Saturday, 30 July 2016

The Rook

Not really focused at the moment in my artwork, too much disruption going on at home to concentrate. But as I was getting myself ready for bed I suddenly got determined to do something even if it was just a scribble. Well scribble it is, a quick look at some photos I had been going through and this one caught the eye. I rough scribble of one of the new Rooks that came to visit in the garden a few weeks back. Not much I'll grant you but it's pencil to!

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Sma' Rain

Lazy, rainy Sunday, a continuous drip of what we call in Scotland Sma' rain. You know the kind where your getting wet but it's so soft you don't know until your soaked. Good rain for the plants and garden but I'm not so sure the birds were enjoying it. There was a lot of puffing up and ruffling of feathers. Taking these photos was about the most strenuous I!

Friday, 22 July 2016

A visit...

A visit this morning from one of the blackbird babies that was born this year and spent such a long time in my garden :)

Thursday, 14 July 2016

A walk on the Beach

I had to visit my framer today at Framework Gallery in Troon, and as we were still being blessed with good weather, I put the camera in the car as well. A lovely walk along the shore at Barassie was a delight and really warm. Didn't even need a jacket. The dogs thoroughly enjoyed the scenery. It's a strange thing with dog's, just as they always seem to know when they are going to the vets, they also have a sixth sense when they are going to the beach lol. I thought it might have been busy with the Open being held at Royal Troon but apart from a big police presence it was just as normal.
Ready now for the pillow the sea air has that calming affect.
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

In the Garden

With it being such a lovely day, there was only ever going to be once place I would be in this afternoon, the garden. To be honest, apart from it being wet I could pretty much enjoy being in the garden at anytime. I have a little corner at the top of the garden that I just let go wild. Mostly because it's difficult to dig because of all the tree roots. But, it's really getting a bit too wild so I decided to make a start at opening some of it up. Bravely without any gloves I made a start to cut off the lower branches of the very pretty but evil Berberis. I'm not joking when I say she is evil some of her thorns are over an inch long, and I swear she makes a grab for you as you walk past. The good weather though had brought the goodness out in her and I never as much as got a scratch. Probably doesn't look as if I've taken much in the photo but I also removed some Aquilegia. Although it's really pretty it self seeds and takes over. The lovely yellow privet can now been seen in all it's glory.
Sitting on my new summer seat having a cup of tea and a some shortbread I couldn't resist taking a photo of the golden one's face, staring at me, willing me to drop the shortbread, honest I did give him a bit. The birds all started to come back out of their hidey holes and back to the bird station. Mostly sparrows and starlings, the jackdaws and rooks wait until I leave before they settle down. A pretty moon and a gorgeous sunset was a perfect end to a lovely day.
Hope your day was just as!

Monday, 11 July 2016

"Evening Glitter" Acrylic 6" x 8"

"Evening Glitter"
6" x 8"

Managed this wee seascape off the easel this afternoon and hopefully will get it down to Framework Gallery for framing along with a couple others. Enjoyed working on it but now I'm tired and slumber awaits.
Thanks for looking in.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Five years...

Went onto Facebook this morning and this beautiful girl was looking at me from the 'you have memories'. Was a different photo one when she was older, this was my Tara at just over two years old. Bought out of field in Perthshire, when she arrived my Dad asked if I had bought a Hereford calf instead of a foal. But boy did she make him eat his words for she blossomed and turned into something quite beautiful. Not only in looks but also in nature. Kind and gentle she just loved people and would follow you around the yard  as you did your chores. Five years ago on this day I lost my beautiful girl to an aneurysm. Barely a day passes that I'm not reminded of her or Rio or Dougal, over 27 years they were such a big part of my life. But Tara especially was my Rock. She and I comforted each other when Rio died and then shortly after that my Dad, 2002 was an awful year. She was my go to person when Mum's Alzheimer's started taking her further and further away, the place to escape too when I needed to scream. I'd be standing in yard in the dark looking down at the lights and she would come up behind and put her head over my shoulder doing what could only be her way of giving a cuddle. I took comfort that before she lay down for the last time, her head went up and she gazed down the field that way only horses do, when they see something that you can't. And then she neighed and I'm sure it was Rio and Dougal, there to take her on her journey. Oh yes I miss her :(

Sunday, 3 July 2016

"Round Bales on the Hill" Acrylic 8" x 8"

"Round Bales on the Hill"
Acrylic 8" x 8"

I really have been in the painting doldrums lately, so it's with some relief that I finally have a finished and signed painting off the easel. I won't bore you with details, those who follow my blog know that I'm a full time carer to my brother. Over the last few years it has got a bit more stressful and that in turn has had an effect on my art. At times I feel I'm taking five steps back with my painting to one step forward. And I've even in some dark moments contemplated giving it up all together. But, what else would or could I do. So time to straighten the slightly creaky back, paint on my best smilely face and devise a plan of action.
Thanks as always for looking in...