Sunday, 30 August 2015

21 - "Autumn Lamb" Acrylic 6" x 8"

"Autumn Lamb"
Acrylic 6" x 8"

I know I've been calling this a sheep but it's actually a lamb and the first one I've ever painted. Reasonably happy with it, but then lamb/sheep anatomy is a bit out of my expertise. I've enjoyed trying to get the textures in it's fleece and in the rough grass. So I've learnt something and that's a bonus.

Friday, 28 August 2015

20 - sheep in progress

 A little progress with my sheep, which I actually think is an older lamb, doesn't have a wizened old sheep look to it. Putting some of the grasses in now. As I remember the grass had gone to seed and was gold and scraggy, bending in the autumnal sun it sparkled. Trying to capture that feeling without getting too detailed.
Was at Troon yesterday at one of my galleries, The Framework Gallery, not only do they hang my work but they do a wonderful job of framing it. Looking forward to seeing the four I took down when they're framed. Had a walk along the beach and managed to get some photos but on the whole it was a bit dull and overcast. Autumn is slowly creeping in...

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

19 - I'm Baaack...

This 365 day thing is proving a little more difficult to keep organised and up to date than I thought. Fortunately I've been numbering the posts so I'll know when I've actually done 365 blog posts. That feels as confusing as it sounds lol. I'd love to be able to split myself into little compartments, house keeping, shopping, dog walker,garden, carer, artist e.t.c. But I can't, so I'll just have to try my best, you will just have to follow on my That said even in this small space in time I'm starting to feel more like an artist again. It's a grand!

Monday, 24 August 2015

18 - Like a lamb to the slaughter...

Have to say I've kind of lazed about all day, might be an instilled thing to me that Sunday is a day of rest. Around about 10.15 this evening I suddenly realised I hadn't anything to post. Keep calm I said, still time to get something at least started. A small landscape easy peasy, at which point my mind went completely blank. Then I remembered the sheep. I had put it in a folder along with some other images I thought might be interesting to paint. It was round about the same time I got this stupid idea of doing 365 blog posts. Before I even start, I better say I haven't painted a sheep before. If it all goes bad I get a sympathy vote for trying. If I nail it, smiles all round.....

Saturday, 22 August 2015

17 - Unfinished study Kiss n Mix SSH

"Kiss n Mix SSH"
Unfinished study
8" x 5" approx
Calling this one finished, well actually it's an unfinished finished. Sometimes you get to a point when you feel it's done even if it isn't. I know that must sound a bit Irish to a lot of you looking in, but I'm pretty sure all my artist friends out there know exactly what I mean. There might be a round two for the pretty Kiss n Mix further down the road, you will just have to keep popping!
Back to Kilbarchan today to pick up paintings as the exhibition closes, fingers crossed.
Thanks to Ros and her beautiful horses for allowing me to use her images

Friday, 21 August 2015

16 - wip alterations and a lost day...

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Yesterday was a lost day, stuff happens and it just has to be accepted. Realised when I looked at this work in progress today it wasn't right so most of today was spent altering here and there and I'm pleased with the outcome. After spending such a long time painting with acrylics I'm feeling a bit like a fish out of water using oils. But I am enjoying them even if does feel as if I've been at it for weeks.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

15 - wip foal study continues slowly

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Not a lot done today because I got interrupted this morning with the guys coming to clear the guttering. Then off course I had to watch the match race that never was from sunny York. Disappointed of course that the main man Gleneagles had been taken out because of the going. But, as with all good stories the heroine stepped in to save the day. Teeny weeny African Queen held off the challenge of the unbeaten Golden Horn with a very gutsy performance. I did feel a little sorry for Golden Horn and his connections but the thing about horse racing is anything can happen if you dream big and today it paid off, smile!!
( With thanks to Rosalyn Serex )for allowing me to use her photographs)

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

14 - wip Foal Study

Bit of a rush to get something posted today, very much a last minute dash. Quick sketch out of a bonnie foal so as to be ready to make progress tomorrow. Haven't been sitting twindling my thumbs all day. Had to go to Rozelle to pick up paintings from the Showcase exhibition. Was delighted to have sold one. Had a wee relaxing walk round the park (photos below) then back home.
Tomorrow is another day and hopefully a less frazzled one.

Monday, 17 August 2015

13 - "Summer Greens" Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Summer Greens"
Acrylic 6" x 6"
Theres a stream runs through the field at the bottom of Busbiehill leading onto Southook Road. In the winter you can actually see the water but come Summer the bank's are overgrown with nettles, grasses and some wild flowers. This spot has a large hawthorn bush not quite a tree yet but getting there. I like it when it's brimming over with every shade of green. Quite difficult capturing them all.
Nice drive to Kilbarchan this morning. The countryside is positively bursting with foliage but it won't be long before it starts to slowly change pace and colour as the growing season starts to wane.
Thanks for stopping by...

Sunday, 16 August 2015

12 - Buddy, pencil study

"Buddy" a pencil study
5" x 8" approx

Up bright and breezy this morning as I wanted to get the finishing touches on the pencil study of buddy finished. All in all I'm quite happy with it, just wish I could go a bit faster. Perhaps that comes over time and practice. Late breakfast now and then will have to get cracking cutting and priming another batch of boards!

