Monday, 29 February 2016

Pitlochry Festival Theatre exhibition

"Distant Blues" Acrylic 6" x 6"

A day spent in the studio organising work that will be heading to Pitlochry next week. "Distant Blues" above and nine of it's companions had to to be labelled, bubble wrapped and catalogued for they're journey up North. Depending on what time I have this is sometimes a relaxing change to the routine or a mad scrabble where chaos reigns. Today fortunately was time consuming but pleasant and being the 29th it was a bonus day, smile! Been a few years since I've exhibited at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre it will be nice to be back. Hopefully the sun will show it's face and I'll get to see the wonderful Perthshire countryside in all it's glory. The exhibition starts on the 11th March...

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Happy Birthday Dad

Another glorious morning, sadly I was a little later getting out this morning and missed most of the frost, maybe tomorrow. Today would have been my Dad's 91 st birthday so these photos are for him. He loved early morning walks, he loved the countryside, he loved his dogs and he loved us his family to the moon and back.
Miss you to the Moon and back Dad xxxx

Saturday, 27 February 2016

A Wee Splash of Colour...

After what seems an eternity the dogs and I ventured out for a proper walk this morning. The sun was out, sort of, more a glare I think. Coming to the end of February but there isn't much sign of Spring springing out anytime soon. That said everything can start sprouting forth in the blink of an eye. Some photos picking up what colour I could find. Is it my eyes or is the old rail bridge dipping a little in the middle. A pretty wee coal tit that was singing it's heart out for anyone that would listen but sadly, unbelieveably he was the only bird I actually saw on my walk. A pretty starling showing of it's green breast in the garden and the only sign of Spring my first group of Daffodils braving the cold wind. Lastly we have Lilly wearing her serious face lol. I had planned too start my garden tidy up but the planning stage was as far as it got...might be warmer!

Friday, 26 February 2016


"Gleneagles - pencil study after his 2000 Guineas win, 2015"

Sadly not much progress, feeling tired and a bit washed out today with the attention span of a goldfish. Sat my pad against the printer on my desk and thought that looks quite nice so took it's photo. Gives an idea of how small the drawing is when you see it beside other objects.
Have a great weekend, rain free hopefully :)

Work in Progress "Gleneagles - 2015 2000 Guineas"

Did a little work on the pencil sketch of Gleneagles after his 2015 2000 Guineas win. Find drawing quite relaxing, that will probably change if things start to go pear shaped :)

Sunday, 21 February 2016

A Flash of Green

"Of winter's lifeless world each tree
Now seems a perfect part;
Yet each one holds summer secrets
Deep down within it's heart."

~ Charles G. Slater

Wednesday, 17 February 2016


I used to think that starlings were pretty much, noisy, messy. nondescript birds but how wrong could I be. They're still noisy and messy but far from nondescipt if you have the time to sit and watch. At first glance they look a dirty black colour but when the sun shines their plummage comes into its own. Pearlised colour, blues, green and violet flashes over them and the fleathers are patterned. I especially love there breasts which appear to be covered in little heart shapes. They also live in family groups and bicker noisily at each other over a tiny piece of bread. They are surprisely clean in habit (even if they do poop for Scotland) and are first in the bird bath in the morning and last to bathe at night. I've kinda got attached to them :)

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Another work in progress

Yet another start to another work in progress, has actually been quite a stressful day today but I was determined to get this one started. I'm happier than I was the last four or five times I attempted it. Practice makes perfect...

Monday, 8 February 2016

There's A Horse On My Easel

Oil on Paper

Well if you've been following my blog for a while, or in fact even a short time, then I'm sure you'll have realised by now that I have a passion for horses. I've been creating horse art since I could hold a pencil. Admittedly in the beginning you might have been hard pressed to know my horses from my dogs or coos. Over the years I've improved a bit, but strangely when I started painting full time horse's started to get replaced by landscapes and seascapes e.t.c. I guess mainly that was because that was what the galleries wanted. Then in 2002 when my Dad died things changed. In fact life as I had known it changed completely. Caring for my Mum and my brother chipped away at my art until I was hardly painting at all. In the last few years that has started to change and I've been enjoying painting again and having a few sales here and there. While I do love painting landscapes and seascapes and attempting new subjects and will continue with that. I have a real hankering to paint horses again, I miss my flesh and blood horses and painting them is the next best thing. Over the last few days I've been working at starting a new Page on Facebook. It's not to replace the one I already have it will continue as usual. This is solely for horses and I've called it There's A Horse On My Easel have a wee peek if you get the chance. Well time to hit the pillow as this blasted rain continues to rattled against the window, when will it stop?
Thanks for looking!

Friday, 5 February 2016

One year on...

"We do not remember days; we remember moments" ~ Cesare Pavese

A white tulip in memory of Helen, a lovely neighbour and good friend x

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

One from the scrapbook...

"Coming out of the Pack" ~ Peter Biegel
Another from my scrapbook of favourite artists a master of action Peter Biegel

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Work in progress ~ "Gleneagles study" in pencil

Didn't get much sleep last night as 'Henry' did his best to rattle every bit of the house. It always seems as if every tile is being ripped of the roof but, in the morning light everything seems ok. Apart from the side gate which had already lost one post and was waiting to be repaired. The post actually holding the gate up has split and it too will need repaired. Fingers crossed it will all hold together until my fence man can come.
This is one of the many studies I'm always planning to do but never seem to get around to but thought I would have a wee doodle. It's the gorgeous Gleneagles cooling down after his 2000 Guineas win. Such a lovely boy, I wish he had been able to take more chances to prove just how good he was. Many thanks to Michael R Smithson for allowing me to use his photo for reference. It's not a large study as I'm using my small sketch pad which is only about 8" x 6"  so easy to manage.
Still windy today but not as bad as yesterday so here's hoping for a better sleep. Thanks for looking!

Monday, 1 February 2016

Pretty visitor...

This pretty female blackbird is a regular visitor to the garden. This is her pose while I'm working at the kitchen sink. It's my cue to put some fat pellets out for her. Her favourites next to raisins, she then proceeds to have her morning dunk in the bird bath no matter how cold it!
Trying hard to concentrate at my sketchpad but the wind has got up and there have been some scary gusts. Hopefully I'll still here by the morning and more to the point so will the house!
Thanks for looking in...