Monday, 12 June 2017

"Path of Shadows" Acrylic 8" x 8"

"Path of Shadows"
Acrylic 8" x 8"

Another walk through the trees, don't worry I'm not getting obsessed with my path much as I love it. Just enjoying painting for the sake of painting, so I'm just painting whatever takes my fancy. Next one just might be another favourite subject, but this one has four legs.
Anyone that has a real fancy for this one just shout out.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

"Bleached" Acrylic 6" x 6"

Acrylic 6" x 6"

Actually meant to post this one yesterday evening but ended up with a migraine (blaming the thundery weather). So here it is a day late, not sure if I've totally captured the feel but it was so good to be sitting at the easel. Last Friday I took a couple of paintings down to the Framework Gallery in Troon and me and the dogs also had a lovely walk along the beach taking lots of reference photos and just soaking up the atmosphere. Also took a drive around the area as it was such a good day so you can expect a few more beach scenes in the coming weeks not to mention landscapes and some beasties from my travels.
Well I need to go peel a juicy Satsuma that's begging to be!

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

"The Path I Walk" Acrylic 12" x 12"

"The Path I Walk"
Acrylic 12" x 12"

My heart wasn't in my painting yesterday it was filled with such a sadness for those affected by the terrible loss of life in Manchester. My heart and tears are for those families who have lost loved ones and for those who are still in hospital whose lives will never be the same again.
I made myself paint this morning, to get back a sense of the peace I felt when I started this on Monday. On mornings when I walk this path with the dogs I find an inner peace, I hope all those feeling sad today can find that same peace in this painting. Love to all X

Monday, 22 May 2017

Work in Progress...

Had a late start getting to the easel this afternoon but all in all was happy with where I finished today on this new painting. Can honestly say painting this path that I walk with the dogs most mornings left me soothed in much the same way as the walk does. The dappled light through the trees and the birds singing their songs helps to calm me.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Delivering to the (new) Aberfeldy Gallery

Towards the end of last year Judy the owner of the Aberfeldy Gallery told us that she had decided to retire and was putting the gallery up for sale. Though delighted for Judy getting her well deserved retirement myself and I'm sure the other regular artists were hoping against hope that whoever bought the gallery would keep it as a gallery. Well as luck would have it it was bought by a lovely young couple Anna and Adam Seward and will have it's opening exhibition on the 27th of this month.
Yesterday I made the trip up with four paintings and got to meet Anna and her parents. The gallery is looking very bright and welcoming and they will be starting to hang their first exhibition over the next couple of weeks.
The dogs were delighted to get a walk in the Birks of Aberfeldy, such a joy to see the fresh new vegetation though it just goes to show how lacking in water we have been with not much water coming over the falls (it is making up for it today, I'm sure that a months rain has fallen this morning). On the way back home I popped into Dunkeld where they got another walk this time through the ancient woods behind Dunkeld Cathedral and then alongside the River Tay. There was a nice wee breeze that kept it pleasant.
Back at the easel today my creative juices have been replenished by the beauty of nature's!

"Buttercups, Daisies and Moo"
Acrylic 10" x 12" £395

"Charley Bull"
Acrylic 6" x 7" £200

"Cold Walk, Barassie" 
Acrylic 8" x 8" £250

"Evening Sail"
Acrylic 10" x 14" £395

The Birks of Aberfeldy

The Birks of Aberfeldy

Alongside the River Tay, Dunkeld

Bluebells in the ancient woods, Dunkeld Cathedral

River Tay, Dunkeld

Saturday, 13 May 2017

"Glamour is a shooting star, it catches your eye, but fades away, beauty is the sun always brilliant day after day." ~ Mike Dolan

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Green Shore and Castle, Ayr...

Was delivering paperwork to Ayr yesterday and I took advantage of the beautiful weather we've been having with a walk along the beach at Greenan. Buddy enjoyed himself but I think Lilly was having a hard time with the deep soft sand...wee short!

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

This mornings walk...

