Wednesday, 30 December 2009
Tuesday, 29 December 2009
Sunday, 27 December 2009
Well I'm off to put my feet up again before going to the yard to see if we can get the water running to fill up the water butts......my arms have stretched a good couple of inches these last few days carrying water containers. Hope your having a lovely time where ever your reading from, and thanks as alwaysfor looking.
Tuesday, 22 December 2009
Last Christmas commission finished so can relax a little now and look forward to the Christmas break and we really do have a White Christmas. Was lovely just sitting tonight all the Christmas scented tealights twinkling, watching the snow falling past the window.
Finished the Dane today and will frame it up tomorrow, fingers crossed they like it but have to blow my trumpet and say I do it's very striking.
Well I've had some lovely Danish cookies and a wee glass of Bailey's and I'm now off to bed. I hope the spirit of Christmas is warming you where ever you are and thanks for dropping by :)
Monday, 21 December 2009
Sunday, 20 December 2009
We actually have woken up to snow this morning so I looked through my archives for a snowy painting and found this one. It's actually one of my favourites, you know the kind, that even if they never sell your quite happy for it to continue hanging on your wall. This did sell, which although sounds like I'm blowing my own trumpet, I knew would. I have no idea where it went, other than it sold at the Torrance Gallery. The draw back at times of selling through Galleries is that unless the person who bought it contacts you, you rarely know where they go. If by chance you read this blog I'd love to hear from you......I know a real stab in the dark.
Actually thinking about archives now that I've managed to get back some of my files from my deceased computer I might just post some for you all to see......oh whoopee I hear you all shout lol.
As I said at the beginning of the post we have snow, quite heavy actually and I wasn't sure if the car was going to make it up Busbiehill this morning....but we managed and the horses were happy to see me....mind you they always are....smile. As you can see from the photo not even a snow blizzard puts the mammoth of his food.
Well must go get the shovel out, have a great day where ever your reading from and thanks as always for looking in.
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Monday, 14 December 2009
Busy day today.....sold Sea The Stars headstudy yesterday and I'm just about to put it in a frame, wrap it it up and send it off down south to a new collector. I'm down to my last Christmas commission a lovely Great Dane, her owner lives in Spain but is coming home for Christmas and this is a surprise from her family over here. Been held up writing Christmas cards so have to dash to the Post Office for stamps and send a couple over seas, fingers crossed they get them in time. Then maybe I can relax a little and hope I haven't forgotten anything.
Still working on pieces that aren't needed for Christmas so maybe manage some posts between now and January 4th but if I don't no need to worry I'll just be having some time out from the laptop.
I'm looking forward to next year and already my head is buzzing with some ideas. I'll still be doing my little landscapes and fingers crossed adding more galleries to my list but I would like to devote more off my time on equine portraits. Horses are in my heart always have been, always will be and I want to develop my skill on putting them onto canvas and spread that love about :)
Thanks so much to everyone who has visited my Blog this year and especially those who have taken the time to make comments, hope you'll continue to visit in the New Year and tell your family and friends to pop in too.
Sunday, 13 December 2009
Monday, 7 December 2009
Friday, 4 December 2009
Well I'm having a day off tomorrow going shopping and lunch with a friend. Christmas Craft Fair at Troon then to Dobbies in Ayr for lunch and check out the Christmas decorations.
Thanks as always for looking :)
Well I better get myself back to the easel instead of babbling away on here......sending this wee red breasted chap so you'll have something nice to look at....smile.
Monday, 30 November 2009
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Monday, 23 November 2009
Sorry no images of Edinburgh as I didn't have my camera with me, mind you the weather was much better in Auld Reekie than it is here in Ayrshire. Don't you just love the wash from huge juggernauts swamping your car. Brian and Ian were admiring their gallery window when I arrived and very nice it was looking. I'll publish the web address when it goes live. They said that was the easy part of hanging the Christmas Exhibition I agreed with them when I stepped inside and saw the mountain of work they have to have hung by this weekends opening. Good news I had sold "Path of the Stream" which meant I only had one to bring home.
Still have some chores to do then some paperwork and then maybe read some (The Gift by Cecelia Ahern) before some shut eye. Tomorrow will be disrupted with Rosemary coming to cut my hair, which I'm trying to grow ( I know that sounds Irish lol) and then restock the cupboards with groceries......then I might just manage some time at the easel.
Sunday, 22 November 2009
Then came Stroma another Shetland Sheepdog and another with the sweetest nature. He also had the brightest eyes I've ever known. His full name was Bright Eyes of Stroma (Stroma is an Island of the Shetlands). He too succumbed to heart problems and was a terrible sad loss to us.
Darling Amber was our first Pom. Mum didn't want another dog after the loss of Stroma but we finally coaxed her round. Dad and I both wanted a larger dog but Mum insisted it was a samll dog or none at all. We went to Kirkcaldy to 'see' a puppy that a friend knew was available, yeah and we all know what see means. I remember sitting in the lady's lounge when she brought the puppy in, it shot out of her hands and straight up onto my lap......he was home :) Amber the no fuss Pom, left us with no fuss no warning, just lay down and went to sleep at my side age 12 years.
