Wednesday, 29 July 2015

A Week to go till the start of the 365 project...

New Daler Rowney sketch books arrived yesterday in super fast time from Jackson's Art Supplies. One hundred and fifty pristine white pages to help send fear and doubt into the heart of the artist. Just what is it about a blank white page, canvas or board that can be so daunting, smile! Busy cutting and priming various sizes of mdf and searching through reference photos for subjects to paint or draw. In other words getting as much done that can be done before the 5th August. Feeling more than a little nervous, with a smattering of self doubt but, also looking forward to just pushing painting around, and drawing. I just want to regain the joy of art in my heart again.....ok off now to do another coat of gesso!!

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Mending a broken art heart....."Sleepy" - pencil drawing

"Sleepy" - Pencil drawing
Well finally finished "Sleepy" this morning (started last Saturday) which probably doesn't bode too well with the new project I'm about to announce. Couple of days ago while scrolling through facebook I noticed a post on Katherine Tyrrell's Making a Mark page. She shared a link to a British artist called Bryan Eccleshall who had been one of the selected artists to exhibit in this years Jerwood Drawing Prize. But, she also drew attention to a project that Bryan completed in 2013. His 365 project in which he shared a drawing a day for the whole year. Reading the article got me thinking that this could be the answer to my prayers. Maybe that's a bit dramatic but, as someone whose art heart is broken this could be just what I need to get me on the road to mending it. In fact it's been buzzing around my head since I read the piece. So with a wee bit trepidation I'm already planning my own project, but, a wee bit different from Bryan's. My object will be to post art on my blog for the 365 days, might be a drawing, a painting or even just a rough sketch. But for 365 days there will be art on my blog, and hopefully by the end my art heart will be mended. Bryan suggests starting on the first of January logical, but I can't wait that long. He also suggests to plan as much ahead as possible so I've already got an order sent off to Jackson's for sketch pads, pencils, putty rubbers, paint e.t.c., e.t.c. I've got MDF at the ready to be cut into size and gessoed and I've got a date picked to start. My project 365 mend an art heart kicks off on August 5th 2015. I know, your wondering why August 5th, well the 2016 Rio Olympics start on August 5th and I think this is going to be a bit of an olympic effort from me to pull this!

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Beginnings of a doodle...Sleepy

After running around yesterday delivering paintings, it was just nice to sit down this morning with a pencil and sketch book. I had forgot how relaxing it could be until doing the doodle the other day of Samson the old rook. So, this morning I thought I'd go back to my artistic roots, drawing a horse. Took photos of this lovely mare a few years back when she and her pal were holidaying at a nearby farm. It was a lovely sunny day (we do occassionally get them in Scotland) and she and her buddy were chilling out having a snooze. Love the relaxed feel of her ears and the drowsy eye. Racing stopped play here, unlike further North, where a wee bit wind has stopped a bunch of safties from playing golf. There was me thinking that was what the challenge of a Links course was all about!
Might get back to this later this evening, but in the meantime have a great weekend, smile!

Friday, 17 July 2015

"Alone with myself
The trees bend to caress me
The shade hugs my heart."
~Candy Polgar

Wednesday, 15 July 2015


Unfortunately I don't know the title for this one by Munnings but heck who needs words. I could stare at it for the rest of my life and never need to speak....

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

"On The Bend" Acrylic 8" x 8"

"On The Bend"
Acrylic 8" x 8"
Felt a wee bit rusty starting this one today and it took me a couple of tries before I was happy with it. But it feels really good to have a painting done and dusted off the easel. Not sure where it will be heading but I've got too venues in mind, the Showcase exhibition at the Maclaurin or Art Off the Square at Kilbarchan.
Just a hop, skip and jump from the house this is a wee back road up over Busbiehill and into the village of Springside. It's a sharp bend onto a straight piece of road, with a small wood on the left. There used to be around half a dozen trees spread out down the road on the right but old age has seen most of them off. Old age is an awful thing ;)

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Happy painting...

(Wee doodle of Samson the Rook that visits the garden every day....first bird art I've ever done!)
Sat for ages looking at this blank page on my blog wondering how to start it. It seems ages since I wrote a blog. Oh I know I've posted photos and quotes but there has been precious little art, and let's face it, that's actually what it says on the tin. Can't say I've actually been sitting twiddling my thumbs either. Trying to keep the house tidy, tending the garden and caring for my brother whose health has deteriorated markedly in the last few months. All of these not only eat into your time but they also affect your own energy levels and personality. In a nutshell, I feel as though I've been run over by a bulldozer. How to make it better, honestly, I don't know? The only thing I can think off is to go back to the beginning. Back to when I left my job at BMK/Stoddards design and became a full time artist. Oh I know the world has changed very much since then but I need to find that freedom again. That excitement of starting the day, about to start or finish the best peice of art you've ever created. That means I won't be blogging every day. And, social media which can at times be valuable for publicity, will have to take a bit of a back seat (I will share posts from here though).
So, here's to happy painting....

Sunday, 5 July 2015

"The earth had donned her mantle of brightess green and shed her richest perfumes abroad. It was the prime and vigour of the year, all things were glad and flourishing" ~ Charles Dickens

Friday, 3 July 2015