Representational



Proud Poppies (I)

I paint poppies often. I love the different forms of the different species, the whole panoply of reds they display, and their general air of exhuberance, apparently stating that all is well in the world.

These are painted in acrylic, and in a deliberately deep double mount, emphasising their uniqueness.

The frame is black to further emphasise how striking they are.

Framed, they measure 43 x 43cm and cost £75.00 ( P&P extra )

 

Freeranging

This picture was created from regularly meeting friend's hens, and pictures I took of the cockerel and other hens at Beamish Museum.

I love the contrast of the white plumage of the cockerel against the brown of the hens. The grouping also seemed to be a common one (the cockerel in charge of his harem), especially if there was another cockerel nearby.

The picture is painted in acrylic on a box canvas 30x40cm. Price £60.00  (P&Pextra)

 

Double Trouble

These two were up to mischief ( I've no doubt) when I came across them playing in the courtyard. Whatever they did, I hope the consequences were not too serious!

They are painted in water colour, mounted and framed.

The picture measures 52x30cm, priced at £60.00 (P&P extra)

 

Camelias

This painting is mounted but unframed. It is in watercolour, and reflects my love of brightly coloured flowers.

Size: 40x30cm (in mount), priced at £20 (P&P extra)

  Price: £40.00 (incl.P&P)

Deep Peace of the Flowing Air

Although I have included this painting in the 'representational' section, it is entirely from my imagination - a picture in my head originating from my impressions and reactions to the wonderful countryside around.

The picture is painted in acrylic on a box canvas.

I always paint the sides of the canvas in keeping with the front picture, so that it may be hung as it is, or can be framed if the purchaser wishes, without fear of uncovered canvas being revealed.

Box frame 61x61cm Price: £60 (P&P extra)

  £85 (including P&P)

Hide and Seek

This ginger tom was making good use of the farmer's barn to hide in while he had his attention on the birds outside.

It is in watercolour, mounted but not framed Size 50x50cm approx and priced at £20 (P&P extra)

 

 

Lillies

This is a lively watercolour of lillies, size 40x30cm approx. mounted, but unframed.

It is priced at £20 ( P&P extra)

 

Harvest Time

This picture, for me, typifies a fruitful day in the countryside. There is food aplenty for both mankind and rooks!.......

It was painted in watercolour, and has been sold.

 

Anyone for Tennis?

Spot used to live next door to me, and was always ready for some fun.

He is painted in watercolour, and is mounted and framed.

The frame measures 54x50cm, and is priced at £50 (P&P extra)

 

A Derbyshire house commission

This is a house portrait, painted as a commission. A beautiful stone house, set in the Derbyshire National Park.

It was painted in watercolour, and the owner of the house was particularly taken with the fact that I used artistic licence to 'tidy' his garden.

 

A Bone of Contentment

Bailey's portrait was painted as a commission. He loved being the centre of attention. I painted 3 portraits in all, and his owner bought the other 2. This one was the smallest, and I was ensuring that I could reproduce the beautiful champagne colour of his coat.

The picture is painted in acrylic on a box canvas.

I always paint the sides of the canvas in keeping with the front picture, so that it may be hung as it is, or can be framed if the purchaser wishes, without fear of uncovered canvas being revealed.

The canvas measures 20x20cm, is priced at £40  ( P&P extra)

 

 

  SOLD

Nymphaea

I have retained an interest in flowers since my early years. My Degree in Botany is reflected in my love of their Latin names.

I painted Nymphaea, Paeonia, Ranunculus and Papaver about the same time, and hoped they would be sold as a group, because for me they went together. In the event, they sold as a pair, and then two singles. I hung them in my home as a row of four, in the bathroom, where I thought the indigo background formed a sharp contrast to the plain white walls of the room, and seemed to increase the very vibrancy of the flowers.

The picture is painted in acrylic on a box canvas.

I always paint the sides of the canvas in keeping with the front picture, so that it may be hung as it is, or can be framed if the purchaser wishes, without fear of uncovered canvas being revealed.

The canvas measures 20 x 20cm, and has been sold

  sold

Paeonia

Beautiful magenta petals, shimmering in the sunshine.

I painted Nymphaea, Paeonia, Ranunculus and Papaver about the same time, and hoped they would be sold as a group, because for me they went together. In the event, they sold as a pair, and then two singles. I hung them in my home as a row of four, in the bathroom, where I thought the indigo background formed a sharp contrast to the plain white walls of the room, and seemed to increase the very vibrancy of the flowers.

The picture is painted in acrylic on a box canvas.

I always paint the sides of the canvas in keeping with the front picture, so that it may be hung as it is, or can be framed if the purchaser wishes, without fear of uncovered canvas being revealed.

