I was on the West Coast of Scotland last weekend and sat by the ruins of Castle Lachlan watching the sun go down over Loch Fyne. It was such a peaceful place and the skies were spectacular. I couldn’t wait to start painting as soon as I returned to my studio.
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.
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.
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…
Snowy Hills, mixed media on board, 26 x 24.5cm (10 x 9.5″)
There is something magical about these wee cottages at the head of Loch Maree. No matter how many times I pass them, I always have to stop and look. Their surrounding landscape is so wild and with the trees planted around them, these wee houses seem like an oasis of calm.