New Website Design

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I have always created my own websites, but the last one was a nightmare to edit and keep up to date. Now I have new software and I settled to work on something that is so much more manageable.

I’d appreciate any comments you have (especially if you find links that aren’t working), and let me know what you think.

You can visit it here at www.tracybutler.co.uk.

Arran Rains landscape painting

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Arran Rains, oil on canvas

This is an odd painting. I’ve exhibited it all over the place, had so much interest in it, but it has never sold. However….

I sell prints and greetings cards of it over and over and over again through my shop on Etsy and galleries. I have no idea why. I thought it might be the size of the original- 61 x 51 cm (24 x 20″) – but I sell prints of it at that size.

I don’t mind, it’s hanging in my home.

Painting over an old painting – 4

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Stage 4

I am beginning to build in texture now, layering the paint on thickly, but am a bit hindered by my own idiocy.  I went away for a few days, and completely forgot to clean my brushes, leaving them out unprotected. As a result, the ones I want to use are soaking away to soften them up for use tomorrow. I find the size of the brushes I use make a big difference to me.

Talking of softening, I now need to do that to the clouds too and the base of the island where it meets the sea, while the same clouds need more light reflecting off them.

Could all be totally different by my next post.

Painting over an old painting – 3

It really has been ages since I have added anything to my blog, but what with glorious sunshine and then the school summer holidays, I have been somewhat distracted. Part of that distraction was the need to be outside painting simply because I could.  There has been lots going on too, so I hope to fill you in over the next wee while.

In the meantime, though, I thought I should finish the posts about the painting below. It is a continuation of the painting I was working on a while back – here are the links stage 1 and stage 2.

The painting is coming along, I think.

I want to darken the land on the right, bring more definition into the sea. The clouds need more work, softening parts of them and introducing more whispy bits (technical term). The sunset behind the island needs more thought.

Tomorrow, I’ll sit for a while and have a good look before I do anything, because not seeing the painting over night often helps me to work out my next steps.

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Stage 3

Painting over an old painting – 1

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I had originally called this painting Cartwheels at Sunset – that’s what we were doing on the beach when I took the original source photo.

I’m going to rework the painting above as I know I have improved since I painted it – and I already have a frame for it.

I want to liven up the islands in the distance, stop the land in the foreground from looking as though it is just floating about, add more interest to the sea, soften the sky and change a lot of the colour.

Well, that’s what I think for the moment.  I’ll keep you up to date… 

Rannoch Moor Sketching

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Blue Skies Over Rannoch Moor, oil on canvas

Rannoch Moor in Scotland is my favourite place in the world.

Quite a while back (as you may be able to tell from the painting – I like to think I have improved since then) I was sketching there on a particularly dull day. Kate Bush’s The Kick Inside was my album of choice; and I make no apologies for the music I listen to when I work.

I had a large A2 sketchbook with me and my usual supplies, a jar of water, sable brushes ranging in size, watercolours, water soluble felt pen (black), pencils and my camera.

I did a few not so great drawings and watercolours, but the star of that day was the sky. It had been a nothing grey when the clouds thinned and suddenly more and more sunbeams broke through, highlighting everything they hit. Then the clouds, now outlined in silver light, split to show bright blue cloudless sky before closing up as if nothing had happened.

It happened too quickly for me to draw the moment, but I managed to get my camera out on time. Thank heavens for photography.

These photos lead to a number of paintings. It’s amazing how a few seconds in nature can lead to inspiration that lasts years.

A Brilliant Day Painting

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Fallow Fields, oil on canvas

What a brilliant day today.

I have been dancing about in my studio while working on a painting that is going well. I really like it – at the moment anyway – but we’ll see how long that lasts.

I have a playlist on my iPod that I put together especially for listening to while painting. All of the music and songs are upbeat. I did have to stop splashing paint when The Importance of Being Idol by Oasis came on. Holding a brush to a canvas while doing kicks like Rhys Ifans in the video is next to impossible. Paint is everywhere, but who cares if you’re having fun?