The canvas measures 20 x 20cm, and has been sold

 

Ranunculus

These bright flowers seem to outshine the sun.

I painted Nymphaea, Paeonia, Ranunculus and Papaver about the same time, and hoped they would be sold as a group, because for me they went together. In the event, they sold as a pair, and then two singles. I hung them in my home as a row of four, in the bathroom, where I thought the indigo background formed a sharp contrast to the plain white walls of the room, and seemed to increase the very vibrancy of the flowers.

The picture is painted in acrylic on a box canvas. I always paint the sides of the canvas in keeping with the front picture, so that it may be hung as it is, or can be framed if the purchaser wishes, without fear of uncovered canvas being revealed.

The canvas measures 20 x 20cm, and has been sold.

  sold

Papaver

A friend grows these in her garden, where their showy exhibition often causes the passing traffic to slow.

I painted Nymphaea, Paeonia, Ranunculus and Papaver about the same time, and hoped they would be sold as a group, because for me they went together. In the event, they sold as a pair, and then two singles. I hung them in my home as a row of four, in the bathroom, where I thought the indigo background formed a sharp contrast to the plain white walls of the room, and seemed to increase the very vibrancy of the flowers.

The picture is painted in acrylic on a box canvas.

I always paint the sides of the canvas in keeping with the front picture, so that it may be hung as it is, or can be framed if the purchaser wishes, without fear of uncovered canvas being revealed.

The canvas measures 20 x 20cm, and has been sold.

 

 

Kirkcudbright Kat

I've called this picture Kirkcudbright Kat ( although this is a portrait of 'Haggis' - a cat I knew in Gelston  (a cat with a very dominating attitude!) - because he represents one of numerous cats to be seen around Kirkcudbright, all of whom seem to have more than the usual amount of attitude given to cats.

The picture is painted in acrylic on a box canvas.

I always paint the sides of the canvas in keeping with the front picture, so that it may be hung as it is, or can be framed if the purchaser wishes, without fear of uncovered canvas being revealed.

The canvas measures 20 x 20cm, and is priced £60.00 (P&P extra)

 

Country Lane

One of my greatest pleasures is to wander down country lanes and through woodland. While representational, this picture is from 'the mind's eye', rather than directly from life.

It is painted in acrylic, mounted and framed, measuring 44x44cm and priced at £40.00 (P&P extra)

 

Gallovidian Humour

On the road approaching Kirkcudbright, there is a lay-by with conventional cattle signs - however, some wag has added white bands, turning them into 'Belted Galloways'!! All this appeals to my sense of humour.

Painted in acrylic and permanent pen on a box canvas 20x20cm. Price £20.00 (P&P extra)

 

Gallovidian Robin

I have always liked painting Robins, feisty little birds that they are, and paint them often for my cousin, who has a predilection for them.

This painting derives from watching a Robin foraging in the snow, and I just had to include the Snowdrops, which feature so famously in Dumfries and Galloway.

The bird is painted in oil on an acrylic background on a 20x20cm box canvas,
price £60.00 (P&P extra)

 

Gelston Castle Courtyard

I rented a cottage in the courtyard for over three years, and have many happy memories of that time. I lived in a cottage diagonally opposite this one, The archway in the corner leads into the orchard, then the vegetable garden and on into the lanes and fields of the estate. I used to walk for hours, lost in the idyll!

The cottage, once part of a stable block many years ago, is painted in watercolour, is mounted and framed. It measures 53x43cm and is priced at £40.00 (P&P extra)

 

Glorious Galloway

I first moved to the Region twenty years ago, and was almost overwhelmed by the beauty of the area. My two favourite road trips are along the coast road to New Abbey, and along the A75 towards Stranraer.What I particularly enjoy is having the sea on one side, and the countryside on the other.

I took the photograph, upon which this picture is based when I first moved down, remember it was on the way to Stranraer, but not at all sure of the exact location.It doesn't matter, I think, the title says it all.

The painting is in acrylic, and is in a wooden frame which measures 109 x 79 cm, and is priced £120 (P&P extra)

The picture is possibly too large to be posted.

 

I Am Coming with You!

When I lived in Corsock, I lived opposite Kylelea Cattery - as an ardent cat-lover, I could not have done better. Janspeed was one of the house cats at the cattery, and loved people. I only had to appear, and she would rush up and drape herself around my neck, purring away! Her owner, my friend Betty, said she always knew when Janspeed and I had encountered each other, because Janspeed smelled of my perfume!

This picture was taken when I visited Betty, after I had moved from Corsock, and Janspeed appeared to have decided to come home with me! Mounted and framed, watercolour, 86 x 64 cm  £80.00 (P&P extra)
 

 

If You Want the Best Seat in the House, You'll have to Move the Cat!

