As you can probably tell by the photos, this morning was the first heavy frost of the year, along with a bit of strong sunshine to make it magical. Decided yesterday that I wouldn't do any painting today and it seemed to add the flavour of a holiday to the day. Took a little longer on my walk plus more photos than the norm. The Charolais cattle looked especially magnificent today with the strong morning sun burning their coats. The Highland Cattle are further along the road but thought it was worth driving to see if they were there........they where shrouded in billowing steam caused by the breathe hitting the cold air.
This afternoon was spent cutting the grass that was until my lawnmower after many years of hard graft decided it was time to call a halt. Will have to go shopping tomorrow for a new one so as I can get the back garden finished, this should be the last cut of the year. This evening I'm going to put my feet up and do absolutely nothing and tomorrow I'll be refreshed and ready to plunder the easel :))
Still have two wee ones to get done for Aberfeldy but as they needed the images for today (exhibition catalogue) I decided to have a change of scenery and will fit them in through the week.....the scenery has turned out to be the Rough Collie work in progress. I know I should cover the whole canvas and then get to the detail but it just doesn't work for me the hands keep coming back putting more shape and detail into the face.....sigh, one day. It's actually being a bit of a monkey to do. Because Bonnie died about a year ago I wasn't able to take my own photos and I'm working from the clients. It's a bit like having a jigsaw puzzle and the pieces don't fit so I'm making it up as best I can.....but I am enjoying it :)
No painting tomorrow I really have to catch up with the garden before the weather turns. Need to give the lawn it's last (hopefully) cut so say a prayer for a dry day tomorrow.
Yesterday was a pig of a day, I was late getting to the easel and once I got there wish I hadn't bothered and ended up with nothing to show for it. Managed to get started first thing today but after yesterday I'm not really sure if I like this one. When I would say that about past paintings I've done my Mum would say but someone will like it, maybe so, but it would always niggle in the back of my mind. I shall leave it for now and look at it later, perhaps put it in a frame....that can make a world of difference to a painting. Have a great day whatever your doing and thanks for looking in.
Exhibiting in the Aberfeldy Christmas Exhibition from 6th November 2010 - 6th January 2011
There's just something welcoming about a lit window. Especially now as the day's are starting to shorten, people returning home from work eager to get out of the cold. How welcoming the shoreline lights must be to those out on the seas.
This wasn't my intended painting today the first I struggled with but it was obvious that I wasn't going to get anywhere....so I turned about and did something totally different. I don't really have an affinity with the sea but I'm rather pleased with how this turned out.
Almost forgot to post these wee gems I talked about yesterday, possibly because I have already posted them on my 'virtual gallery' blogwhere they are available to purchase at the silly price for an original painting of £50 each. They are really charming little paintings (I know I'm biased :D ) that for whatever reason just seem to have been missing the person who has been looking for them....all except "Weather Coming In" it's been snapped up by a new collector in the USA. I'll leave them in my gallery blog until after Christmas....they would make a lovely Christmas present for someone who collects original art. If after that they remain unsold they will be retired never to be seen again......LAST CHANCE to own.
Exhibiting at the Aberfeldy Gallery's Christmas Exhibition
I'm sorry for mentioning that word Christmas and we're not even at the end of September. I'm working on another four pieces for Aberfeldy Christmas Exhibition and I need to get my images to the Gallery for this weekend so that they can prepare the website. I'm hoping to send five, the one above I did some time ago then promptly forgot all about it. I found it when looking for a book, it's a scene from Aberfeldy so who knows if that will find it a new home. I also unearthed another four which although they've been shown, for one reason or another they haven't found new homes :(....so as I'm feeling in a generous mood I'll be offering them at £50- each....a silly price for an original but I think they are too nice to be painted over.
Mother Nature never fails to amaze. On Wednesday morning when I was taking my walk I noticed a bit of a commotion happening in the field along side the path. It was full of sheep and by the noise they were making something was a foot. My first thought was a fox in the field, it wasn't but you could have blown me over with a feather when I noticed what it was. In a circle of about four ewes a ewe had given birth to a lamb.......in September. I watched for a bit expecting that the little bundle would be dead but no it was on it's feet very obviously hungry by the racket it was making. And if I had been surprised you should have seen the farmer's face when I dropped in to let him know.......think he thought I'd been at the mushroom soup. Every day since I've half expected it to be gone but it's still there and this morning I crossed the field to get a bit closer and take some photos. As you can see Mum was a bit worried about me being there so I didn't stop long. Question....is he/she a late or early lamb....whatever it's a cutie and a wee miracle.
Was visiting a client in West Kilbride today to take photographs of her lovely and ever young mare....27 years young and fresh as a daisy. On my way home I turned off and headed to Portencross a rugged and colourful stretch of coastline with an equally rugged history of past Viking invasions...or attempted invasions.
