Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year

"Whether we want them or not, the New Year will bring new challenges; whether we seize them or not, the New Year will bring new opportunities." ~Michael Josephson

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Wishing You All A Very Merry Christmas

"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!" ~Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers

Monday, 22 December 2014

From the Scrapbook

 "Snow at Seven Barrows" - Peter Curling
Bit of a Christmas wind down going on at Castle McCrindle at the moment, I wouldn't argue if you thought that there has been a bit of a wind down all year long. Next year will be different (I live in hope) and more time will be spent at the easel. In the meantime here's one from the scrapbook. A festive scene from the easel of the Irish Maestro Peter Curling.......
Thanks for!

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Winter Solstice

"Brew me a cup for a winter's night.
For the wind howls loud and the furies fight;
Spice it with love and stir it with care,
And I'll toast our bright eyes,
my sweetheart fair."
~Minna Thomas Antrim

Saturday, 20 December 2014

"And grassy blade, spreading the hoar frost bright,
That crackles crisp when marked by early foot."
~ James Grahame

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Framework Gallery, Troon...framing and exhibiting!

"Last Sail of the Day"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Early Dark"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Outward Tide"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Cold Tracks"
Acrylic 8" x 8"
Scooted down to Troon this afternoon to the Framework Gallery and dropped of the top four paintings to be framed. The Framework Gallery is a family owned gallery run by husband and wife team Peter and Fiona Foyle. Not only a great framer but Peter is fast making a name for himself as a talented artist. A good sized gallery but with a intimate feel it's beautifully lit, so much so I hardly know my own work when I see it on the walls. As well as originals they also sell prints and have a lovely selection of beautiful gifts and craftwork on show.
If your stuck for a gift for someone special this year pop in for a look, nothing more special ( I know I might be a tad biased) than a piece of original art.
I had also hoped to get some photos taken but sadly the weather was playing nice....a bleugh day!
Oh and you'll also find the five below hanging in the gallery......thanks for looking!

"Let's Go There"
Oils 6" x 6"

"Five Yachts Counted"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Fields of Summer"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Fading Arran"
Acrylic 8" x 8"

"Lost Horizon"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

Tuesday, 16 December 2014


Sifting through a small mountain of photos at the moment, great for inspiration and to bring back the feeling of a moment in time. Been a wee while since the camera got some exercise, we need some sharp frosty mornings.......

Monday, 15 December 2014

I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December,
A magical thing,
And sweet to remember:
"We are nearer to spring
Than we were in September."
~Oliver Herford

Saturday, 13 December 2014

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." ~Norman Vincent Peale

Monday, 8 December 2014

"Evening creeps in, Barassie" Acrylic 6" x 8"

"Evening creeps in, Barassie"
Acrylic 6" x 8"

Arran never fails to amaze me with it's moods. There are days when it appears so big you feel you could reach out and touch it. Times when you can pick out buildings on the shores, and other days it's gone, absolutely and completely, as if it had been a figment of your imagination. As the title suggests in this painting evening is creeping in and the sky is fading, Arran is a soft lilac and everything in front of it is stealing the show.......

Saturday, 6 December 2014

"Cold Tracks" Acrylic 8" x 8"

"Cold Tracks"
Acrylic 8" x 8"
A cold wet day outside but it makes for a cosy day inside at the easel. Think I must be getting into the spirit of Christmas as I've had a hankering to do some winter scenes i.e. frost or snow landscapes. Just warning you all, it might get to the point where warmer clothes might be needed with the chill from the screen. This is from photos I took just before the bridge on Southook Road couple of years back. It's a barley field, empty off course but the flurry of snow is lying in the ruts made by the tractors. The line of trees is the country path I walk with my dogs and leads to Springside. Just looking at it reminds me of how cold it was that day, there was  a sharp breeze coming across that open space BRRrrrr.
Thanks as always for looking in....wrap up warm where ever you!

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

There's a chill in the air....

The last couple of days have brought a nippy chill in the air. Not that I'm complaining, from an artists point of view I love the light on a crisp frosty morning. We really have had it good through November and I can't help but feel we'll pay for it at some point. I'm hoping it won't be strong winds, they can be so distructive, a dumping of snow is more!

