Not much sun today but it was warm so I decided to work a bit in the garden. BB one of last years baby blackbird's still visits the garden even though she's all grown up. The minute she saw me starting to dig in the garden she came down knowing I'd throw some snails her way. She really is a beautiful bird. I'm making a border along the fence, I've actually been going to do for the last couple of years but never ever found the time. Didn't get it finished but at least a start has been made. A pretty starling with it's love heart breast and a jackdaw with it's piercing blue eyes make up the other photos.
Now it's time for bed, hopefully tomorrow will be another good day...smile!
One way to get the birds to pose is to give them props to use. This darling young starling was showing off her adult plumage starting to come through her baby feathers...right pretty don't you think :)
I'm quite lucky where I live as there is plenty of roads and paths to paint. One thing I have noticed though is most of the farmer's seem to be ploughing up their fields and growing crops. There are still a few have cattle but not nearly as many as used to, makes me a little sad. I'll have to travel further afield to find my models.
Glorious day here so I think I'll now go and find me a spot in the shade...smile!
When I woke this morning it was actually raining and I thought that it was going to be a lazy Sunday for me and the dogs. But, by the time I had got myself into gear and my first cup of tea the sun had broke through. Mind you, and it really pains me to say it but the first subtle signs of Autumn are starting to creep in. Last night it was gloaming at nine o'clock and I've noticed the birds are taking a bit longer to start their wake up call in the morning...sigh!
Took our usual walk on the Springside end of the country path and was surprised to see the rowans are already hanging with berries, not quite ripened but plenty of them, a sign of nature providing for the birds? Had my digital sketch book with me and got plenty of reference photos for inspiration at the easel. Also met this handsome big lad and yes he was as big as he looks in the photo, not tall but solid as a rock I wouldn't want to rub him up the wrong way.
Oh well think it might be time to put my feet up for tonight Countryfile, Fake or Fortune and then Poldark before bed. Thanks for looking :)
Was rifling through some paperwork and found an old envelope with some photos in it from a good few years back. There were a few of St Mary's Loch which is in the Scottish Borders and I used them to compose this wee painting this afternoon.
Day Seven and the last day of the Art Challenge. It had of course got to be a horse. Over the years horses and art have been to two constant's that have never wavered and most likely never will. This wee "Study of Gale" remains part of my collection and is actually on the wall above where I'm typing this blogpost.
I can't thank Marion Drummonde enough for nominating to do the challenge as it has boosted me to get back to work and create, I hope you've enjoyed following along.
Whoops forgot to post Day six of the Art Challenge yesterday. "Fields of Gold" is a new painting virtually straight off the easel as it was finished on Wednesday. This is how the countryside should look in the summer months but at the moment it's misted over by rain. Just means we appreciated it when the sun finally shines...smile!
This is my painting for Day Three on The Art Challenge on Facebook. He was such a handsome fella, I can't remember off hand what size this one is but I'd really like to do a much larger one at some point.
Happy 4th of July to those friends looking in from across the Pond :)
There's an Art Challenge doing the rounds on Facebook at the moment and today I was challenged by lovely Scottish artist Marion Drummond. It's a seven day challenge where you post one painting every day for seven days and also challenge another artist to do the same. Thought it would be fun to share then here on my blog. Chances are you will have seen them before but it might be fun. Day one is "Coming or Going".
Hope you all had a great weekend, I'll be back at the easel tomorrow after my time off and I'm really looking forward to it.
I'm happy to announce that I now find myself in a position to be able to start accepting commissions again. Prices start at £250 for an 8x8 headstudy. Contact me at email@example.com for more details.