My Studio…My Beautiful Studio

  DSC_0007                   DSC_0017We all take things for granted and  we can't see what is right in front of us.My studio is situated in the Highlands of Scotland overlooking the seaside village of Cromarty.I share this space, known as the Stables Studios, with 4 other artists in  a renovated 18th century stable block with wooden pillars and vaulted ceilings.When a friend dropped by the other day she mentioned that this would such a beautiful place to work. That's when I took a step back and there it is, my studio…my beautiful studio!We all get in our daily ruts and we need to remind ourselves of the beauty that surrounds us. Here I am in a building with an amazing atmosphere and with the landscape outside  my door inspiring the work I do.There will be days I just don't see it but today I do and I appreciate it.Take a moment and look around today - you might be surprised at what you see!     

Spring Is In The Air (or brrrr…up in the air)

There are buds on the trees and it's staying lighter in the evening. I saw lambs the other day.New beginnings and the perfect time for a new website and a new blog!Here in Scotland, I feel spring is in the air. It's difficult sometimes as the haar (a coastal fog) can come in cold over the sea but I can still feel it's presence.The seasons run into each other. You feel so cold in the wind and rain and then ,suddenly, you get out of the wind and you can feel spring!Even through the cold and the fog, the light is softer, the grass is greener and the buds start to turn. The tenaciousness of nature.It's these changes in light and colour that I love to capture as each season comes and goes.You can see the bright colours from the summer in the painting "The Perfect Summer" below:Or the more muted colours of the autumn/winter months depicted below in "Ploughed Field".So spring is in the air and I can't wait to see where my painting takes me.I also look forward to where this blogging will take me as I share my insights, experiences, or more accurately, my ramblings on matters art related.This will be fun because I don't know where I am headed but I hope you can come along!How are you inspired?  Please click on 'Leave a Comment' below and let me know and if you have a moment, please sign up to get on my email list and receive a surprise !