Saturday, 26 July 2014

Great Morning Sketching Today Broughton House Kirkcudbright

Saturday 26 July Broughton House Kirkcudbright
Another lovely morning sketching in the marvellous gardens, we are made so welcome and have the place to ourselves, as we are in before the house and gardens are opened to the public!
Book a place at next months Sketchbook Saturday August 30th! Contact me to book a place

Friday, 25 July 2014

Saturday Sketching at Broughton House

Saturday 26th July come along and sketch with me, weather permitting in Hornels beautiful garden, 10-12 noon
Cost £10
We also have access to Hornels Studio and gallery so will never be stuck for interesting things to sketch, what ever the weather!
See you at 10am,
Broughton House
High st

Monday, 21 July 2014

Hydrangea Blooms

Hydrangea Blooms - I am so pleased with this one, Hydrangeas are so lovely to paint, the colour range is vast, love them, love them! 
I have been up since before 6am , out painting frames in my nightie and painting cardigan, wonderful combination, believe me! Then that's when things started to go downhill, the two frames I glued and clamped, fell to bits when I started pinning them this morning, agh! So crabbit, I've left them.
I am sitting in at the Tolbooth Arts Centre this morning, a gorgeous exhibition of renowned artisan silversmith and designer Michael Lloyd's work, it's on till the 27th. You can see his designs from the sketchbook stage up to the finished piece, fascinating plus I love looking at artists sketchbooks!

Thursday, 17 July 2014


I don't have a name for this one, so I'd appreciate suggestions!
I feel like I've been spinning like a top today. I sold another painting yesterday at the Town Hall and took down two spares this morning as everything is now on the wall. When I got home, I got a call to say another one has sold!
I am panicking, I'm trying to paint stock for Kirkcudbright Art and Craft Trail which is on in only two weeks. I make my own frames, it is so time consuming...
This afternoon I am painting hydrangea blooms, it is going so well.... then the blooms wilted with the heat and my spotlight while I was painting a batch of frames...eek!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Sam's Daisy

Sam's Daisy - on my way home one day I plucked up the courage and asked Sam for a couple of his large daisy blooms. I love white flowers but they are a right paint! I've done three, each time my "whites" are based on a different hue. This one you can see is a warm pink.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Summer Posy Framed and for Sale

Summer Posy - all framed ready for sale at Kirkcudbright Country Fair at Carse, Tongland, just outside the town, tomorrow £150 - come along to see it in the Kirkcudbright Arts and Craft Trail Tent! Lots to see and do, community painting etc! Open Sunday too! Fun for all the family!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Today's Open Studio A Hit!

Best open studio day today! Sales, commissions, sign ups for my Life Drawing Workshop and Sketchbook Saturdays, lovely people, lots of tea, coffee and cake - and of course lots of sun!

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Wednesday 9th Open Studio

Wednesday 9th July - Open Studio 1-5pm!
All welcome, kettle will be on,if the weather forecast is right, we can have our tea/coffee in the garden!
Directions - follow sign for golf course, near St Mary Service Station, head up to the top of the hill past the golf clubhouse entrance. Stirling Crescent on your left and course on your right. Plenty of parking across from house. My banner will be on the gate! The studio is at the bottom of the rear garden!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Greengate Flowers

This is the finished painting of the flowers my friend Pauline gave me last Wednesday when she visited. The white sweet peas changed each day as they opened, very frustrating! I wiped that whole side out at one point! Apologies for the photo quality, the light has got in on the top right side and whitened that whole area. I'd best try and take another photo tomorrow!

Friday, 4 July 2014

Linocutting Once Again!

I have been on another of Clare Melinski's linocutting workshops. It is so intense from 10am, I get so into it, by 3pm I was completely exhausted. A cup of coffee couldn't even pick me up so I'm afraid I wasted the last hour but I am very happy with what I produced today. I love printing on fabric, much more than on paper

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Left Over Oil Paint!

After picking up on the tip given by portrait artist Nicky Philipps as she painted Simon Westons's portrait, I have no worries of having to throw out expensive paint or going into the studio in the morning to crusted over paint! She places her paints in the freezer the night before, so she is ready to start in the morning!
I now put all my leftover paint, the stuff straight from the tube and the mixed paint, on my enamel plate, covered with cling film straight into my outhouse chest freezer on my way back to the house! It also means my studio palette is all clean and ready to go the next day!
The flat plate has just been taken out, I'm going to go back to a work I started at the weekend. The enamel bowl is just going in the freezer, colours I have been using this morning!
I also love to see the colours and tones I have mixed, all together and looking pretty!

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Glasgow Girls Exhibition , Town ?Hall, Kirkcudbright

I have been lucky enough to hang some of my work in the Town Hall, before you enter the main room, holding the wonderful work of the famous Glasgow Girls.
I sold this piece to the niece of Glasgow Girl, Isabel Thomson on opening night!
Please come along and view the wide variety of work on display, by the talented Glasgow Girls! Well worth a visit, open till the end of August!