Good grief! Not only is Sharon finished her Christmas shopping, but it's all wrapped! That's way more efficient than I am, and she doesn't let me forget it! Anyway, with the Christmas spirit in mind (forgive me I know its only Octiober!) it got me thinking that what I'd really like to do is to make some of my stuff more available. Many of my paintings are on sale through galleries. However, those that are not currently in galleries I can sell at a reduced rate. So, for now until Christmas, I've reduced many of my prices. See what you think, and let me know if you'd like to take advantage of this offer! Cheers, Rob.
OK, so first off, you'll notice I've added a couple of new paintings to the galleries - this is one of them: 'Sunset over Findhorn Beach.' I've had a bit of a sunset theme lately and I've enjoyed using the bright colours! Regular visitors to my site will also realise that I've done a lot of paintings of Findhorn recently - of the village itself, the beach and of course the beautiful bay. Because of this, the 'By the Seaside' Gallery was becoming rather huge, with the list of paintings scrolling off the page! So I've now included a brand-new gallery called, not surprisingly, 'The Findhorn Collection.' I hope you find it all a bit easier to navigate! You may also notice a few bits of housekeeping to keep it all looking neat and harmonised.
Now a bit of a plea. I'd really welcome your comments on the blog. Your thoughts on the site, my paintings and my layout would all be gratefully received - feedback is always good! In addition, if you have any ideas or wishes about what you'd like to see included on the site I'd love to hear them. Perhaps a 'how I produce my pictures' or something along those lines? It's up to you - please let me know! Thanks for your visits to my site, numbers are really growing, and that's great! Best regards, Rob.
It's been a while since I last added to this blog, and I'm afraid that's because I've been a bit busy! Thankfully, I've now got a bit more time so I thought I'd let you know how things were going. I've sold a couple of works in the last week and I've exhibited a few more - don't know how they will get on as they're in a new environment for me, the Findhorn Foundation Art Centre. I'll see how they get on! Just now I find myself with only one commission in the pipeline, and that means more time to work on the projects I've been wanting to have a go at for a while. This painting, 'Long Cast', is a study of one of the Findhorn River's quieter moments. It's a magical place where I really wanted to capture the contrast between the rich, dark colours of the water and the bright rocks! I've had this sketch and photos sat on my desk for weeks - it's great to get it done. The sharper eyed amongst you may notice a simplification of the style too, especially the background trees, which I'm pleased with. They aren't the subject matter, and I didn't want them in focus, so they aren't. On the other hand, they still provide a band of colour and backdrop which the eye is prepared to accept as real. I think the balance was OK.
Here's another I'm pleased with. Roseisle Forest is somewhere my family have enjoyed since my daughters were toddlers, and I've always been fascinated with the play of light on and between the trees. I guess the reason that there's a couple close together and their dog in attendance is very personal, but that's OK - it reflects my own resonance with this place. I love this painting. When I planned it, the framing effect of the uprights and the strong horizontal shadows were always planned to frame the centre of interest. What I've really enjoyed from seeing the finished work is the rhythm set up between those verticals and horizontals. They echo each other in the foreground but separate in the background, where the trees become more of a backdrop and the shadows become closer together but fainter to give a sense of distance and reinforce the illusion of depth. It's great to be painting again, and I hope to be adding more in the days ahead. Take care! Rob.
Well, the hectic pace continues! Another 2 sales and another commission received means that I'm still hard at it! Also, 3 of my paintings are just about to go on exhibition at the Moray Art Centre at Findhorn, as part of the Moray Art Club's 'Making Connections' exhibition. This runs from 12 - 27 October and showcases member artists' work. I was down there this morning handing my work in and it looks like it will be very well represented, so come on down and have a look if you're lucky enough to be in the area. I'll be supervising there in the morning of Sunday 13 October and Saturday 19 October, both of them from 10 am until 1 pm so if you're around, I'd love to see you! Please note that the 3 paintings can't be for sale via the internet at the same time as being for sale in the gallery, so they are temporarily withdrawn from the site. All my paintings look better in the flesh anyway so come and have a look. I just had 'Findhorn Reflections' mounted in a bright cream frame today and it looks absolutely stunning! One of the problems with online sites is that it's really hard to show the paintings at their best. I think I manage with most but for some reason 'Findhorn Reflections' doesn't come over as well as it should on the site. It's absolutely gorgeous (in my opinion, of course!) in real like - I love it!
Things are getting busy. In the last few days I've either sold or permanently exhibited 14 pieces! That's great, but I've got another exhibition coming up in 7 days and the works I had planned for that are now gone!! I've got some painting to do!
My wife, Sharon, has a whole week off at the moment so we're having a great time, travelling around the local area sketching new material. I sketch, she sews! We both chat...! It's a great way to spend the day, and I'm loving it.
But now back to work to make sure I can fill the exhibition places I've signed up to!
All the best, Rob.
A professional artist living and working in the beautiful north of Scotland. My work is realistic and quite traditional, though strongly interpretational in nature. My inspiration is the beauty of Nature, and the wonderful colours and moods she shows everywhere.