After a weekend of torrential rain it finally stopped, so Barry and I decided to go out and paint, but it was late and we hadn’t had supper, so we stopped by the local chippy and grabbed some fish and chips (naughty!) and ate them as we drove towards the Tweed River Valley. It was still pretty stormy out there and I had a notion to do some clouds. As I was driving I had spotted a really pretty cloud and was focused on this, but, as clouds do, it changed really fast, so this is as far as I got. It started to rain anyway! It’s amazing how light it still is up here until 9.30 pm. Barry brought over four of these Ampersand boxes, so I think I will do a series of clouds. Needless to say, it’s lovely lovely lovely having Barry here with me.
Late Autumn Morning, Tweed River Valley
24 x 36 Oil/Linen
I think I have finally finished this one. Any thoughts? Is it dramatic enough, or does it work well enough as a quiet still late autumn morning.
We are off to London tomorrow to go and see my children and friends plus the Glasgow Boys exhibition at the Royal Academy. When I return I shall work on the painting that I am going to give away so that it’s ready for Barry to take back with him if the winner happens to be in the US. Start spreading the news… just a few more days to wait for the details!
Dad and I arrived in Scotland yesterday. I am not sure why I always seem to be driving on the lovely days and on the days I can get out and do some work, it’s rather cloudy. Anyway, here are a few photos from my walk this morning with my friend Jasmin and her dog Missy in the stubble field behind her house. The views are breathtaking just a short walk down the lane. I know it’s going to be lovely… (fingers crossed!) on Wednesday so I shall be going out to the Tweed Valley to do some work.
Mist in the Tweed River Valley
10 x 12 Oil/Panel
Here is another Scottish painting. Last time I was there, (which was actually 2008 because I wasn’t able to go in 09 because my Dad (Mr. Miracle!) was so ill), I drove over to my favourite valley and I couldn’t see a thing because it was completely shrouded in mist! It was as if I was in an aeroplane high above the clouds looking down! Luckily it started to clear and this was the inspiration for the painting I am submitting to the Albuquerque Museum Miniature show.
Early Morning below Gordes ii
10 x 12 Oil/Panel
The third submission for the Museum show is the above painting.
Three years ago Barry and I went with a few friends to a place called Fontblanche in the valley below Gordes, France. We arrived in the middle of the night owing to a few logistical hiccups and as we walked into the beautiful old french farmhouse, we thought we had arrived in heaven. None of us wanted to go to sleep and we all sat there on the balcony watching the twinkling lights of the valley in the distance, drinking the wine the owners had kindly left us. Finally we succumbed to sleep because some of us had just flown over from the States. In the morning we awoke to such a glorious view, all sparkly and fresh and we couldn’t wait to get out there, coffee and croissants in hand to explore and get our paint boxes out. We all long to return and hopefully one day Barry and I will take a workshop there, because I can assure you it is one of the most glorious places on this earth!
On another note, (I should be packing!!) Loriann Signori has just posted a really lovely piece about me on her blog… I am somewhat embarrassed by the attention, but honoured too! Here is a link to her blog. Thank you Loriann for your kind words!