Saturday, 26 December 2015

2015 round up

Yes, it's that time of year when I do a bit of a round up of my creative year.
This helps me to see where I have been and the direction I am heading. It also may let you catch up on a few bits you may have missed.

January got off well with me discovering how much I enjoyed working with papercloth. This was to be a life saver for the months to come, as January began to go downhill rapidly as I became ill with pneumonia
.After a miserable few weeks February began...only to see me breaking my foot after a tumble down some stairs. Stuck in a plaster cast unable to bear any weight on my foot for weeks on end sure focuses the mind......

get well daffodils
Painting and gluing was almost impossible because of mobility issues but I discovered I could machine embroider with my foot elevated,

wild sewing

So that is what I did, relentlessly!!! I made loads of little panels which I call wild sewing pieces. I also learned to crochet via you tube! 

April poppies
By April at last things were improving, I was starting to walk and paint again! Yipeeeee

April forget-me-nots

May at Abbotsford

May and I was back enjoying life, painting outside in the Scottish borders, Spring was horribly wet but after being cooped up inside for so long every sunny day seemed magical!
Buttercup hare
I worked hard during May and June creating many new pieces for Skyeworks Gallery.

Bluebells in May

And also a few new pieces for galleries in Lancashire. This piece
was made for Drift gallery in St Annes.

June saw me trying my hand at glass fusion, my first attempts.


July and Skyeworks has made a wee space for my bits and pieces... I really like them grouped together.

August continued to be wet and unseasonably cold..... Summer is usually the time when I am out and about taking photos and drawing outside... most of August looked like this....

Wet day in August

The days were beginning to darken and I began to work on a new series of work for exhibitions 2016. Most of these I will keep underwraps till next year although I did finish these two canvas collages for Skyeworks.



And finally December.
We have arrived at the years end....This piece was made for a winter exhibition in St Annes in Lancashire.

First snow detail
first snow

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy new year,
What am I wishing the new year brings?
calm waters,
blue skies,
bright horizons.


  1. So much beautiful work!! I hope you're having a relaxing christmas break, and look forward to seeing what you do in 2016 :)

  2. except for your broken foot, what a beautiful year, morag! i will be following along in 2016, too... may it be a bright one for us all!


  3. You've had a wonderful, blessed year. So happy for you and all of the things you've learned. My favorite of the pieces you've shared here are the poppies and the rabbits. So lovely. Happy Christmas and wishing you a wonderful new year! :)

  4. What a beautiful collection of works notwithstanding your hard beginning of year, I've loved sharing in your creative journey and wish you all the very best for the New Year, blue skies, bright horizons and calm waters to you and yours!

  5. I don't think I missed a thing Morag and will be following along in 2016. Best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year.

  6. Happy New Year Morag, and I hope your wishes for 2016 will be realised a plenty! I can't believe I've been following your Blog for nearly a year! Where has the time gone I wonder. Looking forward to seeing what beautiful pieces of art you create next year.

    1. Thank you Cath. I usually try and reply to comments via email but I can't do that with many Google + visitors so may I wish you a very happy New year. Thanks for all your supportive c ommments throughout the year.

  7. You gave me the idea for an yearly overview last year, and this year I remembered to do it just in time :-) Your year didn't start out well healthwise, but creatively it sure has been a great year. Looking forward to a new year full of your beautiful works! Wishing you smooth sailing into the next year!

  8. This is such a wonderful post FULL of your beautiful and colorful art Morag. I LOVE First Snow so much. There is such a peacefulness about it. September and October are pretty wonderful too.

    I hope there will be no broken feet in 2016 and look forward to seeing what you create for your upcoming exhibit!


  9. What a fantastic creative year you've had!Even through the illness and pain you've continued to produce such beauty. I particularly love the stitched paintings. Happy new year Morag, may it bring you everything you hope and wish.xx

  10. Wow, what a great idea to put things into perspective. Even though your year wasn't the most healthy for you, you sure managed to cope well by creating beautiful pieces full of colour, texture and your favourite subjects.

    Hugs and all the best to you,

  11. A lovely round up of the year and a lovely peep back at your beautiful work. I shall be looking forward to seeing your new pieces in 2016 and I hope you have a very Happy New Year.

  12. Thank you very much for sharing all these colorful and artful pleasures throughout the year! It is always a great pleasure to come here. Wishing you a very happy and healthy new year too!

  13. What an absolutely fascinating round-up, I enjoyed seeing these again and reading your own comments. Your textile/paper work is so unique and painterly and I appreciated it even more when I saw it in the gallery in Skye in the summer.


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