This is a picture of Lennon - one of friends' 2 cats - I love cats best of all animals, and enjoy Lennon's and his friend Buddy's attentions every time I visit.

I've called it "If You Want the best Seat in the House, You'll have to Move the Cat! I" This maxim is true for most cats, but absolutely true for Buddy and Lennon.

The picture is painted in acrylic on a box canvas 30x40cm Price £80.00 (P&P extra)

 

Kirkcudbright Kat

I've called this picture Kirkcudbright Kat ( although this is a portrait of 'Haggis' - a cat I knew in Gelston. A cat with a dominant attitude!), because he represents one of numerous cats to be seen around Kirkcudbright, all of whom seem to have more than the usual amount of attitude given to cats.

He is painted in acrylic on a box canvas 20 x 20cm, priced £60.00 (P&P extra)

 

Lennon

Lennon is a couple of friends' cat. He is a 'wanderer', sometimes going off for days at a time. His latest exploit was to return, not just with a mouse, but also the mousetrap in which it had been caught!

This portrait has been sold.

 

Loch Voil

I used to live in Glasgow, and Loch Voil and the countryside around it was an area my husband and I went to frequently.

This picture, I think, captures the beautiful purple of the hills, the delicate blue sky and Loch, and the complementary yellow broom.

Loch Voil is painted in watercolour, size 77x56cm and is mounted and framed in ivory white. Price £50.00 (P&P extra)

(I will endeavour to take a better photograph as soon as possible)

 

Long Eared Owl

The photograph of this longeared owl was taken by my friend John Bloomer. He is an ardent twitcher and photographer, and has great skill with both activities.

Eyes fascinate me, and this owl's gaze is mesmerising, I think.Although I have been up close to a captive longeared owl, I do not have John's photographic ability, so I asked if I could use his picture as an aide-memoir, and he kindly agreed. This is truly one of those pictures where the eyes seem to follow people around the room!

The picture is painted in acrylic on a box canvas which was then mounted in a deep, glass fronted picture frame. It measures 22x20 (in a frame 36x36)cm and is priced at £80.00 (P&P extra)

(I will take a better photograph of the picture as soon as possible)

 

On Guard

This little cat I met while on a painting holiday in Spain. She was barely more than a kitten, and I was amused at the way she sat by this big pot in her 'servant's' ( I cannot use owner when referring to a cat!) garden. I went to stroke her and the servant said that if I attempted that manoeuvre, I might lose my hand!!

This gave rise to the title "On Guard", since she was obviously prepared to fend off all-comers.

The painting is in watercolour and is mounted and in a frame which will either hang or stand. It measures 30 x 36cm, costing £30.00 ( P&P extra)

 

Posy of White Flowers

This posy was on the table as decoration at a finca where I was on a residential painting course.

I am a very early riser, so I had often put in a couple of hours painting before the owners appeared to prepare the table for breakfast. I painted this posy, in its typical Andalusian vase three times before I had to clear my paints away, and each painting revealed some different aspect of the flowers.

The other two pictures in the tryptich are sold, and I shall, in some measure be sorry to sell this one, as it holds happy memories for me.

It is painted in watercolour in a very loose and flowing style. It is double mounted and framed, measuring 43 x 34cm and costs £35.00 ( P&P extra)

 

Proud Poppies (II)

More poppies - this time in watercolour, used almost like guache for the deep crimson of the petals.

Although this painting is in the representational section of my work, the flowers are a construct of my imagination, reflecting my attraction to them.

 The picture was painted as a companion piece to Purple Panache.

They are mounted and framed, measuring 53 x 30cm and costing £50.00 ( P&P extra)

 

Purple Panache

More flowers - this time in watercolour, used almost like guache for the deep purple of the petals.

Although this painting is in the representational section of my work, the flowers are a construct of my imagination, reflecting my attraction to them. The picture was painted as a companion piece to Proud Poppies (II)

They are mounted and framed, measuring 53 x 30cm and costing £50.00 ( P&P extra)

 

Purple Beauty

This flower, called Purple Beauty, I painted using a new (for me) technique.

I used to paint mostly in watercolour, and I wanted to experiment with using acrylic like watercolour, so that there was a transparent quality about the picture, such as appears in watercolours. The experiment succeeded, and I very much enjoy having this paicture in my gallery at home.

It is painted in acrylic on a 20x20 box canvas. Price £60.00 (postage and packing extra)

 

Purple-headed Mountain

This picture is painted from my imagination, but represents the mystical quality of the mountains and rills prevalent in Scotland. The title is derived from the hymn "All Things Bright and Beautiful" - another facet to a typical day spent on the hillsides in our country.

