Bass Rock

Bass Rock

I will forever think of this painting as my 'lockdown painting'. I started it at the beginning of lockdown (late March/early April), when everyone was at their most fearful, not knowing what this new illness was... locked away in our own homes and spaces. I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed painting it, it took my thoughts away from the initial panic and loneliness of lockdown. This is a 'keep-sake' painting. The canvas is the largest I've worked on, 40 x 30 ins. I had bought it a few years back from a charity…continue reading →
By the Lilac Hills

By the Lilac Hills

I throughly enjoyed trying out this technique for these little cottages set in a Scottish landscape. The whole painting was experimental for me, (i.e. out-with my normal style), and I was inspired by Will Kemp's amazing teaching techniques. I will be trying out a few of his videos as I go, and hope to learn new techniques along the way. His work and teaching methods can be found here:- Will Kemp Art School I'm a slow-painter, and quite careful, using small brushes (depending on what I'm painting), this helped free me up, I…continue reading →
St. Monans – Series of Colourist Paintings

St. Monans – Series of Colourist Paintings

A Series of Colourist Paintings of St. Monans. Currently I'm enjoying working with bright colours in a Colourist style. I'm planning on doing a series of these paintings inspired by the village of St. Monans, and the East Neuk. Fishing villages have a lovely collection of 'folksy', old, higgledy-piggedy cottages, many painted in bright, cheerful colours. Old rowing-boats, flowerpots, barrels, all filled with flowering plants add to the overall colour. An absolute delight on warm, summer days! The Auld Kirk is one of my favourite buildings in St. Monans. The Auld Kirkcontinue reading →
The Auld Kirk

The Auld Kirk

I based this painting on an old painting I came across by John Guthrie Spence Smith, painted in 1930. I also went along and took several photos of the Kirk from the same angle. After a preliminary drawing, I then carried out the painting in acrylics. The Auld Kirk sits in St. Monans and the ancient site can be dated back to approx. 1265, although previous to this, it was believed that the site had been a holy site used by a religious hermit. The Kirk has been rebuilt or restored several times…continue reading →
Patchwork Tote Bags

Patchwork Tote Bags

A series of Patchwork Tote Bags I've made over the years. The first one was the Charles Bridge image, way back in 2014. Each bag was made with scraps of material, with each side of the bag being different...giving choice to what side I preferred. My favourite is the one featured with the dog chasing the dragon-fly. This was initially picked up in a charity shop, a vintage bag looking the worse for wear, exactly the type of 'find' I enjoy! I can see the possibilities and potential of these 'finds', and enjoy…continue reading →
St. Monans Windmill

St. Monans Windmill

St Monans Windmill is the last surviving windmill in Fife, and it is thought that this 18th century windmill acted as the powerhouse of the salt-pans, the remains of which can be seen in the landscape around it. It is situated on a bank above the salt-pans and beach below and is an impressive site. The windmill is currently being used by the Coastguards, where the voluntary Coastwatch keep an eye out for boats that may be in trouble. The Bass Rock often looks white, it is a bird sanctuary, and is jam-packed…continue reading →
Colourful Fishing Boats

Colourful Fishing Boats

  These are my first attempts at painting fishing boats. I wanted to portray how colourful they look in the vastness of the sea. Also as an expressive artist, I especially like to use bright, playful colouring. I live in a lovely area, a small fishing village along the coast, where there are a series of fishing villages and coastal walks. I've only been here over a year, and I've become fascinated with the range of fishing boats in the harbours and out at sea. Its a tough life for the fishermen and…continue reading →
Gathering Storm

Gathering Storm

This is my first attempt at experimenting with palette knives. I recently attended a workshop with artist Susan Forsyth, who specialises in coastal paintings, very inspiring! I have tried sea-scapes before without much success, but using palette knives seemed to free me up, and allow the painting to take shape. I enjoyed the texture that was created with the knives, although I did find them harder to use than I thought I would. There's definitely a technique to using them, and I had to resist the desire or impulse to go over it…continue reading →
St Monans Art Festival 2019

St Monans Art Festival 2019

This is the second time I have taken part in St Monans Community Arts Festival. there were 20 Open Houses with artists showing their work. So much to see and do, I managed to view 13 of the 20 before tiring myself out. There were many activities and workshops held throughout the weekend. I attended a superb workshop held by Susan Forsyth: Coastal Scenes with a Palette Knife, very inspiring! A very enjoyable event, well worth coming along. The arts festival was set up in 2009 by a group of local people, the…continue reading →
Art Quilt – Blue Elephant

Art Quilt – Blue Elephant

I love the Indian Elephant wall-hangings, so decided to try one out for myself. The elephant is appliquéd to the blue background. I used Indian embroidery pieces to decorate the border. Kantha stitches were used to spice up the blue background. The elephant material was cut from a dress, mirror-work was added, along with embroidery stitching, and bits of ribbon. My aim was to make the whole piece colourful. This wall-hanging is smaller than my usual works, 53cm x 55cm. I'm looking forward to trying out another elephant quilt along the same lines,…continue reading →