Saturday, 15 August 2015

11 - Exhibition News - Art Off The Square, Kilbarchan 19th -22nd August

"Pinky A Charolais Bull Acrylic 6" x 7" £190-

"Peter II" Acrylic 6" x 6" £180-

"Summer Fields" Acrylic 6" x 6" £180-

"A Soft Sky" Acrylic 6" x 6" £180-
Wrapping up these four paintings today for they're trip to Kilbarchan on Monday morning. They've been selected to take part in this year's Art Off The Square exhibition at the church hall in Kilbarchan's East Church. Well worth a visit if your in the area, they also do teas and cakes (all homemade and delicious).
Have a super weekend :)

Thursday, 13 August 2015

9 - Wip Pom 3

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Had hoped to have this wee drawing finished this morning but still scribbling away. I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying the simple pleasure of drawing. It's years since I've spent so much time with a pencil and if I'd have known how well it makes me feel, I'd have done it a long time ago. This project is taking on a whole new role for me...


Wednesday, 12 August 2015

8 - "Grey Day" Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Grey Day"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

Wasn't too sure about this one, but it's starting to grow on me. Rocks are something I'm not overly confident about painting but, to get better at them I've got to keep trying. One of these days I'm going to have a go at people. Now that's something I'll have to grit my teeth!
Thanks for looking...

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

7 - Wip Pom 2

wip pom 2
Had a busy morning doing the mundane stuff, like replenishing the cupboards and fridge with food. Made lunch and then came upstairs with the intention of getting started on a new seascape. Made the mistake of checking emails and having a 'quick' look at facebook. Made a mental note too self not to fall into that trap again. Prised myself away from the forbidden fruit and picked up my sketchbook. I'm very slow at drawing I spend such a lot of time looking at the subject I'm drawing. In painting I tend to just go for it but with drawing it feels like every stroke of the pencil counts. But, it really is very therapeutic and the cares of the world seem to drift off with every stroke....

Monday, 10 August 2015

6 - "Yachts, Portencross" Acrylic 6" x 8"

"Yachts, Portencross"
Acrylic 6" x 8"
Still on the same stretch of coast at Portencross. This time there was the added interest of some yachts. Most likely sailing from Largs Yacht Haven. Really must try to get back down there, it's so much fun watching them sail. Some large and some small, they often race each other. Looks exciting but I'm very much a land lubber.
Thanks for looking in...

Sunday, 9 August 2015

5 - Bombed and then doodled....

wip pencil drawing my wee boy
Well totally bombed out today which made the shoulders droop a bit as it's just day 5. At the fourth wipe out of the painting I was trying to achieve I downed tools and had a wee sulk. But, the object of this project is not about completing a painting, drawing in a day. I started this to encourage me to paint again, to put art back in my heart. To make art every day, to get back to a stage where it's the first thing I'm thinking of when I wake. So watched tv for a bit and then lifted my sketch book and started doodling my favourite wee boy. Not a lot done but better than nothing at!

Saturday, 8 August 2015

4 - "Rough Grass and Rocks, Portencross" Acrylic 6" x 8"

"Rough Grass and Rocks, Portencross"
Acrylic 6" x 8"
What's not to love about Portencross a little corner of rugged coastline, it even has it's own Castle. Add to that rough tussocks of grass, blasted rough by the salt in the air and bleached by the wind in winter and the sun in summer.
Thanks for looking....

Friday, 7 August 2015

3 - "A Soft Sky" Acrylic 6" x 6"

"A Soft Sky"
Acrylic 6" x 6"
I am really lucky in that I still have a green belt surrounding where I live. Even just looking out the window of the  room I call my studio, I can still see green fields. Mind you to the front I can also see signs of the town coming towards us. Not a happy thought. Perhaps I'll have packed up and headed for the hills before that happens.
Thanks for looking...

Thursday, 6 August 2015

2 - "Summer Fields" Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Summer Fields"
Acrylic 6" x 6"
Hasn't been very summery these past few days so I thought I'd conjure up some summer fields to cheer myself up. Turned out possibly a wee bit too chocolate boxy for my liking, but the paint brushes got!
Oh and the sun has just come out, maybe I should do more summery vistas :)

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

1 - "Snow Sky" pencil drawing 5" x 8" approx.

"Snow Sky" in the paddock before winning the Hardwicke Stakes at Ascot
Pencil drawing  approx. 5" x 8"
Well the big day has arrived and it seemed only right and proper that my first piece of  artwork should be a horse, and in pencil. As a youngster my teachers despaired of me for drawing horses on the covers of all my school books. And, my Mum wasn't overjoyed about the horses that galloped along the wall in the hall either. I wonder if prehistoric men had the same critics :)
I must give thanks to my facebook friend and lover of fine thoroughbreds, Michael Smithson, for allowing me to use his wonderful photos of the handsome Snow Sky to launch my 365 project. I have to say I had forgotten how labour instensive a drawing could be or perhaps I'm just slow.
Thanks for taking the time to look, I'll be back tomorrow...

Sunday, 2 August 2015

For those who don't know....

One from the archives "Baby Face"- pencil - sold

For those who don't already know I'll be starting a wee project on my blog on Wednesday 5th. I feel I really need to get back to grips with my art, it has taken a backseat to all the other stuff in my life for too long. I haven't reached the stage of throwing in the towel but it's come close. Encouraged by post I read on Kathrine Tyrrell's blog Making a Mark I've decided to try something along the same lines of artist Bryan Eccleshall. In 2013 he completed 365 drawings and wrote a post giving advice on how to do it. So this coming Wednesday I'll start my own 365 challenge. My challenge is to post new art on my blog every day for the next 365 days. Could be a drawing, a painting, a rough sketch or maybe a teaser of something larger I'm working on in the studio. I'm more excited than I have been in a long time and eager to get started. Look back in on Wednesday evening and don't be afraid to give your comment on what you think of day one.
Thanks for looking...