Tuesday, 26 July 2016

On the West Coast Road (between Skye and Lochinver)

On the West Coast Road
16" x 20" - acrylic on canvas -  $150
This is the first canvas painting inspired by my recent trip to Scotland.  It's based on a one of the zillion photos I took as we drove along the west coast after leaving Skye, but before reaching Lochinver. 

Monday, 25 July 2016

Lollipop Trees

Lollipop Trees 
  10" x 20"  -  acrylic on canvas  - $125
This little painting is based on a detail from another painting I did in May (or June?). I particularly liked the top part of that painting and the orange trees set against the blue sky. As this one evolved it became more whimsical....and the trees reminded me of lollipops. 

Friday, 15 July 2016

A Lab Named Skye

12" x 12"  -  acrylic on canvas

This is Skye, my sister's black lab. I had intended to give this painting to her as a surprise gift for her birthday in May - but it was not finished at that point, and rather than rush it,  I decided to get back to it in the summer when I had more time.  I was having a bit of trouble deciding on the background, when I realized the obvious - a Skye landscape of course, as she is named for the misty Isle, and I have just returned from that part of the world and it is fresh in my brain.  So here is Skye on Skye.  

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Lochinver Abstract

Lochinver Abstract
20" x 26"  - acrylic on paper - nfs

"The port of Lochinver is the largest settlement on the west coast of Scotland north of Ullapool. The main road north runs well inland here, and a visit involves a ten mile each way detour along the A837. It's well worth it."  The settlement was situated around the curved water-front of the loch, called Loch Inver. As it is so far north and it was late June, it did not get really dark until quite late in the evening (11 pm-ish?) and my memory is of the lights twinkling on the loch, as seen from the window of our B&B.  And that is what I tried to capture in this painting. 

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Skye Drive - variations using different media and tools

In an attempt to get back 'into painting' I created these are small studies based on one of my photos from the Isle of Skye. In the first two I experimented with different palettes and applied the paint with a knife, creating sharp and blurred edges and dragging the paint across the paper, building up some interesting texture.  The last variation was done with inks, charcoal, and some watered down acrylic. I always find it interesting how the paints or media, tools and surface (in all 3 cases heavy archival bristol board paper) can really affect the final work, and its mood.

Monday, 11 July 2016

The Scottish Landscape

To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, to gain all while you give, 
To roam the roads of lands remote: To travel is to live.  
Hans Christian Anderson

I spent the last week of June travelling in Scotland, a place I have wanted to visit for a long time. It was a short and fast trip in which we covered 1200 miles in 7 days, starting outside of Glasgow, travelling north and west to Skye, then up along the western coast to the northern coast and then down through the middle to Inverness, and finally Edinburgh. We stayed off the busy roads (safer too as we were on the wrong side!) and revelled in the grandeur of the coastal and highland landscape. My camera was a poor tool to record what I saw, but we were moving fast, saying 'we'll come back someday', and spend more time. 
I am now sifting through my hundreds of photos trying to figure out how to respond and interpret what I saw in paint, using line, shape and colour. What the photos can't convey is the incredible sense of space from so many vistas. Sounds like a challenge, doesn't it. 
 In the meantime, here are some more photos.....enjoy!

Saturday, 18 June 2016

One Fine Day, Indeed

One Fine Day
36" x 36"  -  acrylic on canvas  - $600
I have several - well actually 4 - paintings in various stages of completion - and this is the first to reach that stage. Yeah! I will be travelling to and around Scotland in the next week, so needed to clear some things off my easel before I go.  I am quite happy with how this painting came together and am very happy with the fact that I am continuing to keep brushwork and forms 'loose', and here, less geometric - which feels perfect for suggesting spring flowers in a field.   Have a great weekend!