Old Man of Storr, Skye

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Old Man of Storr, Skye, gouache on watercolour, 13 x 18cm (5 x 7″)

Old Man of Storr, Skye is for sale on Etsy, Artfinder and ArtGallery.

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Hollyhocks

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

I once saw a bank of hollyhock flowers in the wild. They were all sorts of colours, dark pink, light pink, white, red and deep purple. I am building up to painting them – I took photos – but in the meantime, here is a pale pink hollyhock plant that is currently living in my garden.

Azaleas is for sale on Etsy, Artfinder and ArtGallery.

Misty Island

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Misty Island, 18 x 13cm (7 x 5″), gouache on watercolour paper

Sometimes I just need to let gouache and watercolour do its own thing, and when I do, wonderful things happen as colours blend and merge. This wee painting was the result.

Available for sale on Etsy, Artfinder and ArtGallery.

Stormy Clouds

Heavy foreboding clouds always inspire me. I’ve explored them in oils and acrylic, and now I’m seeing what I can do in gouache. I’m liking the results – a lot.

Stormy Clouds is available on Etsy, Artfinder and ArtGallery.

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Storm Clouds, 17.5 x 12.5 (7 x 5″), gouache on watercolour paper, £40

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″)

Affordable Art Show, Smithy Gallery

Yesterday was a busy day at Smithy Gallery’s Private View, and I loved the way my paintings looked. Here are four of them grouped together on one wall.

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While the two below were also on display, I just forgot to take photos – oops.

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Rider, soft pastel on board
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Allium Field, soft pastel on board

You can find out more about Smithy Gallery here. The exhibition runs until the 15th July.

Bluebells I

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Bluebells I, 16 x 23cm (6 x 9″), gouache on watercolour paper, £30

No matter how often I paint them, I never get tired of bluebells. I think purple has definitely got something to do with it. I have to admit I love the contrasting colours of purple and orange together.

Sunset I is for sale on Etsy, Artfinder and artgallery.

Sunset I

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Sunset I, 16 x 23cm (6 x 9″), gouache on watercolour paper, £30

I’m happily working away on lots of wee paintings just now. It’s not a size I’m used to, but I’m loving the spontaneity of using gouache and just going with the flow, as it were.

Sunset I is for sale on Etsy, Artfinder and artgallery.

 

Loch Garry, work in progress – defeat

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I’m too ashamed to show you the latest version #utterlyhumiliated

Yes, this is the painting I wrote a post about in my last post, and it just hasn’t worked.  And I’m so hacked off, I can’t face trying to solve it’s problems for the moment. I also think it’s too awful to show you at the moment.  Colours are garish, the sky is blotchy, clouds are nondescript, the loch is flat and uninteresting and the shades I used when preparing the background just aren’t shining through – I think that’s enough for now.  There is nothing more frustrating than working on a painting and not liking it.

I am feeling both defeated and deflated, but it won’t last long.  I’ll start working on the Loch Garry painting again (no idea when though), and suddenly, out of nowhere, it’ll start to work, and everything will be rosy, birds will be singing and I’ll accept that I can still paint after all.

That’s what I hope, anyway.

Loch Garry, work in progress 1

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I’ve just started a new painting of Loch Garry.

I am working on especially cut MDF board because I already have a frame that I need it to fit. I painted the board with purple and gold acrylic paint, squeezing the colours directly onto the board and mixing them as I messed about with my brush.

When it was dry, I sanded down the surface to give my pastels something to grip onto and then sketched on the outline of the landscape using a pastel pencil.

I’ll be working on it all tomorrow.