New collection: Edinburgh street scenes

I am in the midst of building a new collection of paintings. Mixing my love of my favourite City Edinburgh and naive / folk art.

Here are a few of my new paintings and I hope you enjoy the scenes I am building over the next year.

All originals are for sale from my website and cards/ prints will be available online or at my wee Grassmarket stall …

Favourite artist: Gary Bunt

My Christmas pressie to myself has finally arrived – a book of paintings and poems by Gary Bunt, UK naive artist.

I love Gary’s work. I love it because it’s just so simple but with some punch.

I bought this book ‘By the Grace of God’ because Bunt has some great and funny paintings and poems about Jesus and the Kingdom.

I recently discovered the world of ‘naive art’. I didn’t actually know it was a genre of art.

There’s a whole world of naive art out there – centuries old!

It’s redeemed me from striving and thinking I have to be some kind of ‘really good artist’ , making boring pairings that look lifelike to be successful.

‘Naive’ artists have no formal art training and paint in their own free style, any subject they choose -that’s me!

I feel a whole lot free’er to paint in my own style – which I always thought was a bit childlike – anyhow, now I don’t really care and I’ve found new joy in painting for fun.

The Crofters

I’m creating a little series about ‘the Crofters’ just for fun .

I love Scottish history and I’m currently learning about the Highland Clearances and the Crofters 🐓 .

The Scottish farming families were run out of their community farms to make way for big farms for Cow farming and pastoral farming – the leaders in the cities thought this would bring more profit into the city.

The Highland folk were unfortunately run out of their cottages and farms and forced to the coastal areas or even emigrated abroad.

The Crofters moved in and here is a little collection of paintings about life in the crofts.

I am going to eventually turn this into a little children’s book. 🐓

Heroes of the Faith: Jonah and the Whale

‘Jonah and the Whale’🐟.acrylic on canvas 40×60 cm

Every month I am going to paint a children’s piece for my ‘Heroes of the Faith’ collection. A series of Bible characters for kids.

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Here we have Jonah the prophet. God told Jonah to go preach at Nineveh because the people there were wicked. Jonah had other plans however.

He soon learned though that when God says “Go” you go.

Jonah was washed away in a terrible storm, but by the grace of God, was swallowed by a large whale and spent 3 nights in the whale’s belly until God answered his prayers. After 3 days he was spat out on the shores of Nineveh.

The District Nurse series

Happy new year!

I would like to start the year by introducing my new series of paintings.

I’ve decided to stick with my whimsicle style of painting as I just love painting cute little people.

Over the year I plan on creating different little characters with little stories.

It’s so much fun. Just to start off, here is Bunty, the District nurse.

We’re going to be seeing a lot more of her throughout the year.

Watch this space

Beryl the bear needs a home…

Beryl the Bear has been on many adventures this year from being the star of my stall at the Country Living Fair, to keeping me company in the cold down the Grassmarket

Now she would like to retire and live in a warm house full of joy

She’s looking for a baby nursery or children’s room to brighten up and can be adopted for sale here at my Etsy shop.

Please share Beryl’s story and hopefully we can find her a home for Christmas….

The day I discovered ACEO cards

Check out these teeny tiny mini paintings! Aren’t they so cute!

Today I’m halfway through a personal challenge to paint 50 ACEO paintings.

What is an ACEO? An ACEO is a little tiny work of art. ACEO stands for Art Card Originals and Editions. Collecting them is a craze that is sweeping the UK. I read somewhere however that artists have been trading art cards for a very long time. Just for fun and inspiration. Perhaps before the days of Instagram, that’s how they got their ‘likes’ and shared ideas.

There is a huge variety of artwork available in this format. Store them in a book or display them in teeny frames or shelves. They’re going in my eBay shop tonight..Become a mini art collector today…

They are so much fun to make! 🎨

They are also very portable! This helps greatly with transporting to markets and fairs and posting abroad …

Watch this space. I think ACEO creating is about to become a new hobby of mine.

Holyrood Hill

 

Hamish lived on Holyrood hill Hamish lived on Holyrood hill
He was a wee Highland coo
He had colourful hair and a cheeky smile
He was very much like you
Hamish was a special coo
His mammy told him so
He dreamed one day that he would FLY!
Oh the places he could go!

Im happy to present the first pages of my children’s book ‘The Wee Coo Who Flew’

This story is based in Edinburgh and is a motivational book aimed at 3-8 year olds. It’s about a wee Highland coo who had big dreams. He got past the haters and they watched him as his dream came true.

im currently locked in my art room making the artwork and today, Holyrood Hill Friends was born !

Im feeling a bit like Miss Potter .

I will be posting updates on this book journey and the friends I meet along the way. X