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