It is painted in watercolour, is mounted and framed, measuring 59x65cm (approx) in its frame, and priced at £70.00 (P&P extra)

It will not easily be posted.

 

Schnauzer

Petra is my neighbour, and decided to be my friend on the first occasion that we met.

She has a lovely nature, wears a pink collar with 'diamonds' on it, and knows she is beautiful.

Her picture is created in watercolour and permanent pen and measures 52x43cm in its frame. Price £60.00 (P&P extra)

 

Shadows and Reflections in Kirkcudbright Harbour

I visit Kirkcudbright frequently, and, like most people gravitate to the dockside. This was a scene I witnessed on a particularly sunny day, where the lads were sitting chatting quietly on the sea wall, and the contrasts of all the shadows and reflections were very striking.

The picture is painted in acrylic on a box canvas, measures 60x40cm, price £60.00 (P&P extra)

The apparent 'frame' around the picture is painted on the canvas.

 

The Splendour of the Night

This is a painting which, although representational, is from my imagination. There are so many beautiful, moonlit nights in Dumfries and Galloway, that I felt they warranted being captured on canvas.

The picture was painted in acrylic on a box canvas, measuring 20x20cm.

It was sold from the studio here in Castle Douglas.

 

Spanish Simplicity

I have visited Spain many times since taking up painting again. I really appreciate the weather, which is kind enough to allow me to paint outside. I also love the white villages perched on the hillsides, and this picture, I think, typifies the wonderful simplicity of the white houses.

The painting is in watercolour, double-mounted and framed, measuring 39x55cm, and is priced at £60.00 (P&P extra)

 

Waiting and Watching

This picture is based on the wooden statue which stands in the harbour in Kirkcudbright. It is of a mother clinging to her child, looking out to sea where her husband is out fishing. Most fishing ports have a statue of somekind reflecting the poignancy and anguish suffered by the families of those who earn their living at sea.

Waiting and Watching is painted in black and white acrylic on a box canvas, 20x20cm and priced at £40.00 (P&Pextra)

 

What's That?

This young cat has seen something that she's unsure of. The back is arched, against the wall and is hissing and ready for action!

She is painted in acrylic, mounted and framed, measuring 47x36cm overall. Price £60.00 (P&P extra)

 

Wildlife on the Solway Coast

The Solway coast abounds with wildlife, the most obvious of which is the birdlife. The area is well-known for the Barnacle geese which visit on an annual basis, but in this painting I have featured the Oystercatcher. They rise up en masse to go to roost, and are a spectacular sight.

The painting is in acrylic on a box canvas measuring 40x30cm, and priced at £60.00 (P&P extra)

 

Woman at Work I

When I had this idea for a series of 'Woman at Work' pictures, I quickly realised that none of my female friends would be willing to pose for them. So, I asked a friend and neighbour if she would take the photographs (her pictures are so good, they get published in the newspapers) and I would pose in various outfits in my kitchen.

We had an hilarious time, with my running backwards and forwards to the bedroom to change, while Morag photographed. We laughed so much, it was a wonder that we achieved anything! A certain amount of artistic licence has been taken with my shape - no, my derriere is not that big!

The Woman at work series is painted in acrylic. Woman at Work I is double-mounted and framed, size 43x33cm, and Costs £60.00 (P&P extra)

 

Woman at Work II

When I had this idea for a series of 'Woman at Work' pictures, I quickly realised that none of my female friends would be willing to pose for them. So, I asked a friend and neighbour if she would take the photographs (her pictures are so good, they get published in the newspapers) and I would pose in various outfits in my kitchen. We had an hilarious time, with my running backwards and forwards to the bedroom to change, while Morag photographed. We laughed so much, it was a wonder that we achieved anything! A certain amount of artistic licence has been taken with my shape - no, my derriere is not that big!

The Woman at work series is painted in acrylic. Woman at Work II is mounted and framed, size 49x37cm, and Costs £60.00 (P&P extra)
 

 

Youthful Enthusiasm

This little kitten lived on a farm, and was always investigating. On this occasion, he managed to get on the top of a large wheel, from which it was not so easy to get down.

His predicament is painted in watercolour, and the picture is double mounted and framed. It measures 46x36cm and is priced at £40.00 (P&P extra)

 

Along the Mountain Track

This is a scene witnessed during a holiday in Switzerland. I walked along the track twice. On the first occasion, the day was bright and sunny, on the second, dull and overcast. I painted the view twice, once in colour to show the bright sunny day, and this second in black and white to reflect the dreichness of the day. The colour picture sold on its first outing, and I still have this one, which is my preference. As a diptych, I thought they perfectly illustrated the influence of the weather on the atmosphere of the view.

This scene is painted in acrylic on a box canvas 30x30cm, and is priced at £60.00 (P&P extra)