St Andrew's is a short drive from where we now live - and one of the most famous things that happens there, in the sporting world is - Golf.
I myself am not interested in golf, but I like a good walk. On a Sunday, no golfers play this particular course and everyone is free to walk around.
This old stone bridge is quite famous amongst the golfing fraternity (the Swilcan Bridge) but I liked it as a nice focal point for a painting.
I hope you do too
The Old Stone Bridge
Painted on St Cuthbert's Mill Saunders Waterford paper. Size 15"x11"
We recently had a day visit to a local attraction - The Scottish Deer Centre.
What a wonderful place to spend a few hours. at one point, we sat and watched the birds of prey display.
We were allowed to take photographs, so I did.
From one of these I created this painting.
On St Cuthbert's Mill Saunders Waterford paper.
If you ever get the chance, do go for a visit. If you love nature and wildlife, you'll enjoy your time there.
In Scotland, there are some magnificent horse sculptures called the Kelpies.
When we went on our Loch Tay cruise, we were told about the Water Kelpies, one of whom was said to live at the bottom of the Loch. They take the shape of horses.
Although I'd painted water kelpies previously, I'd recently got some new art supplies, so I painted them again. This time using ink and pearlescent acrylic ink.
It's hard to see the subtle sparkle on the screen, but as the light changes, so does the way this painting appears.
Even though it was a different medium to watercolour, I still used St Cuthberts Mill Saunders Waterford paper - and it behaved, beautifully.
I hope you enjoy this painting.
On a recent holiday to Milarrochy Bay, Loch Lomond, I took my painting implements.
The weather was so beautiful, I painted en plein aire.
Of course, I had a model who was at hand all the time - and so I painted a portrait of him, as well as taking photos and making sketches for further paintings.
Here's the portrait:
Paddy on holiday
and here are a few pictures of the place we stayed, so you can see some of Scotland's beauty.
While we were on holiday in April - we had a 90 minute cruise on Loch Tay. We
had to go separately, because dogs weren't allowed on the Rib .. so
whilst Paul was on his trip, I took some photos and made a few quick
sketches, whilst Paddy slept at my feet.
Back home, I made this
painting to reflect the dreaminess of the scene and the dreaminess of
actually living in a place as beautiful as we do.
small black blob in the middle is the boat Paul was on, as it
disappeared away up the Loch. Can you see him waving? Me neither!
I've been so busy, I've really neglected my blog.
So I'm trying to bring everything up to speed.
There are three paintings in this post - one watercolour and two cyanotypes.
I was so fortunate to have been gifted a day at a printing works to learn how to make cyanotypes - a process used in making blueprints.
You can use all sorts of papers to make cyanotypes - and I chose to use watercolour paper, so that I could paint some details in watercolour afterwards.
The Sun Always Rises
and finally, a watercolour commission of a lovely rescue boy
I thought, for interest, I'll also show you the cyanotypes as they were hanging up to dry, after coming out from the wash tray, in which any excess chemicals were removed.
and for those on you on Facebook, I now have an artist page HERE
We've been on a holiday, exploring our new country of Scotland.
We visited lochs and woods and had a boat trip on the newly launched Iolaire, run by Loch Tay safaris, owned by Highland Safaris.
We panned for gold, found gemstones and generally had a wonderful time.
There are many paintings, waiting patiently now for me to get my brushes wet!
A few pictures for you - and then a couple of paintings. The dogs were a prize donated to a raffle to aid rescues and the stags were from a photo I took at the Scottish Deer Centre.
and now, the paintings
both painted on Saunders Waterford 140lb rough, my favourite paper, made by St Cuthbert's Mill.
After the Misty Mountain Cottage, we're progressing to a foggy dog walk!
Both of these paintings were inspired by a foggy picture taken by a friend in the US, which I then adapted to look as if it could have been part of our new life here, in Scotland.
Foggy Dog Walk
Painted on St. Cuthbert's Mill SW140R paper, 15"x 8"
I've been a busy little bee recently and my poor blog has been left alone, whilst I'm still trying to find a new routine. Perhaps routine is not for me any more! Perhaps I need to be a little more scheduled in my attitude. One day, I'll figure it all out!
In the meantime, here's another painting. Misty Mountain Cottage.
on St Cuthbert's Mill Saunders Waterford 140 rough paper.
I love star gazing. Just last night I was out watching the night sky. It was beautifully clear, although very windy, but the stars!
There's an attraction in the firmament and a feeling of being watched over, cared for. Whenever I spend time stargazing, I always come away with lifted spirits.
Not always can I be outside - sometimes it's not practical, so I painted this picture for myself. I can see myself painting a series of universe pictures.. each one with a different animal. For the moment, here's the stag (hart) . Indicative of my new life in Scotland, which I love. Hart of the Universe
On St Cuthbert's Mill Saunders Waterford 140lb Rough Paper , 15" x11"
On a Saturday workshop at The Old Printing Works, Thornton, I learned the art of Japanese Stab binding for making notebooks/sketchbooks and any other kind of book you'd like to call it!
We also learned how to create a protective hardcover for our book set. The easiest way for me to describe it, is to show you.
Here, from opening to closing, is my very own effort at making these beautiful pieces of art. Artistic, they most definitely are!
The closed book
first flap open
both flaps open with books inside
both flaps open with books removed
the three note books
a close up of the stab binding on each
back in their protective cover
and flaps closing
all snug as a bug!
I hope you've enjoyed this visual tour of my latest piece of art.. a deviation from painting, but oh so useful for me to create sketchbooks!
Thanks to Marion Archibald from The Old Printing Works, Thornton for such a wonderful, creative day.
If you'd like to see their website, go HERE
Whilst hubby was repairing his car, I took myself off for a day trip to Edinburgh.
Now, I could show you all the usual tourist-y photos - or I can show you what captured my heart.
Come instead, down Princes Street to the Scott memorial - and so worth the vertigo for this gorgeous sculpture
and the overview to this, is captured here:
Then wander down Rose Street with me, to see some amazing metalwork and window art on the outside of a BT building -
Every day of the week, illustrated. In case you can't quite make out the poem - here it is:
also in Rose Street was one of my favourite Rabbie Burns' poems, captured on the side of a building.
In case you can't quite read the text, the poem is HERE
Also popped in to the Scottish National Gallery - where to my delight there was a large exhibition of Turner watercolours. The bequest stipulated they could only be shown in a darkened room - and only in the month of January, to save them from fading. Fortuitously, I was in time.
There were two photos I took in the main rooms, an amazing marble bust, with such detail on the veins!
and a sumptuous El Greco - love the light in this.
and lastly, Waverley Station, for the journey home to Fife... a book lover's delight:
I do have some tourist type photos, and a pic of a darling little boathouse. Sometime in the near future, I have no doubt they'll be paintings. Keep your eyes peeled.