"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

Monday, 1 December 2014

Ist December

First of December the beginning of the last chapter of 2014 and the eager anticipation of the first chapter of 2015. It has been a strange old year for me and something of a disappointing one, I feel I haven't accomplished as much as a could/should have . Certainly not much on the painting front with fewer paintings done this year, a lack of focus on my part I think. Next year will be with us soon enough with new dreams and aspirations. But, before that, time to enjoy this festive month, relax a little, decorate the house, write Christmas cards, eat all the wrong things and think of loved one's past and present.
"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk bedside the fire" - Edith Sitwell

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Torrance Gallery Christmas Exhibition

"Rain Coming"
Acrylic 12" x 12"

"Peter II"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Trickling Through"
Acrylic 8" x 8"

"Quiet Space"
Acrylic 16" x 16"

You haven't heard from me in weeks and now you get two posts on the one day....bit like buses, you stand for ages waiting on one and two come along at!
Just thought I better let you know that the Christmas Exhibition at the Torrance Gallery opened today and runs through till 10th January 2015. Sixty seven exhibitors (Moi included), mostly artists but also some doing ceramics and jewellry. Well worth a look if your in Edinburgh over the festive period.

"A Kind Face" Oil 6" x 6"

"A Kind Face"
Oil 6" x 6"

Well that was a long break, did anyone miss me? Well I know Janice a lovely lady from Canada who follows my blog did. She sent me a very nice email concerned that everything was ok with me and it was much appreciated (just got it Janice and will reply asap). Always heart warming to know your missed. Nothing too dramatic just an internet connection that got steadily worse until I had none at all. After getting next to no help from my internet provider I decided to kick them into touch and move to another. It was such a relief to set up the kit yesterday a see a steady light meaning all was OK!
But in a sense it wasn't ok, over the last few weeks it has started to sink in just how much faith we have come to put in computers. We have reached a stage where it seems to me we can't do a whole lot without them. In fact as a recall during the summer when my car went for it's service. I sat in the customer area watching as it was plugged into a computer and the mechanic sifted through the diagnostics. I can't help but think of my Dad who had been a skilled mechanic and could literally tell you what was wrong just by listening! I'm also aware that I wouldn't be able to sit here typing out my blog post and sending it out into the world if it weren't for the power of the internet. I just worry that we have progressed to soon and one of these days we are going to regret that big time.
Enough of my soap box rants and back to my art. Was really pleased with how this wee painting "A Kind Face" turned out. Had been struggling with a few landscapes I was working on which always get's me down. That feeling of, I've lost it, I'm never going to be able to paint again starts to creep in. Horses are usually my rescue...not always mind you, some of them have been dire. But, right from the quick pencil sketch, I had that feeling all would be well, and it was....hope you like it :)
From a glad to be back blogging scottish!

Friday, 24 October 2014

"Trickling Through" Acrylic 8" x 8"

"Trickling Through"
Acrylic 8" x 8"
I guess I'm as happy as I'm going to get with this one, so I'm calling it finished. Like with any painting a few day's or weeks down the road I'll see something that niggles me. But, I'm leaving it as one and!
Now I can count the weekend started, hope you have a great one where ever you are and thanks for looking in......

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Challenging work in progress....

A little work in progress I'm attempting, not quite sure how it's going at the moment. Sometimes I feel I'm on track and then other times the urge to wipe it is strong. Greens and water....there can't be two more difficult challenges.
Also, I'm still being challenged by my internet connection. I'll be back sooner or later depending on how it!

Monday, 20 October 2014

"Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter." ~Carol Bishop Hipps

Thursday, 16 October 2014

"A Soft Arran" Acrylic 6" x 8"

"A Soft Arran"
Acrylic 6" x 8"

Been a frustrating couple off days with computer issues, but this afternoon I just sat at the easel and painted. So if my posts are a few days apart you'll excuse me if I don't lose any sleep over it. Time is much better spent painting than trying to fathom the inners of a laptop. Another view of the Isle of Arran from Barassie...really enjoying these beach scenes....who would have thunk!
Will return when my laptop says it's ok......

