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October: Cheviots 4

Cheviot 4

For some reason, in my easy life, I seem to have been chasing deadlines for some weeks …nothing drastic, all very pleasant, just odds there and sods there; but today, nada.  A day of rest.  I decided to go for a little walk, tender on my feet which had been overworked yesterday… however, I wandered about for over two hours.  A high wind was blowing, so before I left I had decided to avoid walking under trees. Some time later I found myself walking under trees.  Still, nothing fell on my head. On my way home the October light on the hills caught my eye.  The light was there for just a few seconds, and I managed to capture it.  Everything changes. All the time. And yet these hills have been here for so very long.  I have had a good day today.

October 19, 2014 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Studio II

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October 12, 2014 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

3 Stages and a Lighting Effect

3 stages and a lighting effectI started off painting this very roughly, and then took a photograph in the afternoon, when (by chance, not design) the light from the window lay over the canvas.  When I looked at the photograph I liked the effect of the window and its shadow, so decided to incorporate this effect in the final picture. I am used to painting illustrations flat on the table, but with this larger painting I propped up the canvas on a chair with two sturdy arms.  I am going to get a piece of wood and balance it on the chair to use as an easel.  The studio is small, and though I have an ornate, gold painted metal easel, this is used to hold many sheets of watercolour paper and big books of expensive artistico fabriano paper which I use for illustration. I also have a table easel which I think I bought in Lidl, or Aldi maybe: but for larger bits of canvas, the chair and the bit of wood will do very well.  It is fun to do something larger and freer after the small pages of illustration: though in a sense this is still an illustration, as it is a painting based on a poem which I wrote many years ago. I have incorporated the words of the poem in the painting.  I admire very much the use that some artists make of words, I haven’t explored this enough, and need to widen the range of my lettering. However, it is fun to realise that there are ways of expanding one’s range. I went to an exhibition of illustration at the Granary Gallery in Berwick upon Tweed (where some of my illustrations were on show among those of other people) and was very interested in one or two paintings which had incorporated words beautifully in their work. Rather a delightful exhibition, connected with Berwick’s first Book Festival, which takes place next weekend, and which it is hoped will be a yearly fixture. The picture above (final version) I delivered today to the Berwick Watchtower Gallery, for their Open Exhibition, which also opens next weekend.

 

October 11, 2014 Posted by | Painting, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Studio III

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October 11, 2014 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wall Climber

wall climber

September 1, 2014 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Leaves and Light Above the Tweed

Leaves and Light

August 2, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Cobwebs

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The Tardis, my studio, is filling up gradually with books, rags, old paint pots, half finished canvases, big bottles with paintbrushes, knick-knacks, charcoal dust, cacti and bird seed. In the midst of trying to finish some acrylic paintings I get a commission of tiny proportions, which means some delicacy needed, which means the table gets dusted free of gubbins, and I take my watercolours out of the cupboard, two paintboxes, a brush roll, and some tubes arranged in a Japanese type woven tray with shallow baskets, obviously for food, but brilliant for keeping the colours separate, bought at a car boot in Kelso.  As I sit down to sketch out a tiny rough, I notice the light through the cobwebs in the window.  Ah, distractions, distractions….

July 7, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Reeds and Sun Disc

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The light caught the reeds in the Hirsel Lake  as I pointed the camera towards the sun, and this pretty disc appeared on the lens (as I found out later, at the time all I could see was the light on the reeds); meanwhile all other colour was drained except for variations of sepia, like an old print.

February 2, 2014 Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Gold Tree by River Tweed

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I thought this tree was so pretty, shining through the trunks and tracery of foreground trees on the steep slope down to the Tweed. There has been wind today, and it has grown colder and darker, so soon the trees will be almost bare; so I wanted to celebrate this lovely tree before it was stripped bare.

November 15, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Windowsill: Portraits, Shadows, Rose

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In the evening, the sun coming slant through the nets, reflections, shadows, caught just before I went out.  I want to take some more pictures of the windwsill, but today the louring skies are back, the Leet will be overflowing across the green as likely as not, so no shadows, no light. Yesterday in the wind the cherry bloosom blowing throug the air looked like hail. I shall hie me outside to get some fresh air, and keep an eye out for a day with brightness but not too much sun, so I can take some photographs of a particular tree stump that I liked, up in the Hirsel woods.  For the moment, au revoir.

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May 18, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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