Tuesday, 25 April 2017

An Angel Calls

I had such fun painting this one!
A friend of mine was moving to a new home - and I offered to make a painting for a housewarming present - and this is the result.

An Angel Calls 


Painted on St Cuthbert's Mill Saunders Waterford 140R paper, and twice the size of my usual paintings at half sheet size. 15" x 22"

and here, you can see the painting framed by - and hanging at - Elite Framing, Cupar. 

 

Monday, 17 April 2017

Holidays, lochs, woods, deer and dogs!

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

Welcome


Two Friends

both painted on Saunders Waterford 140lb rough, my favourite paper, made by St Cuthbert's Mill.


Thursday, 23 March 2017

Foggy Dog Walk

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"

Friday, 17 March 2017

Misty Mountain Cottage

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.
15"x 6"
 

Monday, 27 February 2017

Hart of the Universe

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"

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Ollie, a recent commission

I was recently approached to paint a beloved dog - and this is the result.
Black, brown and curly fur! He was fun to paint. 

Ollie


Then the painting went to Elite Framing, to have some mounts cut and to be posted to the other end of the country!

I'm pleased to say that the person who commissioned me was delighted with the painting.
Created on St Cuthbert's Mill Saunders Waterford 140Rough paper, size 15x11 inches pre mount.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Bookmaking and Japanese Stab binding at The Old Printing Works.

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





Sunday, 29 January 2017

Edinburgh: Gargoyles, art and literature

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.



Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Taking Flight

Today's painting is one of a Spitfire, taking flight in a blue sky.
A little different from my favourite subjects, but sometimes you have to stretch your comfort zone a bit - so this is me doing just that! 
I hope you like the painting.

Taking Flight

As always, painted on the beautiful paper that is Saunders Waterford, created by St Cuthbert's Mill.
The Original is not available, but prints can be obtained from Elite Framing, Cupar. HERE

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Enzo by the Lake

Here's a painting I've done of Sean's Westie, Enzo.

Sean is the coffee shop owner, Enzo is his Westie and the shop mascot. He's such a lovely wee boy!

The painting isn't hanging in the shop - it's gone home with Sean!

Enzo by the Lake






Painted on St Cuthbert's Mill Saunders Waterford Paper and framed by Elite Framing, Cupar.
If I get a pic of it hanging in situ, I'll share it later on .

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

A bright new year and The Colours of Paisley

Wishing all of my blog followers a bright new year.

I have a few paintings I couldn't show before Christmas, so I'm starting the New Year off with those.
The first is a painting of the most beautifully mannered, friendly Rottweiler I've met.

The Colours of Paisley


Painted on Saunders Waterford 140lb rough paper, using Winsor & Newton paints.
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