Monday, 14 September 2015

25 - wip Jockey

When I got out of bed this morning I was all geared up to paint, then after getting brother organised I took the dogs for a walk. It was a lovely morning sunny but with a definate hint of Autumn in the air. Only one lady with a dog for Lily to have a grumble at... a Lab which just looked her as if she had sprouted horns. He and Buddy shared a sniff and the lady and I commented on how pleasant it was and then we wnet on our way. We took the Knockentiber side of the walk which I call the wooded path. Still lots of fresh green around but the hint now of ochres appearing and feeling that most of the flowers have reached their peak. By the time we got back home my mood had changed, mooched about on Facebook, another name for procrastinating. Lunch, then into the studio with no real idea of what I was going to do. Faffed through images and nothing sang out, paint me. Determined to do something I picked up the sketch pad and made an effort with the jockey drawing I started more than a week ago. Actually got quite lost in it, drawing seems to do that, sends you into a trance like state. Just the sound of the pencil on the pad. I posted on here yesterday about my Aunt but took the post down almost as soon as I put it up. I don't really like bringing my home life into my blog. The animals and the garden yes but not the people stuff. Not sure why might be a Scottish thing we can be a wee bit deep and take things inwards. But I only mention it now because I kind of disappeared last week when we got the news that Aunty had cancer. My head is still trying to get round it all but now as I start to take it all in I can hopefully use my art to get me through!
Thanks as always for looking!            


Monday, 7 September 2015

24 - "Autumn on the Tay, Aberfeldy" Acrylic 6" x 6"

"Autumn on the Tay, Aberfeldy"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

Much as I enjoy doing these little 6 x 6's I think the time has come to go a little bigger. I have some 8 x 8's and 12" x 12"'s sitting in the wings ready to get started on, so not going too on 40 x 40's by the end of the 365 lol. Kinda running behind with the 365 project but, hopefully once the winter month's creep in and the garden is asleep I'll be able to start catching up.
Was thinking about Aberfeldy this morning as a letter arrived the other day with the date's for the Christmas Exhibition ( sorry for mention Christmas in September). Perthshire is pretty spectacular with Autumn colours and this is from photos I took a good few years ago. Autumn colours were just starting to take hold along the Tay river at Aberfeldy I also loved the dark mountain in the distance with the cloud wisping across the top. Hope you like it :)

Thursday, 3 September 2015

23 - Jockey wip continuing and big waves and wind surfers at Barassie..

Another busy day but managed to scrape in some time on my jockey drawing. The more I draw the more I enjoy. I love trying to get the detail in the saddle and saddlecloth over his arm. still a long way to go so will probably get started on something else.
Would have liked to spend more time on it but needed to go to Framework Gallery to pick up four paintings that were being framed. They look amazing as per usual. Was a brighter day today so took some photos. The wind surfers were out as the waves were pretty big. Was difficult to get both the sail and the surfer together that the guy was just a pin. Great to watch sometimes he was about ten feet into the air...superfit!

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

22 - Jockey wip...

Late starting today so picked up my wee sketch book and in a moment of madness started a drawing/sketch of a jockey. Yeah I know he's got his back to me, I wasn't that! It's a big enough challenge trying to get all the wrinkles in the silks while trying to make them shine. Not sure of the outcome or if there will even be one, but I'm having fun :)

September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather,
And autumn’s best of cheer.
~Helen Hunt Jackson