Art off the Square

Well, the Scottish school summer holidays are almost over, and I am beginning to paint again after spending many weeks having so much fun with my son. I hope you’ve had a good summer too.

My latest exhibition is already on the horizon, and you are more than welcome to come along.

Art off the Square is an annual exhibition that I have been a part of for the past 8 years. It starts on the 23rd August and runs until the 25th August in Kilbarchan. The details are below. Looking forward to seeing you there.

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Above the Moor

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Above the Moor, mixed media on board, 25 x 26cm

Bluebell Glade

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Bluebell Glade, gouache and watercolour

A wee bluebell painting, because no matter how many times I paint bluebells, I still want to do more.

This one is for sale in all the usual online places –  Etsy, Artfinder and artgallery – but if you want to see my original paintings for sale in the real world, they are being exhibited at Smithy Gallery in their Affordable Art Show from 24 June – 22 July 2018. The Private View is on Sunday 24 June, 2pm–5pm. You are more than welcome.

Summer Wildflowers

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Summer Wildflowers, 26 x 41cm, mixed media on board

Lately, I have been deciding on the colours I want to use first before painting, and have been loving the results. Limiting my palette has had a very freeing effect on my work, allowing me to solely concentrate on what I am creating and not on what colours I’m going to be using as well. I’ve used a lot of water too which has dictated the shapes and patterns I have used as it flows and moves my paint into its own desired shapes.

I’m going to be exploring this method of painting more, not just because I like the paintings I am producing, but also because I am really enjoying myself.

Summer Wildflowers, along with In the Blue, Dancing and Swaying, and a few other wee paintings will be exhibited at Smithy Gallery in their Affordable Art Show from 24 June – 22 July 2018. The Private View is on Sunday 24 June, 2pm–5pm. You are more than welcome.

Purples and Blues

Bluebells, bluebells everywhere; so many to paint!

I wandered down to Pollok Park not far from me and strolled in the woods among these flowers. In the sun their scent is so wonderfully welcoming – like a more subtle hyacinth. A couple of years ago I took all my gear down and painted them en pleine air; this year I have taken loads of photos so I’ll be working on many more paintings in my studio.

I also came across a large patch of wild garlic in full bloom – I’ve not had a go at painting them.

I’ll let you know when I have paintings at the ready.

Cottage View – Highly Commended

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Cottage View, 42 x 26cm, mixed media

I enter competitions from time to time. Cottage View was entered into the The Artist OPEN COMPETITION 2018 and has been Highly Commended. I’m rather pleased.

Cottage View is for sale at my usual shops –  Etsy, Artfinder and artgallery.

In the Blue, Dancing and Swaying

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In the Blue, Dancing and Swaying, 32 x 42cm, £300

I’m addicted to painting silhouetted trees at the moment and to limiting my palette. Blue still remains one of my favourite colours, but adding its contrasting colour of orange has opened a whole new range of possibilities for me. I am still playing with different materials, and always will but the Indian inks I have used in this painting are currently a strong favourite.

I have used a mix of Indian inks, gouache, watercolour and pastel pencil.

In the Blue, Dancing and Swaying is for sale at my usual shops –  Etsy, Artfinder and artgallery.

Another wee painting

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Woodland Path, 12.5 x 17.5cm (5 x 7″), watercolour and gouache on watercolour paper, £40

This wee painting was fun to do as it’s so far from the norm for me. I restricted my colour palette completely and I experimented with layer upon layer of the same colour. I’ll be doing this kind of thing again.

The original photo by the wonderful Nelleke whose work you can find on DeviantArt.

My work is for sale online Etsy, Artfinder and artgallery as usual, so head over there if you would like a wee original, prints or greetings cards.

Skye Stream

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Skye Stream, watercolour and gouache on watercolour paper, 13 x 18cm (5 x 7″), £40

Now that the Easter holidays are over, I have been painting again, and Skye Stream is just the beginning. I loved experimenting with the contrasting colours of yellow, orange and purple and just letting them run together.

Since I last posted, my exhibition at Smithy Gallery finished and I had to say goodbye to some of my favourite paintings, many of which are going to the US which I am delighted about – below are some of the paintings that sold and are off to new homes…

My work is for sale online Etsy, Artfinder and artgallery as usual, so head over there if you would like a wee original, prints or greetings cards.

Culzean Bluebells

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Culzean Bluebells, mixed media, 41x26cm

After a bit of an absence, I’ve just popped this painting on my shops for sale. I will post a bit more about my latest activities over the next week or two.

You can find it on Etsy and Artfinder.