the year. Some sunny summer cottages to remind us of warmer days.....

Sunday, 17 November 2013

This is her, " It's a wee bit nippy Mum" all accounts it's going to get even nippier!

Saturday, 16 November 2013

"Tide's Out" Acrylic 6"x6"

"Tide's Out"
Acrylic 6"x6"

If someone had told me a couple of years back that I would be painting and enjoying painting beach scenes.....I would have laughed at them. I've always enjoyed my walks along the beach but have never really applied myself at capturing it in paint...until now.
Thanks as always for looking in......

Thursday, 14 November 2013

"Blue Skies, Angry Clouds" Acrylic 8"x8"

"Blue Skies, Angry Clouds"
Acrylic 8"x8"

Having a few computer problems only came on to try and post this wee painting.....two something hours ago. Finally posted but have barely the will to live now never mind write a post.....sigh!

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Frosty start to the morning....

Very frosty start to the morning -6C when I started the car. Love these fresh sunny starts even if my fingers feel like they are going to snap off. Was a lovely walk, you could actually hear the leaves snapping off the trees and shrubs, snap, crackle and pop. Young starlings on the bottom photo were glad of the seed I put out for them, although the gardens still has quite a lot of food for them.

Friday, 8 November 2013

"Welcome, winter. Your late dawns and chilled breath make me lazy, but I love you nonetheless." ~Terri Guillemets

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

"The key to happiness lies not in having what you want, but in wanting what you have" ~ Anon

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Third time lucky with a painting and time spent in the garden

"Touch of Autumn, Aberfeldy"
Acrylic 8"x8"
For the third and final time I've made some alterations 'again' to this wee landscape. One of my followers on FB suggested it needed a bit more. There was no middle ground and it needed a stronger foreground. So I've deepened the foreground and although I've left the colour values the same in the middle I decided to open up a little more space amongst the trees. I like it as it is now and don't want to change anymore.
Spent the rest of the day starting to put the garden to sleep. It's not too bad actually just needs a little tiding and a lot of bulb planting. I seem to have gone a little over exhuberant in the bulbs but hopefully they'll survive the harsh winter that has been forecasted.
One of my jobs today was to move the bird station back nearer the house, so I don't need to go far to put out feed for the birds. Actually I had been getting worried about my wee sparrows as they seemed to have been absent for a while. They must have been hanging back to get me to move the station. I moved it filled the dishes and hangers and they were covering it like locast before I got back in the you can see I also had a couple of unpaid!

Friday, 1 November 2013

"Touch of Autumn, Aberfeldy" Acrylic 8"x8" re-vamped

2nd attempt

First attempt

You might remember this one from way back in September. Although I like it at the time, the more I looked at it I felt it needed a more autumnal look. So this morning I whipped it on the easel and had a go at getting autumnal. I like it much better!


November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring
  Elizabeth Coatsworth

Thursday, 31 October 2013


Pixie, kobold, elf, and sprite,
All are on their rounds tonight;
In the wan moon's silver ray,
Thrives their helter-skelter play.
~Joel Benton

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

"Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow." ~Douglas Pagels

Sunday, 27 October 2013

"Autumnal Coastline" Acrylic 6"x6"

"Autumnal Coastline"
Acrylic 6"x6"
Cutting it fine, but, finally after a few last minute adjustments I've decided this one will be going to Aberfeldy tomorrow. Well it was actually more than a few, because after footering with the foreground I needed to soften the distant coastline. I'm really quite pleased with this!
British summertime ended today and just in case there was any doubt it's cold and wet...oh and dark as well. Mind you I did get to enjoy my extra hour in bed as the furbabies were feeling lazy too.
Well, I'm going to slip this one into it's frame wrap it up and then put my feet up for the rest of the day.
Thanks as always for looking in.....

Saturday, 26 October 2013

"Two White Sails" Acrylic 6"x6"

"Two White Sails"
Acrylic 6"x6"
One of four paintings I'll be taking to Aberfeldy this coming Monday for the Christmas Exhibition 2 November - 4 January 2014. Had problems photographing it, the blue's are a lot softer in the actual painting.
Not sure where the years has disappeared to but looking forward to an extra hour in bed tomorrow as British Summertime finishes and the clocks go back. Not looking forward to the dark mornings and evenings though......

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Ayrshire Showcase Exhibition at the Maclaurin and a new addition to the family

"Ripple Through the Meadow" Acrylic 12"x12" £350

"Heavy Skies, Barassie" Acrylic 12"x12" £350

"Study of a Bay Mare" Acrylic 7"x8" £250

"Pinky - A Charolais Bull" Acrylic 6x7 £190

"Peter II" Acrylic 6"x6" £180

"Morning Sun" Acrylic 6"x8" £200
Yesterday I took my paintings down to a rather wet Rozelle Park for the Ayrshire Showcase Exhibition at the Maclaurin Galleries. The exhibition is hanging in Gallery 1 (22 October - 19 November) anyone living in the area please pop in for a look. I'm exhibiting with two other Ayrshire based artists Dorothy Fisher and Dede Morton. Gallery 1 is also home to the Maclaurin's shop and it is cheerfully ladened with all things Christmassy. I know October might be a bit early to start thinking about Christmas but Christmas decorations and ornaments make me feel nostalgic at  virtually anytime of the year


This wee cutie is the newest addition to the family, Lily, a four year old pomeranian. I picked her up on Sunday, she really is itsy bitsy teeny weeny and a wee bit shy. Now Wednesday and she's coming out of her shell a bit but it will take time but you can see for yourself she's making herself comfortable :)