Rabbit the Bruce

My dear sweet little fury friend Rabbit the Bruce sadly passed away just after Christmas. He had been my constant companion for almost six years. Always sitting in his window watching the seasons go by and being at peace with it all. He rejected his cage immediately on his arrival into our home, deciding to live like an indoor cat instead. With a litter and food eating area. He was such a character and I am still amazed at how so small and silent a creature can give so much to us that was beautiful.

I miss you little rabbit Bruce the empty room has lost your life and your joy. Now all that remains is silence.  I will love you forever! xxx

A sad farewell

I just heard the sad news that fellow blogging artist and facebook artist friend has very sadly departed this world to join the stars that shine so brightly in the sky at night. Jeffrey was such an inspiration, such a prolific artist I had no idea he created so many wonderful paintings. I was so glad he became my facebook friend as almost each day Jeffrey would post his latest painting. Also there would be a poem underneath as he was a great writer of poems too.  What I loved most about Jeffrey was that his paintings were so full of life and of sunshine.  His work was joyful.  I love that word! He had been successful in selling some paintings over the festive season and I was able to congratulate him, he kindly thanked me, he always had time for everyone.

I have posted one of my favourite paintings of Jeffrey's called 'Night passage' even his night scene depicts life and warmth. Almost a Canadian Van Gogh with his expressive magical skies of swirling clouds and his dancing trees!

May you rest in peace Jeffrey shine on!

New Year

oil painting 18 x 24 inches. Title 'Sea Mist'.

Time has simply flown by at great speed this festive season.  Yet on looking out to sea today I was aware that so little changes way out on the seas.  The way the bright light will fall on the water on an overcast or stormy afternoon. How the eye is drawn to that light again and again and it always is beautiful and it always represents hope. 

Each Christmas always brings it's ghosts of Christmas past, for a moment time stands still in the memory and we are taken back to those old Christmases of long ago.  It plays back in the mind with such accuracy even those childhood Christmas days too.  It can make you feel as if life is also rushing by and you can also feel a great loss for those family and friends who are no longer with us.  Feels like all of us are simply passing through this life experience. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing.  There is nothing we can do about halting time, we just have to make the most of the ride through life and count our blessings and look to the light whenever the opportunity arises.

Wishing you all my friends a Very Happy New Year!

Painting Journey

I am working towards an exhibition in 2019 which will be a joint exhibition with my friend the artist Tamsin. This small oil painting titled 'waiting' seems appropriate to post here today, as it is a while to wait for the exhibition, yet it is a good length of time to be creative too. I remember many years ago visiting a gallery space in the highlands. There was an architect above the gallery space. The artist who was exhibiting for that month, told me he worked for two years painting towards an exhibition. He had certainly created some wonderful work. I wish I remember his name as I always wondered how he got on in the future. I had an exhibition shortly afterwards and did very well too. But I like the idea of having that time to paint a collection of paintings, it is a journey ......

The tidy art room

My art room is much tidier now, how nice to know exactly where everything is! I am still trying to find some time to paint. After the big tidy up, preparing tutorials, tutoring and housework once again, I feel time slipping away, almost creeping by me. Last November I finally finished this painting titled ' Silence', it is now up on my art room wall and it is one of my favourite paintings. I really wanted to create a painting that evoked the feeling of silence.  It had been the plan to complete two paintings a month but since last December in which I finished two paintings I hadn't been able to complete my goal! It is OK, maybe it was in a way time to distance myself from painting. For years I have kept up a good pace creating many paintings.  It is true that my neck and shoulder kept seizing up and there have been visits to the physio and osteopath as well as exercises to do.  I do feel much better now, I feel there has been an improvement in my shoulder and neck. I still have to work slowly but that too is OK, why, there is no rush to do lots of paintings.

My artist friend Tamsin and I are going to have another exhibition in two years time in the library gallery which is a very large space, very modern and a good place to show paintings. We want to take our time and just see where the painting journey takes us.  Ideally I would like to create more paintings like 'Silence' and I am working on another painting at the moment which has a similar look and feeling about it. I don't want to get distracted and start palette knife painting again .......!

Happy Painting to you all and hopefully I will have another painting to show you soon!

palette knife paintings

For a while now I have been working on almost three different styles of paintings. Traditional seascapes with nice skies, quiet moody minimalist and limited palette seascapes and lastly the palette knife paintings which while still have large skies I have not felt they looked like my style of work. However the palette knife works do have a lot of energy and do work well on a small scale. The painting here in oils is 5 x 7 inches and is of a coastal area mostly from my imagination. The main idea is to try and create freshness with the thick paint and a feeling of life and movement. In many ways I would like to commit myself to painting one style of painting so that I could feel I was making progress instead of switching from one style to another just for a change. How can I progress forward if I carry on this way!  Interesting is that my studio is having a big clear out too which is taking ages! once everything is out the problem is finding places for it to go back! And the purpose is to also remove clutter!

I really want to commit to the palette knife paintings and see where the road takes me. To just focus on them.

Autumn is really here now, also the nights are drawing in. There is always that feeling of almost loss at this time of the year. Seeing the leaves fall, the leaves turning then fading and finally becoming crisp and dull looking. The branches bare, the shrubs diminished by it all as the wind whips through them and takes their berries away. Late flowers in the garden seem to be all the more brighter and more fragile looking as the surrounding flowers fade away and all seems gold and brown all at once. The bird life is very lively as they all rush about the garden gathering berries and tweeting with glee. I have to now remember to go and fill the feeders though the birds are so greedy the feeder becomes empty in just a day! Wild winds, rain, dim light, and that feeling again of loss. Wanting summer to never leave yet knowing the changing seasons are a beautiful thing too.

Wishing you happy painting days!

blue and buff titanium

I have been busy clearing up my art room which is a time consuming business! Time seems to fly by and before I know it many months passed and I find I have collected a great deal of unnecessary stuff. One being heaps of cardboard boxes I actually believe will be useful one day! and also a massive bag full of old carrier bags or plastic shopping bags again that become completely forgotten once I have stored them away! Also far too many art books, brushes, paints and more paints galore, kept for years!  The thing about clutter is that you somehow fail to see it after a while.  I have to ask myself do I really need this! most of all is it actually useful and of course does it give me joy! Anyway I still can't move in my art room because I have turfed out everything from the cupboards, drawers and boxes.

  In the midst of all this chaos I found this painting in a box. I started a little while ago putting things into boxes, and one of the things I put into boxes are paintings! I really enjoy opening a box and not knowing what is inside it! Mind you the problem with this is that I have heaps of boxes with stuff in it that I don't see unless I open the box! so I think it is still classed as clutter! I have now released this painting from it's box and remember painting it and then keeping it safe in a box until I wanted it. This was actually a long time ago maybe even ten years ago it has rested quietly within a box and now it is on my art room wall. I remember being pleased with the buff titanium paint and the blue which is so bright and pretty, I managed to blend it into the sky colour too. The best thing is that when I viewed this painting again I felt happy and uplifted by the blue. It is just a small painting only 12 x 12 inches but I do feel inspired to paint this again on a really big canvas!

I hope you are all well my painting friends, it is so quiet here in blogging land, everyone seems to be on facebook these days. I guess this is a quiet and secret garden to be in!

Happy painting to you all!