We got Pebble when Amber was five to keep him company. Someone said it's always better to have two they are company for each other. Pebble was four months old when we got him and when we got him home it was love at first sight for him when he met Amber. Amber on the other hand was not exactly welcoming and his nose was a little out of joint for a wee while but Pebble was if nothing persistant and gradually he wore Amber down. He was my wee darling pint sized with the heart of Lion, totally bullet proof he would get us into trouble frequently lol. He was devoted to Amber and never recovered from Amber's death and died 60 days after him.
It's a devastating loss when you lose a pet they are part of the family but the love they give surely outweighs the pain. I'm going to treasure my boys no matter how long or short the time left. Where ever your reading this from hug your pet's close.
Friday, 20 November 2009
Well it only took a couple of minutes to correct the ear but I thought by the time I had been to the stables and back the light would have been useless to photograph the painting. Wonders of wonders we actually had a blink of sunshine and I mean blink. As I'm sitting here typing the rain is again lashing against the window.
I'm really happy with the way this little sweetie has turned out. She's available direct from the studio too anyone wishing to give her a new home, with a guarantee that if you don't fall in love with her you can send her right back. I can imagine she would certainly light up Christmas day for a horse lover you might know.
I'm off for a wee cuppa and a bic, see y'all tomorrow :))
Check my gallery blog for available originals selling from the studio and check out which galleries are showing my work. Perhaps your interested in booking a commission, enquiries can come to me.
Really cracked on with the wee princess this morning and barring one problem I'm quite pleased with progress. Bet you can't guess what's wrong LOL. I don't know about other artists but I have a stubborn streak in me and almost the minute I started painting this wee baby I knew the right hand ear wasn't balanced but I doggedly continued. Then this morning I was going through an ugly stage and thought I was going to lose my way with the whole painting. So I painted over the ear and left it to dry, not surprisingly everything else miraculously started to fall into place. Just waiting for the spot to dry and I'll try again with the ear....really don't think we'll get away with just one....smile.
Probably won't have another update till tomorrow, being firmly in winter's clutches we lose the light outside so quickly so won't be able to photograph it.
Thanks for popping in I so appreciate it and hope you visit again tomorrow and be sure to bring a friend :)
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Really enjoying working on this wee head study she definately is a little princess......smile. It can sometimes be difficult to get the facial structure on young foals but this little darling has a beautiful head and I reckon going to be quite a head turner as she matures. She is a bit woollie in the reference photos but hopefully I know enough about horses to pick out her bone structure. It's the next best thing too running my hands over her.
It's been a dreadful day here today weatherwise, makes me glad to have an inside job......well in between attending to the horses. Speaking of them better get up to the yard and tuck them in for the night. I'm lucky that they are stabled in an enclosed yard so they can wander around the yard when it's to wet for them to go into the paddock.
Hope you'll pop in tomorrow to see how the princess has progressed and thanks for looking in today.
Visit the Gallery Blog to see whats available direct from the studio and where my work is being exhibited. Commissions are being accepted, enquiries to me.
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Been a busy day today, spent the morning working at the easel then made some soup which went down nicely with some crusty bread. Afternoon I took some time off and spent it up at the yard having a good tidy and clear out by the time I had finished was pouring with rain and darkness was coming in. Had some little 6x6 boards gessoed ready to use so sketched this little darling out ready to start tomorrow.
Well may day has ended and I'm off to dreamland but I'll be back tomorrow to the real world hope you can join me.
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Monday, 16 November 2009
Firstly I'm sorry for the bad quality of this photograph but it's 11.30 in the evening and was the best I could do as I didn't want to use the flash. Have been missing doing my wee 6x6's so thought I'd do a wee doodle before I hit the pillow. Has turned into a wee arguement with me and the paints but I can at last see a little light at the end of the tunnel :) Sometimes think I plan a painting too much but with this one I've just let it flow, part of me would like to go on and finish it but my eyes are starting to sting a little so I'm calling it a day. Hopefully the buzz will be there tomorrow and I'll get it finished and a better photograph taken.....mind you the rain is lashing against the window so perhaps we'll be under water.
Hope it's dry where ever you are and thanks for looking in :)
Sunday, 15 November 2009
"Autumn On The Riverbank"
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
This is one of the falls at the Birks of Aberfeldy I didn't have time to walk up to the Falls of Moness but I'm told that it's breathtaking if what I saw was anything to go by then JRR Tolkien must have visited here because this is as near to Rivendell as you'll get, the woods are truly mystical and I swear you can hear then whispering :) ....oh and off course The Bard Rabbie Burns sat here and wrote the poem The Birks of Aberfeldy.
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
Monday, 2 November 2009
Managed to get it finished and photographed before we lost the light. It's the one thing I don't like about the winter months and when it's a wet day it's even worse, but after the shortest day on the 21st December it starts to get lighter.
I plan to do a larger portrait of Sea The Star in oils, you'll see it when it's done but probably be on the other side of Christmas as i have other fish too fry at the moment.
Thanks for visiting I hope you enjoy :)