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Was a glorious morning for our walk, blue skies, slight breeze and even some heat. Hat and jacket discarded and now down to a bodywarmer, must truly be Summer. Well for today anyway lol. It's amazing how at this time of year the countryside can change completely from almost barren countryside to sprouting everywhere. And the bird song it's like walking to Classic FM. Aww and the wee bunny, there were actually three of them. Unfortunately I didn't see them on the path until the last moment by which they had already clocked me and headed for the rough. This one was nearest the path and I was quite sad to see the fear in it's eye when I put these up on the screen. Loved it's little powder puff tail.
Well been busy in the garden this morning and have to say now starting to feel my aches and pains, old age doesn't come!

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

The call to Spring seems to be louder, sweeter, more siren like, than ever before.
The longing to get closer to nature, fills the heart. ~ M.F. Canfield

Friday, 28 April 2017

"Fresh Fields and Cow Parsley" Acrylic 6" x 6" £190

"Fresh Fields and Cow Parsley"
Acrylic 6" x 6"

The fields are certainly getting greener and soon the cow parsley will be appearing in the hedgerows. Some of the cows are back in the fields after being in the sheds over Winter. Summer is just around the corner.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Had a wee trial with Atelier Acrylics

As I mentioned on another post I had been giving the heads up about Atelier Acrylics as a substitute for oils. Sadly I've developed an allergic reaction when working with oils, even water based ones. A facebook friend Renee Fukumoto suggested these. Have to say I was a little dubious but right from the get go I was impressed with how they felt. I used a piece of mdf measuring 6" x 6" and painted straight on to it without any gesso. First day I only did the eye in the top image but was pleasantly surprised by how much they felt like oils, they have a juicy, buttery feel to them and are slower to dry than normal acrylics so it makes working wet on wet much easier and they blend beautifully. The following day the paint had dried as normal acrylics would so I used the water spray on the board, dabbed off some excess water and worked into the painting wet on wet. Really pleased with the result though in future I think it would be better to either gesso the board or gesso with clear gesso if you want the effect of the board coming through. Like oils it tends to suck in the paint. But I'm really happy and can't wait to get started proper with them and see how they!
Thanks for looking in...Elizabeth :)

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Full circle...

When my Dad died in 2002 after all the funeral stuff was over I gave my Dad's ring to my Uncle Joe as he didn't have one and Steven already wore his grandfather's. Well yesterday my cousin Jim popped in for a visit. When we were sitting having a cuppa and a blether he handed me a wee velvet pouch. Inside was my Dad's ring, he had found it amongst jewellery when he was clearing my Aunt and Uncle's house after Uncle died last Boxing Day. I was really very grateful to him for giving me it back and it was the strangest feeling when I held it in my hand. Like a warmth, as if it had come home. Most days I've been ok, I'm one of those kind of people who can be happy in their own company but somedays I do miss the little circle Mum, Dad, Steven and I had. I felt my Dad was there when I put that ring on as if it had come back full!

Friday, 21 April 2017

Still playing catch up..."Cloud's Over Ayrshire" Acrylic 12" x 12"

"Cloud's Over Ayrshire"
Acrylic 12" x 12"

Still playing catch up on the blog with work that hasn't been on here. Thoroughly enjoyed myself painting this one as I love painting cloud's. Thankfully living in Ayrshire I can get plenty of practice painting them as our countryside is pretty much rolling fields and big skies. This one is currently available through the Framework Gallery in Troon. So, give yourself a treat, a look through a lovely gallery (Buy one of my paintings ;) lol), a wander round the shops and then a stroll along one of the beaches, followed by some ice cream or maybe even a fish supper, sounds just perfect :)
This afternoon I'm going to try out some new acrylics one of my facebook friends (Renee Fukumoto) gave me the heads up about. You might remember that I suddenly started having an allergic reaction to oils, I miss using them desperately, especially when painting animals. These Atelier Acrylics are supposed to be the nearest thing to painting in oils, so I'll let you all know how they go.
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 20 April 2017

"Cold Walk, Barassie" Acrylic 8" x 8"

"Cold Walk, Barassie"
Acrylic 8" x 8"

Coming into the last week of the Spring Exhibition at the Torrance Gallery in Edinburgh, so if you haven't seen the exhibition you haven't much longer as it closes on the 29th April. Weather hasn't really been very spring like these past few days, could really do with it warming up a little.
Thanks for looking in...