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

15th October......

This morning just like every morning I got up went through to the kitchen opened the back door and let the dogs out. Sorted Steven into his chair and came back through, usually to the tell the dogs to 'be quiet people are still sleeping'. Then it's fill the kettle and then I cross off the calendar on the wall. All automatic, but today I saw 15th October and memories flooded into my head. On 15th October 1984 I watched from the top of Busbiehill as a rather battered white van pulling a blue trailer made it's winding way. It was carrying a small and somewhat scraggy seven month old Thoroughbred filly foal and life as I had known it was about to change. On hindsight she was an accident waiting to happen from the moment the ramp was brought down. She stood frozen at the top, her eyes bulging out of their sockets and then launched herself into mid air landing in a crumpled heap on the road. By lunch time she had split her head open trying to climb out over the top door of the stable. But I was already in love. Over the years she had many scrapes and bumps often generously sharing them with me too but I wouldn't have changed any of it for the world....well maybe perhaps the road accident. She suddenly became ill on 14th October 2002 and despite the efforts of my vet she passed away on the early hours of the 15th leaving Busbiehill and me eighteen years to the day of arriving. Still love you Rio xx

Monday, 13 October 2014

Invitation arrived for the Aberfeldy Gallery's Christmas Exhibition....

The lovely invitation for this years Christmas (sorry for using the C word in October) Exhibition arrived in the post today. Looking at some of the paintings on the invite, it looks like it's going to be a wonderful show......

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

"Last Sail of the Day" Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Last Sail of the Day"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

Really was a huge relief to get this wee gem done and dusted this morning. I am not joking when I say I thought my goose had been cooked and I what little talent I had at the easel had evaporated. I won't dwell on the trials and tribulations of the last few years. We all have them and it's best to keep things on here light and airy, focused on art. That said we artist's are perhaps a little more sensitive by nature and it can creep into our work. I am at my happiest when something I'm working on goes right, so I guess I'll just have to keep getting it right.
Also managed to get into the garden this afternoon for a little while. Really got stuck into the Rowans at the top of the garden. Two down and one to go then it's the turn of the cherry blossom tree.
Thanks for popping in and thanks for listening to my rants and!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Something is broken.....


Sunday, 5 October 2014

Thursday, 2 October 2014

"Early Dark" Acrylic 6" x 6" (altered)

"Early Dark"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

Was never really happy with this wee painting. So, this evening I took the bull by the horns and altered the sky. Much happier with the original sitting in the studio with me but it doesn't reproduce very well on here.....softer in the flesh. Can't have everything!
Thanks for looking in....

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Happy October days....

"Yellow, mellow, ripened days.
Sheltered in a golden coating....
Sweet and smiling are thy ways,
Beauteous, golden Autumn days"
~ Will Carleton

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Made it back to the Easel today......

.....was a little disheartened with my effort today until I looked at it again this evening. I sometimes think we artist's can be a little hard on ourselves, so I'm going to cut myself some slack and say it has potential. It's glaringly obvious that the fenceline is too dominant but that's fixable. I pushed the mountain back a little with a blue glaze and might do more glazes on it....yep one to set aside for another day...when I figure out the!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Starting and stopping....

Been something of a starting and stopping kind of a year. So in keeping with that I've started yet another painting at 10" x 12" it's a wee bit bigger than the normal for me. Note to self order larger brushes as this feels very finicky with my usual one's. Hopefully when you look in tomorrow I'll have more to show....if not I'll be stopped again!
Thanks as always for looking!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

"Golden Summer" Acrylic 5" x 7"

"Golden Summer"
Acrylic 5" x 7"

There has been  a wee 5" x 7" frame lying in the studio for quite a while now. An error on my part when placing an order with my framer. Anyways today I cut a piece of MDF to fit the frame and painted a sunny wee landscape on it. Looks quite lovely in it's frame and would bring a little bit of sunshine to someone's dark corner of the room.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

"By all these lovely tokens September days are here,
With Summers best of weather
And Autumn's best of cheer."
Helen Hunt Jackson