To the Islands

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To the Islands, gouache on watercolour paper, 18 x 13cm, £40

If you drive just 20 minutes south of where I live, you get to the highest point in the Glasgow area. From there you can look out west and see the islands of Arran and Ailsa Craig.

If you are lucky enough, the sun will be doing spectacular things at the same time.

To the Islands is for sale online at all the usual place – Etsy, Artfinder, Art Gallery and nuMonday.

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Winter Lochans

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Winter Lochan, mixed media on board

I’m busy working on a series of paintings, ready for exhibition at Smithy Gallery. This is one of the finished ones.

Sunset Cottage

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Sunset Cottages, 15 x 10cm (6 x 5″), gouache on watercolour paper

For sale on Etsy, Artfinder and ArtGallery.

Loch Maree

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.

For sale on Etsy, Artfinder and ArtGallery

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Loch Maree, gouache on watercolour paper, 18 x 13cm (5 x 7″)

Wee Paintings

I’ve been busy all summer doing everything but paint; so now I’m making up for it. I’ve started working on a series of wee paintings from photos I have been taking over the passed few months. All are for sale.

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Glencoe Waterfall
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Beach Walk
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Iona
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Circus

 

 

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 – 6

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Morar at Sunset, oil on canvas

Finished.

This actually worked well for me – having a brightly coloured under painting to work on top of. I’ll be doing it again, I think.

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.