Summer days are still here and it is breezy down on the beach. This is a small oil painting on canvas board 10 x 12 inches. Hard to imagine that this simple scene that I wanted to be most of all about an ordinary day at the beach without my usual drama of the impending storm was so hard to paint. It has changed many times over the last week and I want it to remain fresh looking and to be how I see my beach on an average day. There are many blue sky days but always with lots of clouds that create interest.
I hope you are all enjoying your summer days and painting too!
small oil seascape painting on canvas 10 x 8 inches
There have been some dramatic skies this summer and warm days too, here in the Highlands of Scotland. Richard is on holiday and we have been out everyday strolling by the sea and avoiding the daily down pour of rain by keeping out of the shadows of the clouds. The sea has been so beautiful, so green and the boats gently bob up and down on calm waves. Even the bees that collect the pollen from the daisies that grow by the sea also fly out to sea, we have no idea why they do that!
I have been experimenting with palette knife paintings and it was a nice way to pass some time during the late springtime. Yet once again I found myself returning to my moody seascapes that I enjoy so much to paint and these are painted purely with the brush and involves a lot of blending. It takes a while to paint the large canvases so I have been painting on the very small canvases mainly as a learning tool. In a small space there is so much you can do, to be brave and not worry about mistakes as it is only on a very small space after all! I do have a large canvas on the easel too but only add a little to the painting when I have the time and inclination as I have a big area of sky to repaint. There is always the concern with a large painting that one alteration could mean I have to change the whole painting in order for it to look in balance. But that is the challenge and if painting was easy would we enjoy it so much!
I have missed my blog, I still get trouble trying to get into my blog but I have managed it again successfully. It feels like a secret garden that on certain days the door refuses to open to let me in to my quiet place. This is a quiet place so unlike facebook. It feels good to be back here today typing away in the middle of the night instead of retiring and sleeping! I hope I can find my way back here soon.
Happy painting to you all!
I have been practicing using golden open acrylics. They stay workable on the canvas for seven hours and allow me to blend my skies. I used a limited palette of quinacridone magenta, titanium buff, titanium white, ultramarine blue and hansa yellow opaque. I find the limited palette really interesting, as I had to make various colour mixes I haven't used in a long time. I am getting used to the slightly brighter colours and the titanium buff lets me calm the bright colours down nicely. The painting is on canvas and is 16 x 20 inches.
I haven't been able to access my blog for ages, yet tonight I managed to all is a mystery but I feel so glad to be back! Hope you are all well and painting!
My artist friend Tamsin and I had a joint exhibition in October in a wonderful space deep in the rural countryside of Moray here in the highlands of Scotland. It was an exciting time for us as we had to man the exhibition ourselves with the help of Louise a friend of Tamsin who came in for a few afternoons to help. It was a very tiring but rewarding experience and also successful in sales too. For me personally it really did encourage my confidence in my work and I have now booked another exhibition for next September of which I am very much looking forward to. The other important thing for me is to have solo exhibitions so I can see my works as a collection and in many ways to be able to see where I am going on my creative journey. The feedback from the visiting public was so positive and it was really interesting to hear and see people engage with the works. I am still trying to achieve a goal of finishing two paintings a month, just to keep me focused. The works take a long time to build up with all the glazing and I do want to keep working in oils. This way I feel connected to the landscapes and the process of nature gradually changing with the seasons and the weather that comes in.
At this busy festive time it can be hard to take a step back and look out to the landscape and see all the beauty it has to offer us, most of all the deep inner peace that we receive from it whenever we wish it.
I wish you all a Happy Festive Holiday and all the best for 2017! Happy Painting!
'Atmospheric Sky' 20 x 16 inches.
I had started this oil painting a little while ago and it got forgotten. I was trying to have a more interesting foreground yet when I made changes it was taking distracting the eye from the sky and the drama that was present there. Finally I put the painting back onto the easel and decided to simply focus on the sky and let the work be about the atmospheric sky. While we have been fortunate for a while not to have many storms there was a spell of moody weather about a week ago that brought in lots of nice skies especially in the early evening when here in the highlands it is still light. There have certainly been some beautiful skies. As I type here tonight it is after 8.30 pm and there is a soft pastel blue sky with apricot clouds that have grey and soft edges which threaten rain.
The cherry and the lilac trees are in full bloom and everything looks a lush green elsewhere in the garden. There are many birds too, blackbirds, robins, hedge sparrows, woodpecker that flies in from the pine forest close to our home and finches. There have been other visitors that fly in for the day and then seem to disappear, perhaps they stop here on route to somewhere else.
My art room needs another tidy up, it never seems to stay tidy for long, then I find I need something and then out comes everything! I am busy tutoring before the holidays begin and then there is a break during July and August with just two afternoons being held for a summer class. I have plenty of paintings to finish, like the 'Atmospheric sky' painting it is time I got them all finished!
I wish you all a happy Spring time and happy painting!
12 x 16 inches oil on linen canvas. 'Evening Sky'.
Greetings to you all, I have been very busy working towards exhibitions and also tutoring. Spring is here yet once again we have snow forecast for the weekend, fortunately the snow does not lie for long. Spring lambs are enjoying the moments of sunshine and do indeed leap for joy when they see it!
Happy Painting to you all!
I arise from dreams of thee
In the first sweet sleep of
night, when the winds are
breathing low, and the
stars are shining bright.
We are all getting impatient for Spring to arrive, I have spring bulbs that have bloomed on my window sill in my kitchen, just to brighten up everything. The wild garden we have looks forlorn and forgotten though the snowdrops are out beneath the cherry tree. The weather keeps changing from the storms of January to February's sudden snow showers, cold days and then milder wet days. But on the whole things out there look grey! This grey isle! But suddenly around tea time the sky will clear for a short while and such a lovely sky will appear, all blue with gold and everything is full of light, as if the sky is smiling down on us!
I have been getting paintings ready for an art exhibition in one of our Aberdeenshire galleries it is not always easy to make your own decisions on your own paintings but I think I have got there and am satisfied that the works are looking acceptable and pleasing to the eye. I have now chosen five new works. There are other artists that have been invited from the borders so I am now aware of the kind of work they do too, it is always interesting to see new artist's work. The art exhibition is about the Sky and the Sea so I was pleased to come across this poem by Shelley that while it is from a long time ago, another age it is indeed a lovely poem to read. My painting 'Early Evening' is still waiting for the right frame to come along! I tried it in a gold frame which didn't really suit it, so for now it is without one and will wait in my studio until another time. This painting is not going into the exhibition but I thought it went well with the poem!