Sunday 15 August 2021

Foxgloves and Summer meadows

 The past couple of weeks have been very busy. My latest two collages have found lovely forever homes.

I've also some exciting new gallery news. My mosaics have found their way all the way to The tiny gallery at Henley upon Thames. My first batch sold out in just over a week, but a new collection was delivered on Friday.

I also had a little trip to waternish on the western side of Skye ( Skye is a much larger island than most people imagine) To Dandelion designs to drop off some more pieces. 

And finally this is a little peep at the workbench work in progress...... 
To be continued....

Tuesday 27 July 2021

Better late than never, a long overdue blogpost!

I haven't posted for ages, so instead of a long winded recap I'll just share what I'm up to at the moment, as I realise for those not on social media it's not always  possible to catch up on my new work. 

This year I've focused on building my Etsy store, Morag Archer Art, and building the number of galleries who represent me. I've developed my mosaic bird collection and included lots of new designs.  I've begun the week finishing off a new seabird collection including a new Gannet design.

On the workbench this week

New Gannet design

I've also just completed two new collections for the velvet easel in Portobello near Edinburgh, The Whitehouse gallery in Kircudbright, and the Studio vault in Settle where my work forms part of the 'Beneath the trees exhibition'.

Collection now in the velvet easel

            Collection now in the whitehouse gallery

And finally after all that hard work I found a little time to go beach combing on the shoreline at Uig. 

That's it for this week!

Thursday 6 June 2019

Exhibition News

I've just returned from the beautiful little seaside village of Findhorn. My newest Exhibition opened at the Moray Art centre there today and continues until the end of the month. The exhibition contains around 30 pieces of work much of it brand new and made especially for the show over the winter after my month long trip to Rajastan. I think a little bit of Indian colour has crept into the mix, what do you think?

Below the photos are just a little taster of what's on display. If you need any more details just message me. 

Friday 22 February 2019

Doodling with woodcocks.


This week it really seems Spring is in the air, and it's really quite mild. That means my studio is warmer, and my fingerless painting gloves have been cast aside, at least for now. Over the past two months I've had a break from the Skyeworks gallery and have been concentrating on getting together new work for the forthcoming summer. 

My latest piece was inspired by a new winter visitor to my garden. A woodcock! This sweet little bird hides out in the trees and shrubs around my driveway during the day and then at dusk he emerges to hunt for food. 

A short, plump bird I also discovered through my American Instagram and Facebook followers he is known as a Timberdoodle. What a fantastic name, and a perfect description for him! 

Below is my driveway where he likes to hang about!

He's made of lots of layers of paper and paint.

I've also finished another poppy landscape.

#Lovemypet day on wednesday meant a certain someone had to get into the frame. I think she was telling me the picture could be improved with a cat in the foreground. That's my next challenge!

And finally the Summer season at Skyeworks gallery is starting to take shape. I started back in the gallery this week and my new work should start appearing in the there from early next week. 

Have a lovely week.


Thursday 14 February 2019

Dear Deer and moonlit Machair


 I can't believe a week has gone past since my last post. It's been a busy week.

I spent a few days last weekend over on the Scottish mainland  in Appleross, a remote peninsular on the north west coast of Scotkand, its coastline overlooks Skye, infact I can see its Torridon mountains from my house on Skye.

The mountain pass to Applecross is one of the highest in the UK and is a spectacular drive, although in Winter it is often impassible. I took some great photos of the large numbers of red deer which make their way down to lower levels near the coast to escape the snow and find food.

This very elegant chap had been grazing amongst the bracken and had acquired a very natty antler decoration. He looked both surprised and embarrassed to see me pointing a camera at him!

The roads are slow going, especially when you have to negotiate your way round a few hairy obstacles!

I also took some photos of lots of lovely little houses and old outbuildings. If you know my work you'll know how much I like to add little houses to the horizon of my paintings. 

Workwise.....well I've finished a moonlight hare, which my  Facebook followers  suggested some fantastic names for. In the end I plumped for The moon and ghe Machair.

Machair is the Gaelic word for the coastal swathes of wildflowers which carpet the low lying coastal stretches of the outer hebrides in early Summer.

The textures are built up from layers if torn paper and acrylic paint.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.


Wednesday 6 February 2019

If you go down to the woods.

Brrrhhhhh it's been a Chilly week. I was snowed in the house for a few days, which if you have a full freezer and nowhere pressing to go is no great hardship. In fact the snow brought the beautiful Roe deer which live around my house back down to my garden. Watching them from my studio window I thought, If that isn't inspiration, I don't know what is!

So with nowhere to go and plenty of time to experiment I began a new deer collage.

I used lots of lovely silvery Christmas gift wrap which I and my lovely friends had saved up. Making layers and layers building up colour.

The deer were then painted in acrylics, I love these new Windsor and Newton professional acrylics atm.

Finally finished, I think, although I haven't varnished it yet as I wasnt sure whether to add a bit of detail to the foreground, the more I leave it, the more happy I am with it. So it may well stay this way.

Finally, some snowy snowdrops, I just adore these delicate flowers. 

Spring isn't far away!


Wednesday 30 January 2019

Back to blogging

Hello, it's been a while, and as one of my new year resolutions was to start blogging again I really need to show a little of what I've been up to.

Well, firstly lots of collage, many of my pieces found their ways to various parts of the world. Australia, United states, Germany, France as well as all corners of the UK. I will always be hugely thankful and appreciative of all those who love my artwork.

Here are a couple of the many that flew to new forever homes near and far over the past months.

I also was very busy making lots and lots of little bird mosaics using old vintage China and paper clay. I approach these as  a sort of collage. The elements all being glued and assembled. The inspiration this year has been all the beautiful birds in my garden, which is full of trees and sheltered spots for them to hide.

And now?

Well a fantastic month long trip to India in November means I'm full of inspiration. India is so full of pattern and colour. I even visited a paper factory in jaipur to watch paper being made and posted a whole stash back to myself.  Already it's being put to good use!

I've also had some dear little visitors to my garden. This was taken through my studio window.

So with that I'll show you what I'm working on atm.. just a detail, but it shows me messing around with gesso over torn paper. A new effect I'm trying to make seaside waves.

So that's all for now. 

See you soon. X