What remains of Portencross Castle built by the Boyd family on land given to them by Robert the Bruce in thanks for their part in the war of independance. It is having some major reconstruction done so that the public will be able to visit the almost intact Grand Hall and cellars.
The Saltire flowing in the rather strong and bitter wind that was whipping in.
A lone yacht out braving the bracing seas which were sparkling like diamonds.
Sal's thoughts of posing to long for the paparattzi...smile!!
The hardest thing about painting is the start.....where to put the first mark then the next and so on. I like to draw my subject on to the canvas first not a detailed drawing just a little map which probably only I know the direction it's going to. I know the map isn't carved in stone and that I'll alter things as I go along but I just feel I need that guide. If you look closely at this start you'll already noticed I've changed the nose and shifted the feet...sigh if only that's all I'll change. Will most likely have another start tomorrow, a jockey which will be the second of my paintings for the Save The Children Exhibition. Hopefully with all to stopping and starting you won't get confused and hopefully neither will I...smile!
This by the way is Bonnie sadly no longer with her owner but still very much loved and missed...the good thing about being an artist is being able to produce something that will be a lasting rememberence.
This is the first of two of my paintings that will be part of the Save The Children Art Exhibition this year at the Maclaurin Galleries. Another case of painting something around a title. One of these days I'm going to be so organised and far ahead with my work that the paintings heading for exhibitions will be ready in time for the catalogue details.....hmm when chicken have teeth.
The original isn't quite as yellow as this has come out been a begger too photograph. I'm not sure it's finished yet I was starting to get a little google eyed doing it so I'll have a look again tomorrow with a fresh eye.
Been busy catching up on some paperwork, answering emails but most especially saving photos to disc. With the emphasis being on saving the photos, I had a bit of a scare when all the photos I had taken in August disappeared off the face off the earth. Panic stricken would be an understatement cos not only did they include lots of lovely autumnal landscapes but most of the images I had taken last time I was at Ayr Races (like the one above). I had been in the process of saving them but there were tears, a little swearing and......... a lot of banging and crashing around. I sat in the kitchen clutching my cup of coffee when suddenly I remembered I still had the SD disc from the camera that I had taken from Ayr, all was not lost. Switched on the computer and bugger it were they not all back...I'm a little frazzled, ten years older and my blood pressure has gone off the scale but you can take it from me....they are all safely on disc.
I know that there are a few of you out there waiting for news about the little big man.....it's not good. I'm too upset at the moment go into all the ins and outs of it but the bottom line is our vets have done all they can do and we are at a two to three week window. This is my favourite photo of the wee hairy monster and the one he bows out too.......a wee fat hairy pony with the biggest character....."What silly idiot bought me a PINK water butt"!!
I was running late getting to the races on 26th August so I had already missed the horses paradingfor the first, infact I missed the race as it had just finished. The Mark Johnston trained Music News was first into the parade ring on route to the winners enclosure. Having been fourth he was right in line of my lens, pretty dainty for a colt but solid enough, it was his colouring that attracted me ranging from black to mahogony depending on how the sun hit him. Got quite a few images of him that I might go back for more, so, you might not have seen the last of him. I'll actually be painting his jockey for the upcoming Save The Children Exhibition. Well it's actually more a study of the colours as Joe Fanning has his back to me.
Quite a productive day at the easel. This morning I managed a little landscape in acrylics (below)which is No.24 of my 100 painting for under £100. Also did some more work on the work in progress of the colt Music News I'm really pleased with how it is coming along, it also will be joining the 100.
Slowly, slowly we're getting there. I do love the juicy feeling you get when using oils but it does take me longer. Think it's possibly for such a while I've been working exclusively with acrylics it's just a matter of adjusting back. Have been thinking of combining both mediums, starting my base painting in acrylics and finishing off with oils, we'll see :) I love this fellas starey eye which always reminds me of the great Shergar. He had just finished his race in this image and the blood is in his eyes and nostrils. A bit windy here today but think I'll go for a walk after I've been to the yard, should help blow the cobwebs off.
This afternoon's progress of the study of Music News has gone not too bad, I honestly almost gessoed over what I had done and started again. I really should have made it a bit larger but was keen to get on. I also should probably have carried on with the light washes all over but again was over eager to crack on. I just felt like I had to get on with it rather than pussyfoot about but I'm happy with the eye being in, the painting for me is now alive.
The cheeky wee monster who I have painted often on this blog not too mention photographed is very poorly and I would go as far as too say gravely ill. This last week and a half he has drastically lost condition and we are now waiting the results of blood tests that were taken this evening. Jamie the vet is coming back tomorrow with hopefully some of the results and to do an ultra sound. Dougie looks so much smaller (as if he was ever big) and kept pressing his head against me when he was being examined....my heart just hurt for him. Tara is really upset and I feel she senses better than us how ill her little friend is :(