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

"A Whippet Called Isla" Acrylic 8" x 8"

"A Whippet Called Isla"
Acrylic 8" x 8"

 Finished the Study of Isla the whippet (I shared some work in progress photos a couple of days ago) this afternoon and I'm really quite pleased with the result.  Yesterday was spent in the front garden giving the grass its first cut and doing some tiding. Going to take a wee while to get the garden into some sort of order as it has sadly been neglected these past couple of years. Should keep me out of mischief when I'm not in the studio.
Time to wind down and get dinner on, thanks for looking!

Monday, 17 April 2017

"Spring's New Greens" Acrylic 16" x 16"

"Spring's New Greens"
Acrylic 16" x 16"

This was a new painting I did especially for the Spring Exhibition at the Torrance Gallery in Edinburgh. Spring seemed to be taking so long to come and the beauty about being an artist is you can transport yourself to any any season you want. Love the fresh greens in this one and just a smattering of spring flowers for contrast. It's currently on show at the Torrance Gallery's Spring Exhibition which runs until the 29th April .
Holiday Monday and though still pretty fresh  there's a wee blink of sunshine so hopefully I'll be able to give the front garden it's first cut.
Thanks for!

Sunday, 16 April 2017

It's Good to be Back...

The other day I was having a blank moment with a painting and I found myself thinking about my old blog. So I took a wee peek, that's a bit like opening a bag of Malteaser's and expecting only to eat two or three. As I scrolled through the pages I started to get a wee bit homesick for the good times I had spent here. A few days further on and here I am sitting at the screen typing, and it doesn't feel as if I've been away. Mind you it's not as if years have past it's only been three months. Quite a bit has changed, I find myself alone now trying to get back into my painting full time. My brother Steven that I was carer too passed away suddenly in January and I find myself with a newfound freedom that I'm still trying to come to terms with. Someday's are easier than others but now as the days are lengthening things are getting better. I'm back at the easel, someday's more confidently than others and it feels right to come back here where I've always enjoyed sharing my work.
There are a few pieces that those of you who aren't on facebook won't have seen, but there will be time later to share them. So for now I'll share the painting I was working on today. It's a work in progress of "A Whippet called Isla", it's in acrylics as I'm still having problems using oils.
So thanks for looking in, it's good to be!

Sunday, 8 January 2017

All good things come to an end...

Seven years tomorrow will be the 7th anniversary of this blog so it's with more than a little tinge of sadness that tonight will be my last entry. I know there are many of you out there who I have never met or have even spoke to through the blog but rest assured I am grateful to the bottom of my heart for everyone of you. We have shared many good and often humorous times and there have been times when your kind words and thoughts have seen me through the most painful days.
The blog has become quiet of late mostly I expect because of other social media influences. I will continue to Blog from my page on Facebook Elizabeth McCrindle Artist Blog some of you follow already and I'd be delighted for others to join. It's just the same format paintings, photos and quotes. I can't bring myself to delete this one, too many happy memories, images and thoughts. I shall just leave it here for all to see and perhaps return to...

Thanks for looking xxxx

"There are big ships and small ships. But the best ship of all is friendship" ~ Anon

Thursday, 29 December 2016


Only two days to go until we are into a brand new year, the consensus seems to be here's hoping it's better than 2016. I could certainly go with that. I'm really not one for making resolutions but I had a flick through a sketchpad this evening and one thing I want to do more this coming year is draw/sketch. Most of the stuff in the pad was pretty grim but I really like this study I attempted of Samson, the Rook who visited my garden for many years until he passed in 2015. It's pretty rough but there's also a softness about it. He was a sweet old guy and was at the stage in his life where he looked a little ragged round the edges. I might even get this one framed up as a keepsake.
Well there is a lovely cup of coffee downstairs with my name on it, and a couple of pieces of shortbread, Night all.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Sad Day

Me being flowergirl at Aunt and Uncles wedding...

