Friday, 30 May 2014

Empty Shoes......

"When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the barest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes." ~William Shakespeare, Henry V

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

A bit of everything.....

A bit of everything today weatherwise, seems Summer can't quite make up it's mind if it's coming or not. This morning the pups and I had our usual walk but I had my raincoat and fleece hat on as it was pretty nippy out. Sun finally showed her face around lunchtime and just after lunch I decided to get the grass cut both front and back, by then it was scorching. Half way through the black clouds started moving in along with rumbles of thunder. I carried on gamely trying not to think about getting fried if the lightening was coming along with the little helpers by this time had made a hasty retreat in the house. Thankfully someone was looking out for me as I had just packed everything up when the heavens dumped it's load. Bet by tomorrow the grass will have grown an inch. As you can see from the photos even the faeries were trying to keep!
On an arty note the courier arrived to pick up "Hazy Summer" and "Coming or Going" who are (hopefully) heading to their new home in the bright lights of London. Both of them are particular favourites of mine and I hope they will give their new owners many years of enjoyment. Got a wee seascape on the easel which I hope will be finished'll just have to pop in and see!

"Hazy Summer" Acrylic 6" x 8" sold

"Coming or Going" Acrylic 6" x6" sold

Monday, 26 May 2014


As a wee girl I took great delight in counting the hours with the dandelion clock. Probably spreading dandelions far and wide in the process. These days I tend to pull the whole mop of the minute I see them to stop them spreading through my garden. They are considered by some a vegetable and indeed have healing powers as a diuretic, they also detox the blood and are good for the liver. When I used to take my first horse Rio out for a pick of grass on the road verge. She couldn't get enough of them, there was a real look of bliss as she stood with them dripping from her mouth....yeugh!
I do like this wee photo I snapped tonight......and no I didn't squash!

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Been ages.....

Been ages since I've written a blog post. To be honest one day just seems to run into the next and not a whole lot of painting is getting done. I am enjoying being out in the fresh air though. Just thought I'd share Lilly enjoying some sunshine.....when we get!

Monday, 5 May 2014

House work and Gardening = No painting

My Grey Mare - Sir Alfred Munnings
Today consisted of time spent doing housework and working in the garden.....which didn't leave any time left for painting. Mind you it was a Bank holiday weekend so technically I should have been on holiday. Needless to say the time spent in the garden was prefered to the housework.
To make up for no artwork of my own here's one by Munnings, don't know it's dimensions but even looking at this small image it packs a wallop......
Thanks for looking in.......

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Evening song....

"It is good to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought." ~James Douglas

Theres nothing quite like standing in the porch as the day start's to close down. Cup of lemon and ginger tea in hand, just listening to the birds singing their evening songs.....bliss!

Saturday, 3 May 2014

"Gypsy Foal" Oils 8" x 8"

"Gypsy Foal"
No 1 Head's up series
8" x 8"

Finished the wee study of the gypsy foal and although there is always room for improvement I'm quite pleased with it. I especially enjoyed doing the wonderful curls on her baby mane. This one will also be No. 1 in the new "Heads Up Series" I've been thinking of starting. There will be no fixed rules too subject, size or medium but as the name suggest all will be studies of head (or part off) and shoulders. Horses, dogs, cows and maybe even! No set time for them either, just when the notion takes me.
Managed to make a start yesterday on the weeding and boy do I feel the aches and pains today....old age doesn't come! But, it feels worth it when I look out and see the nice weed free area against the jungle still to be tamed. But, this afternnon I'll have my feet up watching the first of our Classics, the 2,000 Guineas from Newmarket. Across the Pond some of my artist friends are eagerly awaiting the start of the Kentucky Derby. Hope it's a good one and especially safe one for all horses and jockey's, enjoy.......

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Gypsy Foal...wip part 2


Bit more progress from this morning and I'm really pleased with how it's going. Really love working with these...hope that won't put the kiss of death on it. Just so pleased not to have swollen and stinging lips and sore smell whatsoever :))))
Now to tackle the weeds, was still raining this morning but looks like it's clearing up so might get a start at least. Have to say after all the nice weather we've had it didn't feel much like the first of May this morning. Any attempt at washing my face in the morning dew would have resulted in drowning lol.
Thanks for looking, back soon if not tomorrow!

Gypsy foal....wip

A bit of a wishy washy start to this wee gypsy foal as I started straight onto a piece of ungessoed board. Add to that I'm also trying out water soluable oils for the first time. So far so good, no impact on my breathing, swollen lips or! I found a field full of these lovely ponies and foals a good few years back. Forgot about the images and then found them on an old disc. As I haven't been at the easel for a few days this is a good way to get my eye back in before tackling something bigger.
Back later......