Not much sun today but it was warm so I decided to work a bit in the garden. BB one of last years baby blackbird's still visits the garden even though she's all grown up. The minute she saw me starting to dig in the garden she came down knowing I'd throw some snails her way. She really is a beautiful bird. I'm making a border along the fence, I've actually been going to do for the last couple of years but never ever found the time. Didn't get it finished but at least a start has been made. A pretty starling with it's love heart breast and a jackdaw with it's piercing blue eyes make up the other photos.
Now it's time for bed, hopefully tomorrow will be another good day...smile!
One way to get the birds to pose is to give them props to use. This darling young starling was showing off her adult plumage starting to come through her baby feathers...right pretty don't you think :)
I'm quite lucky where I live as there is plenty of roads and paths to paint. One thing I have noticed though is most of the farmer's seem to be ploughing up their fields and growing crops. There are still a few have cattle but not nearly as many as used to, makes me a little sad. I'll have to travel further afield to find my models.
Glorious day here so I think I'll now go and find me a spot in the shade...smile!
When I woke this morning it was actually raining and I thought that it was going to be a lazy Sunday for me and the dogs. But, by the time I had got myself into gear and my first cup of tea the sun had broke through. Mind you, and it really pains me to say it but the first subtle signs of Autumn are starting to creep in. Last night it was gloaming at nine o'clock and I've noticed the birds are taking a bit longer to start their wake up call in the morning...sigh!
Took our usual walk on the Springside end of the country path and was surprised to see the rowans are already hanging with berries, not quite ripened but plenty of them, a sign of nature providing for the birds? Had my digital sketch book with me and got plenty of reference photos for inspiration at the easel. Also met this handsome big lad and yes he was as big as he looks in the photo, not tall but solid as a rock I wouldn't want to rub him up the wrong way.
Oh well think it might be time to put my feet up for tonight Countryfile, Fake or Fortune and then Poldark before bed. Thanks for looking :)
Was rifling through some paperwork and found an old envelope with some photos in it from a good few years back. There were a few of St Mary's Loch which is in the Scottish Borders and I used them to compose this wee painting this afternoon.
Day Seven and the last day of the Art Challenge. It had of course got to be a horse. Over the years horses and art have been to two constant's that have never wavered and most likely never will. This wee "Study of Gale" remains part of my collection and is actually on the wall above where I'm typing this blogpost.
I can't thank Marion Drummonde enough for nominating to do the challenge as it has boosted me to get back to work and create, I hope you've enjoyed following along.
Whoops forgot to post Day six of the Art Challenge yesterday. "Fields of Gold" is a new painting virtually straight off the easel as it was finished on Wednesday. This is how the countryside should look in the summer months but at the moment it's misted over by rain. Just means we appreciated it when the sun finally shines...smile!
This is my painting for Day Three on The Art Challenge on Facebook. He was such a handsome fella, I can't remember off hand what size this one is but I'd really like to do a much larger one at some point.
Happy 4th of July to those friends looking in from across the Pond :)
There's an Art Challenge doing the rounds on Facebook at the moment and today I was challenged by lovely Scottish artist Marion Drummond. It's a seven day challenge where you post one painting every day for seven days and also challenge another artist to do the same. Thought it would be fun to share then here on my blog. Chances are you will have seen them before but it might be fun. Day one is "Coming or Going".
Hope you all had a great weekend, I'll be back at the easel tomorrow after my time off and I'm really looking forward to it.
I'm happy to announce that I now find myself in a position to be able to start accepting commissions again. Prices start at £250 for an 8x8 headstudy. Contact me at email@example.com for more details.
Was delivering a painting to the Framework Gallery today and on the way back home I had a wee look in at the Troon Yacht Haven and got some shots of the Yachts. One of these days I'm going to have a go at painting them, lots of shapes and sizes and loads of colour. Took the dogs along the beach but it was a bit dull for photos but plenty of ideas nevertheless. That big dollop of seaweed was enormous, bigger than both dogs put together. It got rid of some cobwebs and although tired when I got home it's the best I've felt for a fortnight, long may that continue.
Another walk through the trees, don't worry I'm not getting obsessed with my path much as I love it. Just enjoying painting for the sake of painting, so I'm just painting whatever takes my fancy. Next one just might be another favourite subject, but this one has four legs.
Anyone that has a real fancy for this one just shout out.
Actually meant to post this one yesterday evening but ended up with a migraine (blaming the thundery weather). So here it is a day late, not sure if I've totally captured the feel but it was so good to be sitting at the easel. Last Friday I took a couple of paintings down to the Framework Gallery in Troon and me and the dogs also had a lovely walk along the beach taking lots of reference photos and just soaking up the atmosphere. Also took a drive around the area as it was such a good day so you can expect a few more beach scenes in the coming weeks not to mention landscapes and some beasties from my travels.
Well I need to go peel a juicy Satsuma that's begging to be eaten...smile!
My heart wasn't in my painting yesterday it was filled with such a sadness for those affected by the terrible loss of life in Manchester. My heart and tears are for those families who have lost loved ones and for those who are still in hospital whose lives will never be the same again.
I made myself paint this morning, to get back a sense of the peace I felt when I started this on Monday. On mornings when I walk this path with the dogs I find an inner peace, I hope all those feeling sad today can find that same peace in this painting. Love to all X
Had a late start getting to the easel this afternoon but all in all was happy with where I finished today on this new painting. Can honestly say painting this path that I walk with the dogs most mornings left me soothed in much the same way as the walk does. The dappled light through the trees and the birds singing their songs helps to calm me.
Towards the end of last year Judy the owner of the Aberfeldy Gallery told us that she had decided to retire and was putting the gallery up for sale. Though delighted for Judy getting her well deserved retirement myself and I'm sure the other regular artists were hoping against hope that whoever bought the gallery would keep it as a gallery. Well as luck would have it it was bought by a lovely young couple Anna and Adam Seward and will have it's opening exhibition on the 27th of this month.
Yesterday I made the trip up with four paintings and got to meet Anna and her parents. The gallery is looking very bright and welcoming and they will be starting to hang their first exhibition over the next couple of weeks.
The dogs were delighted to get a walk in the Birks of Aberfeldy, such a joy to see the fresh new vegetation though it just goes to show how lacking in water we have been with not much water coming over the falls (it is making up for it today, I'm sure that a months rain has fallen this morning). On the way back home I popped into Dunkeld where they got another walk this time through the ancient woods behind Dunkeld Cathedral and then alongside the River Tay. There was a nice wee breeze that kept it pleasant.
Back at the easel today my creative juices have been replenished by the beauty of nature's jewels...smile!