Sad news this morning (26th) when the phone rung, normally I let it go to the answer machine to avoid having to get stroppy with nuisance callers. But, that sixth sense that we all seem to develop for family and friends in trouble kicked in and I answered it. My Uncle Joe had been in hospital, I had visited him on Thursday passed and even to my untrained in medicine eye, I knew he wouldn't be coming back to the home he had once shared with my Aunt Jenny. As some of you who follow my blog will know Auntie left us in October 2015 after a short but awful fight with cancer. Cancer of a different kind had ate at Uncle before and since then and cousin Jim was phoning to tell me that early this morning his big heart had stopped. Sad though I am, I'm so glad that his pain is over and he will be at peace hopefully reunited with my Aunt.
He and my Aunt were very good to me and my brother Steven after my Dad died. It was difficult caring for both Mum who had Alzheimer's and Steven who is severely handicapped but they kindly helped lighten the load. Uncle loved helping me in the garden and often took Steven to watch his beloved Knockentiber Amateurs play.
Instead of tears I will remember them both with fun, lots of smiles and much laughter. I will finish with a story that my Dad used to love telling us. When Mum and Dad first got married they lived with my Mum's Aunt Nan who lived in Crosshouse. After a wee while the council offered them a flat in an upstairs, downstairs house in Knockentiber. Being just starting out they didn't have much in the way of furniture so my Gran offered them a wardrobe. Dad and Uncle Joe decided to carry the wardrobe all the way from Gran's in Crosshouse to Knockentiber. Theres rather a steep brae to contend with and when they had got themselves and the wardrobe to the top they needed a rest. In the distance they could see a woman coming so daft idiots that they were they both hid in the wardrobe and waited till this poor soul was passing. They then proceeded to chap on the doors of the wardrobe shouting "Let me out, let me out". When they got out this poor wee woman was running down the hill as fast as her legs would carry her. So, now you know where my madness comes!
Love and miss you forever Uncle xxxx  

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Merry Christmas

Looking at the calendar today I discovered that in just over two weeks we will be into a brand new year. With all the crazy stuff that's going on in the world at the moment it can't come quick enough. Though I guess in all honesty having 2017 on the date won't I expect make the doom and gloom disappear, but we can hope. I spent part of today looking for suitably snowy or festive photographs  to send you all my personal good wishes for Christmas and the New Year. I had actually intended a nice snowy one but then I noticed this wee guy. Next to Santa's red suit you can't get more Christmassy than a wee robin redbreast.
Christmas always seems better as a memory to me now, I have wonderful memories as a child when my Gran and Papa, Aunt and Uncle and cousins would come for Christmas dinner to our house and in the New Year we all converged at Gran and Papa's house in Crosshouse for New Year dinner. Steak pie with tatties and turnip. The steak pie was made up by the Co-op butcher in gran's ashet that  was left with him and picked up on New Year's Eve. All the grown up's sat around the table in the living room and we kids were set up in the kitchen. Good day's.
Now I'm more likely to catch up with the ever growing pile of books and magazines I've been buying and eat food that's too rich for my now sensitive digestive system but Hey Ho it's only twice a!
I hope you and yours have a wonderfully peaceful Christmas and New Year xx

Sunday, 27 November 2016

After a week of heavy frost I woke to a much milder Sunday morning. The first morning I didn't have to put warm water on the the birdbath. Have to say, although cold I much prefer the frosty mornings which almost always brings a bit of sun with it. Today though milder had that damp feeling that sends wee shivers up and down your spine. Much as I wanted to get on with work in the studio I knew that I really had to go out and clear the last of the leaves from the cherry blossom tree. This year for the first I can remember she was the last clinging to her leaves like prized jewels. The frost put paid to them and only a rare few are still clinging on stubbornly. Although the studio beckoned I have to say being in the garden was probably just as productive. Much like when I used to get my best ideas while mucking out the horses, I also get ideas for paintings while working in the garden. Nowadays it's remembering them by the time I get back at the easel that's the problem, old age doesn't come it's self as they say.
Other good news is I have a couple of Rooks back in the garden. One looks a juvenile while the other seems older and less sleek. I really miss my beautiful Samson and hopefully these two will continue to come and visit and will perhaps strike up a mutual trust with me,  as Samson did, well I think it's time to put the kettle on. I do believe there are also some chocolate brownies to nibble, if I can just manage to open the lid without Buddy and Lilly hearing me lol.

Friday, 18 November 2016

"Spring Summer, and Fall fill us with hope; Winter alone reminds us of the human condition"
~ Mignon McLaughlan