Friday, 31 December 2010
My intention was to have another small painting too finish the year with....not snow you'll be pleased to hear but it just didn't happen. Oh I tried, but it just wasn't right. So, I picked up a pencil and one of the many pristine sketch books that I seem to collect and sketched for the first time in yonks. A quiet hour or so just me, the pencil and the paper a good way to end the year.....with the beginning of an idea.
A Happy and Prosperous 2011 to you all.....Elizabeth
Thursday, 30 December 2010
Tuesday, 28 December 2010
Friday, 24 December 2010
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
by James Orr
I received this Christmas card the other day from an artist friend Jimmy Orr and each time I look at it a smile starts from with in. Everything about it is just so right, not just colour and compostition but it tells a story, one that you wish you could enter the painting and take part in. I can almost hear the excited chatter of the two friends off across the field with their sledge.
We're almost at the end of the year, a time to re-group ready to start afresh. Last year I wrote a whole screed about what I would be doing and haven't accomplished half of it. So, this year it's not going to be about saying but about doing. First thing I will be doing is going back to having just one blog....this one! You'll find all my news on here as always, though perhaps not on a daily basis, I need to spend more time at the easel and less on the computer.
A new year is an exciting new start, the beginning of the next part in the journey. Thanks for the past year and all the lovely comments you have no idea how encouraging they are. Sometimes it can feel like it's just me and the easel and then I come here and find that someone's been looking over my shoulder. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and the Happiest New Year.
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
Sunday, 19 December 2010
I know there are plenty people all over the UK at the moment cursing this winter spell we've been having but it does make for some beautiful paintings. I love the muted colours and although you might think there isn't much colour around it's there if only you take the time to look. There have been some beautiful sky's at sunrise and sunset. This was just before sunset a last moment of heat in the sky before the temperature started dropping into minus.
Monday, 13 December 2010
Spent today on the finishing touches to Peter the bull and if I say so myself he's looking pretty handsome. This is the first of the paintings I'm planning of the Charolais family that I'm very lucky to have almost at my doorstep. Peter as I call him gave me cause for concern (even though they don't belong to me) at the beginning of the year when it was obvious that he was ill with what looked like a tumor on his right hip. He was desperately thin and for a while he remained in a small paddock next to the farm by himself. He was put in with the ladies and their calves around July still looking very poorly but as the weeks went by there was a gradual change in him as his body began to fill out and the lump receded. Spending time watching the herd it's obvious that he is very caring and protective of his family group even the calves that I'm sure aren't his, I've often caught him licking and nudging them playfully. If he were human he'd be a right nice bloke :)
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Monday, 6 December 2010
I had intended having him finished this afternoon but had a bit of drama when winter hit us once again with heavy snow falling from around 11 o'clock in the morning until about half two in the afternoon. I managed up to feed Tara at lunchtime with no problems but it was a different story in the evening. Expecting trouble I set off early so that it was still light. Driving at a crawl on untreated roads everything was fine till Busbiehill, was almost at the top (typically) when my tyres lost grip. Was nothing for it but to reverse back down the hill, car had other ideas as the back end slid round, and I was stuck firmly in the middle of the road on the middle of the hill. Got out and walked to the yard for a shovel and grit. Got a shovel no problem but no grit as the Council hadn't left any, was nothing for it but to raid Andra's refuge bin. Andra has a coal fire and every morning he put his ashes into a plastic bag and drops it in the bin. So it was Andra's and not Angelas Ashes that saved me the embarrassment of having to get towed off the hill........tomorrow I'll walk :)
Saturday, 4 December 2010
Friday, 3 December 2010
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Monday, 29 November 2010
Photo below was taken Saturday morning thought the hawthorn berries really lifted the scene and might try it as a painting. As you can see winter has most definately arrived :)
Sunday, 28 November 2010
Friday, 26 November 2010
Tonto (Silver By Nature) on his summer break.
Tomorrow is going to be a bit exciting and nerve wracking all at the same time Tonto aka Silver By Nature is running in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury would have been better if he had the heavy ground he loves but he'll give a good account of himself in the good to soft. I'll be like a hen on a hot plate until the race is run. I'm hoping you'll all keep everything crossed for Geoff, Joyce and Lucinda and the team....silver for gold :))
Thursday, 25 November 2010
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
There is a subtle pink in the sky on the horizon of this wee snow scene which is lost in the publishing and it goes to make the painting feel a little warmer. But even looking at it now I want to pull my gloves on and wrap my scarf tighter to keep out the chill.
Monday, 22 November 2010
Sunday, 21 November 2010
Saturday, 20 November 2010
Friday, 19 November 2010
Monday, 15 November 2010
"The Path" will be heading to Edinburgh next Monday to take part in the Torrance Gallery's Christmas Exhibition where the hint of what is around that bend might attract it to someone.
Saturday, 13 November 2010
The holly by the way is from Andra's garden, every year round about now he starts making christmas garlands from the produce of his garden. It's time consuming as he picks and makes them all himself....well with a little help from his family these past couple of years. He turned 92 last week and finally admits too slowing down......smile!
Friday, 12 November 2010
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Sunday, 7 November 2010
Friday, 5 November 2010
I've been a little short on posts these last couple of weeks for various reasons. Was off to Aberfeldy to deliver my paintings early for the Christmas Exhibition as a client was coming early to look at a couple of my paintings. The exhibiton opens tomorrow with a lovely selection of work, some of which can be seen online at http://www.aberfeldygallery.co.uk .
Sunday past I finally got down to Rozelle to see the Save The Children Exhibition...on the very last day of the show. Another lovely exhibition where 173 paintings had been sold from just over 400 entries at a value of £41,621 not bad in the economic climate.
Some personal issues and a touch of painters block has left me a bit drained and frustrated as I have a number of commisions on the burner (including one very big one which I can't hide from as it takes up a huge part of my studio and stares accusingly at me). I know this will pass but for now I'll take things at a slower pace for a little while, you may have noticed I've altered the goal posts for the 100 paintings for under £100. They now don't have a finish date and will be finished...when they're finished. The good news for that is you'll have longer to decide which one you want :)
Thanks for looking in and have a lovely weekend :)