Thursday, 22 September 2016

New work in Junction arts gallery Aberdeen

 Been a busy few weeks and a couple of weeks ago some new pieces of mine travelled over to Aberdeen to a lovely gallery in Aberdeens city centre called Junction Arts
So happy to be forging links with Aberdeen and the east coast as my youngest daughter lives and works there.
Elaine the gallery owner was particularly interested in my sewn paper croft houses.

So I've made a few wee bits for her to show, some backed onto wood panels, some stretched and framed.

Also in the gallery is one of my mosaic croft pieces made from paperclay, a type of papermache.

Thank you Elaine for giving me the opportunity to exhibit in your lovely Gallery!

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Thistles and salt air and a Seaeagle

  I just love thistles, perhaps it is their colour, that gorgeous purple pink, perhaps it is their resilient nature, whatever it is, I never tire of them.
 This time of year they cover the wild landscape. This canvas was finished a few weeks back but I haven't had time to blog it, or several others I have finished recently.  I don't know if it is just me, but since relenting and setting up a facebook business page I seem to struggle keeping up with doing both a regular blog and facebook posts. I resent feeling I am spending too much time on line so I set time restraints on how much I devote to such stuff. Is this wrong? Am I the only one out there struggling to multitask social media? Blogging was always my main love as it forms a sort of visual diary. It is a journey of words, thoughts and inspiration. Do you do both? If so which works best for you.

 Below is a close up of the rich textures of paper and paint.

I made it to fill a space vacated by my sea eagle at Skyeworks which happily flew off to a lovely new home.

 Below the door frame gives you an idea of size of my new thistle painting. I like working on these letterbox shaped canvas. Gives landscapes an interesting perspective and leaves lots of space for all the textural elements I want to add.

Thistles are everywhere and I photograph them all the time... I'm not sure I need any more thistle photographs but I keep on taking them!

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Seagull dance

Been very busy recently working in lots of bits and pieces. The seagull dance was finished this week and is now at Skyeworks Gallery in Portree.
The summer is as skye day sparkling sun the next mist and drizzle. Seagull dance is definately one of those sparkle sunshine days. Earlier in the week Paramount movies were on the island filming the new Transformers movie. Those days were unfortunately not the best. I believe they intended to ride stunt horses along the ridge...the rain and drizzle must have made shooting anything a wee bit tricky! I stopped and took a photo but most of the action seemed to be in the catering trailer out the rain!

Thursday, 18 August 2016

semi abstracts

I enjoy working in a semi abstract style, primarily my passion is pattern and colour and these two pieces illustrate this. The first' spruce ridge' is on canvas and as you can see combines torn paper and paint.

This much larger piece is on wood. Entitled 'on a clear day' it is a flow of pattern and colour.Inspired by the views from Northern Skye looking east towards the mainland, in front are some of my small 3D croft mini collages which combine paperclay and paper.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Eagle bowl

Long time ago my followers may remember my mermaid bowl...

mermaid bowl

Well i hadn't done a collaged bowl for some time and I wanted to try something new. So here we have my eagle bowl! Made with torn paper and acrylic paint on a papermache substrate. I made it to hang on the wall rather than sit as the bowl shape collects the light and it reflects the gold on the sea eagles feathers. Skye is the home to a couple of eagle species, Sea eagles inhabit the cliffs surrounding Portree bay where little boat trips go out on eagle spotting trips. I've been on several, one in particular saw the eagle fly right down over our boat, a magical experience!

The idea began in my sketchbook

then was painted in black gesso

Then I added the paper fragments

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Beneath the surface...

The world is a very different place...

All is not what it seems.

Mixed media on canvas.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Spring showers

Short and sweet show and tell today,
another of my pieces made for my recent exhibition at Skyeworks.
A combination of torn paper and acrylic paint.

It is one of my largest pieces and one with which I had a long battle with the foreground to get right.
I wanted it to look free and semi abstract so it was hard not to get too fussy. The silver pieces of rain which float from the sky are silver leaf which glistens in the light,