Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Messages in the Breeze, Summer Solstice

Begining of a new piece.
Hello patient blog readers, as usual my poor blog is a little quiet these days, although I am not.
This is the beginning of a new commissioned piece which I have just finished. Virtually all  my pieces start off this way, lots of layers of torn paper.

A while back I did a canvas called messages in the breeze, it was inspired by the old folklaw tales of dandelion seeds being carriers of messages for those loved ones we have lost. This is a new take on the idea, still including the dandelion seeds but using a moonlit sky. The photos show the canvas at various stages.

 And finally..... finished, Messages in the Breeze, Summer solstice.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

What May will bring

It's been a lovely couple of weeks on the Island, working in the gallery a few days a week gives me a chance to chat to folk about my art and meet lots of interesting people. last week I met a lovely local lady who bought the piece above, and three others!!  Infact she already unbeknown to me had several of my pieces in her home. It was a delight to see the joy on her face when she talked about them. Paintings are so personal and knowing they have gone to such a loving and appreciative home is really fantastic.
Had a lovely message from 'Giggles' one of my dear blog readers this week saying she could visualise my work as greeting cards,
well.... as if by magic...


I had my first cards printed a couple of months ago and they have been selling very well!!

On Skye the weather has been beautiful recently,

 May is a beautiful month, and indeed my favourite, I am filled with enthusiasm for all those lovely yellows and bright fresh greens.

I began work on a larger canvas a couple of weeks ago, As well as the usual reds and golds I always use, yellows and greens are creeping into the layers.

Add a wee croft house...

And is done,,,,

'What May will bring'
Because In May anything seems possible.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Back to the workshop

Evening song, flown to new home

Been a long and busy winter but within the last few weeks I have finally got myself back in the workshop to start making new things. House renovations took over much of the winter and it is so lovely to paint pictures not walls!
My hard work is paying dividends as three of my 4 pieces in Skyeworks Gallery bird exhibition have sold and flown off to new homes.

Best friends
Best friends which also sold on the first day of the exhibition was one of three bird paperclay mosaics I made especially for the exhibition. They received such positive feedback I think I may make more! They are made by piecing together small handmade tiles often imprinted with wild flowers gathered from my garden, which I paint and then seal with various mediums.

Anyway, on to pastures new..
Skyeworks gallery where I work and exhibit most of my work opened a new mixed spring exhibition yesterday and I have three new pieces on show.

Staffin bay, watching the tide

These are two... twins possibly because they are both of a beautiful area on North Skye called Staffin bay.
Over to Staffin Island

Staffin bay.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Exhibition news

well good intentions to blog regulary seem to have gone by the wayside, but here I am with a few minutes in the day spare to update my blog friends.

Its been a busy few months, during February and march I have had an Artist in the spotlight exhibition running in Aberdeen, at a small city centre gallery called Junction Arts.

One of my paper clay mosaics made for junction Arts gallery

I am really enjoying working in Skyeworks Gallery and over the winter have collaborated with the gallery owner to complete a year of Art events, the first of these opens on Monday 10th of April.

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It is a Bird Themed exhibition. I have four pieces on show...

a sneak preview???

Goldfinch and robin, 

Friday, 16 December 2016

Hello, hello dear friends, I am back!

Skyeworks gallery at christmas

I have had a little blogging break for all sorts of reasons, time has been sort and creative makes non existent, however as the new year approaches I am determined to organise my time and dedicate more to studio hours.
November began with the exciting prospect of working a few days a week in Skyeworks Gallery in Portree on the Isle of Skye.
I have exhibited at Skyeworks for some years and was very excited when the opportunity  to work for them transpired. Now a month or so in I am really enjoying it. meeting people who are interested in art and being surrounded by beautiful things is a joy. 

The weather has been milder than usual and there have been some beautiful sparkly clear days.

and some chilly nights to sit close to the woodburner,

And finally at last I have finished a commission! A little christmas eve box for a new little persons first Christmas.
Happy Christmas Jack, and to all of you, the New year will bring ( Hopefully) new work and more regular blogposts! ;)

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Flying high

Nothing new to share this week art wise as I have been very busy so instead I will share Flying High a large collage I made during the late summer months but haven't had time to blog until now.

I started the usual way with small paper fragments and gesso but added the textural flowers by stencilling modelling paste onto the lower part of the canvas.
I may not have been making art but I'm always gathering inspiration,
At this time of year the berries are beautiful.

There are strange toadstools and mushrooms to be found.

berries of all colours

Beautiful against the clear autumn skies

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Inchmore gallery Exhibition news

Hill of the red Fox

 lots of exciting news this week! This Saturday Inchmore Gallery gallery in Inverness opens its annual winter exhibition, and I have have three new collage paintings on show. It is the first time I have had work shown in the gallery and am very pleased to have such a wonderful space to showcase my work. My first piece is a favourite of mine. I don't usually have favourites but Mr fox really connected with me as I was making him. I have never made a fox piece before and I really enjoyed the challenge.

the paintings title is the' Hill of the red fox' named after the hill of the same name which is on the Trotternish ridge near lealt on the Isle of Skye. it is a piece that has been in my head for a long time so I am glad Mr fox has finally made it out my head and onto the shores of the Beauly firth!

I also have a new moonlight piece on show

 And finally another large piece, and another that is special to me,
'The happiness of Thistles'

Why happy thistles? Well thistles by their very nature are never organised, they grow haphazard, scattering themselves hither and thither. These thistles are a different breed, they stand tall, straight and organised. They have purpose, and to have purpose is to be happy. Who would not be smile to survey from the house the cliff a wonderful field full of neat rows of thistles.

Happiness of thistles