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