Sunday, 31 March 2013

A quiet life, minus the pipe but definately the slippers...

Easter Sunday and the start of British Summertime. Yesterday I got a little confused, not to mention excited, thinking I had an extra hour in bed this morning. Sadly, it was the other way round and I lost an hour. I can't complain really because the sun shone brightly dispersing the fog around my brain. We still have a bitterly cold wind but there is the promise that if and when that dies down the soil will start to heat up. I can't remember the garden ever looking so bare, or the country path where I take my walk. But, I feel now there is change afoot and the first sign of buds are starting to appear.
I feel recently I have been neglecting my Blog. In fact I would go as far as admit to having crossed over to the dark side...Facebook :). It is so easy to post there and get an instant reply and I'm afraid my head and ego has been dragged in. The cracks are starting to appear though and I feel myself being drawn back to the quiet confines of my blog. The peaceful life minus the pipe but definately the slippers......
Happy Easter :D

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Cold brisk walk....

Took myself off to Barassie Beach this afternoon, have to say it was pretty brisk along the shoreline. It took quite a while till I was able to feel my face after I got home but I did enjoy it. Spring is a long time coming this year and the cold and wind we've been experiancing is too last at least until the end of the week. The Isle of Arran was particularly hard hit and I can't remember when I last saw it this white, it certainly wasn't the end of March. Two huge pythons collapsed on the island under the weight of snow and ice and the islanders lost all power. Thankfully the sea wasn't too bad and they have been able to ferry out generators to help, Made me appreciate my wee warm house when I arrived home.
Stay cosy where ever you are :)

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Torrance Gallery Spring Exhibition 6th April - 4th May

"Harvest Hedgerow"
Acrylic 6"x6"

Acrylic 6"x6"

"Rocks and Seaweed"
Acrylic 8"x8"

"Catching The Morning Sun"
Acrylic 8"x8"
£250 sold
These are the four paintings that will be taking part in the Torrance Gallery's Spring Exhibition 6th April-4th May 2013 Here's hoping Spring might have at last started by Hope your warm were ever you are.... 

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Little paintings event a great success....

"Rolling Fields, Ayrshire"
Acrylic 8"x8"
Little Paintings Makes Hansel Grow

Received a lovely letter today from Sheila McLean Fundraising Co-ordinator for Hansel. The Little Paintings Art event was a great success with £15,000 raised from the sales of the little paintings. I'm very proud to know my little painting below played it's part by finding a new home.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Two of Four

"Rock's and Seaweed"
Acrylic 8"x8"

"Catching The Morning Sun"
Acrylic 8"x8"
Two of four paintings the awill be taking part in the Torrance Gallery's Spring Exhibition 6th April - 4th May

Monday, 11 March 2013

Invitation for the Aberfeldy Gallery's Spring Exhibition

Invitation for the Aberfeldy Gallery's Spring Exhibition arrived this morning so I thought I'd share it. The gallery is celebrating it's 30th Anniversary this year and what a lovely selection of work to kick it off with. This is just a small selection....did you all notice wee Alice looking spruce on the second!

Saturday, 9 March 2013


Ranger - Do It For Dalkey
11th March 2002 - 09 March 2013

Horses have a way of capturing our hearts. They bring us moments of breathtaking happiness and sadly moments of heartbreaking saddness. Today the so beautiful Ranger (Do It For Dalkey) did both and was lost to those who loved him most. My heart hurts for Geoff and Joyce, Jodie, Angie, Erin and all the team at Arlary.

"Somewhere in time's own space
There must be some sweet pastured place
Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow
Some paradise where horses go,
For by the love that guides my pen
I know great horses live again."
~Stanley Harrison

Sunday, 3 March 2013

"A Glimpse of Camelot"

"A Glimpse of Camelot"
(with thanks to Michael Smithson)
Was having a tidy around today and found this sketch I did back last May. Just after Camelot had won the 2000 Guineas. It was never meant to be anything other than a sketch. But, after looking at it for hours I decided to add a smidgeon more. The hint of a nostril and glint of the bit and now it's done....mind you could take another week or so before I'll know where to sign it!!

Found this quote the other day on Facebook......not that I'd ever boast about it but that Winston Churchill was a pretty smart bloke ;)

Friday, 1 March 2013

Wounded soldier and a Giveaway painting

I have a wee wounded soldier in the household. Yesterday we needed a visit to Craig the vet after some gymnastic practice went wrong. A triple somersault backwards off the settee resulted in a badly damaged nail, an unbelieveable amount of blood and a supected fractured toe. I'd like to say he was a model patient for Craig but the phrase like handling a bag of snakes springs more to mind. Fortunately no fracture but the nail had to be removed and cauterized. The brave wee soldier is now basking on the added attention of more cuddles and treats. He did insist his bandage had to match his! 

"Turning Colour"
Acrylic 6"x6"
Thought you might like to know this wee painting is a Mad March giveaway on my facebook art page. All you have to do is either like the page, like the post or leave comment to enter the draw. Here's the addy . Good luck if you're taking part :)