Saturday, 28 February 2015 artist

Thursday evening (26th) I was scrolling aimlessly through Facebook and I suddenly thought, enough, what am I doing here?  I had a 6" x 6" painting sitting on my easel that I started back in January and here I was looking through images of other artist's work. But, I can't just blame Facebook, my art and myself has gradually over the last few years lost direction. I'm not making excuses, I don't really know why, what I do know is that something has to stop or as in this case start. So right there and then I let everyone know who follows me on FB that I would be taking time out from it. I was actually quite surprised when lot's of my artist friends replied to my post that they were feeling the same way. Could it be that social media is taking it's toll and stripping us of our creative juices? Probably not, but I do know I need to retreat to my cave for the time being and find me and my art again. I've always found comfort in writing my blog and will be continuing to do so. There's time to gather your thoughts in a blog. Other avenues of social media are akin to being in a busy rail station or airport with all the rush and noise they create.
Spring is just around the corner, even if the wind is biting cold there are subtle signs that it's coming. The daylight for a start is getting longer, that in itself raises the spirits. Bulbs are tentatively pushing through the surface and my snowdrops, crocuses and dwarf daffodils are already in bloom. The bird station has been moved to the top of the garden and the robin is tolerating another robin in his territory.
I will be back soon, hopefully with a signed painting of poor Colin the moo who looks at me from the easel willing me to finish him. In the meantime thanks for!

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Blink of Sunshine.....

Was sitting working away on the computer this afternoon when I was aware of a shaft of light coming thorough the stair window. I glanced to my right and there was Buddy lying on the stair landing with the sunlight shafting through the venetian blinds. As chance would have it the power shot was sitting on the computer table....a gorgeous wee golden powder!

Sunday, 15 February 2015


Sometimes the art won't come and sometimes the words won't either. That's how it's been for these last couple of weeks. My neighbour and friend passed away on the 5th after a long and hard battle with cancer. Even though it was always expected you are never really prepared. A warm and generous lady we both shared a love of our gardens. As Spring is only around the corner I'm going to be a little sad she won't be around to see the bulbs she planted. But if there is such a place as heaven then you can bet Helen will have covered in flowers in no time.
Below are some photos I shared on Facebook on Friday as a memorial to Helen....

...Thus in each flower and simple bell,
That in our path untrodden lie,
Are sweet remembrancers who tell
How fast the winged moments fly.
Time will steal on with ceaseless pace,
Yet lose we not the fleeting hours,
Who still their fairy footsteps trace,
As light they dance among the flowers.
~Charlotte Turner Smith

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

"May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand." ~Irish Blessing

Monday, 2 February 2015

A redo of "Evening creeping in, Barassie" Acrylic 6" x 8"

"Evening creeping in, Barassie"
Acrylic 6" x 8"
 Redo of this one from the beginning of December, well just the foreground. Felt it needed to be darkened to enhance the light and push the fading Arran back. Was taking it and Last Silver Light to the Framework Gallery in Troon this afternoon. Only decided this morning to make the alterations, could have been a real disaster but turned out just as I wanted!
Very cold day at the beach but a lovely light, only had my wee Canon Powershot with me, but, got some nice shots for future paintings.
Stay warm and cosy where ever you may be...