July 26, 2018

Sunsets, silhouettes and a painting

I always feel a rush of excitement when someone loves my work enough to commission a painting. It's a joy to work with customers trying to interpret their ideas and come up with a design that they will like.
The painting above was for a wedding gift and needed to have thistles and shamrocks in it, combining the bride and groom's Scottish and Irish heritage. I can't share the whole image yet as the gift hasn't been given! The sun I finished in 23.5 carat gold leaf so that it glimmers when the light catches it.
I always have my camera to hand for I love taking photo's and many of my paintings are inspired by the photo's I take near my home here in beautiful Dumfries and Galloway. You might have guessed that I love the gloaming, sunsets and silhouettes, quiet times and magical moments.
I love to take a moment to sit quietly in the garden at this time of night to listen to the world softly settling down to sleep. it feels like I have stepped into another time, another place. Just the sort of place for me to conjure mystical images to work into my paintings.
This last photo was the view I caught on my way back from home one evening, driving along the coast road, it was so dramatic I just had to stop and try to capture the light!

This is one of the things I love about living here in South West Scotland, the light and the sunsets, and every day when I drive along this road I feel so blessed to live here

I wonder, what do you love about where you live?


  1. I love the warm colours in this painting - exciting! Fabulous skies, it's amazing how the light quality differs from one area to another even in this small country.

    Happy Thursday!

    1. Thank you Ruby x , me too, I find it intriguing that when I travel down South it's different again.

  2. Wow, they are going to be so happy with their wedding gift. Even if we can't see the whole project completed yet, we can see the love and passion you put into it. It's always great to have a camera on you to capture such beautiful photos as you did. Thanks for sharing you project and lovely photos with us. Have a wonderful day.
    World of Animals

    1. Thank you for your lovely words, I do love working on these pieces. x Have a lovely week x

  3. The happy couple are going to have such a beautiful treat! It's lovely that you're inspirred by where you live. I'm very near the sea so I often see it seeping into my artwork. ;) xx

  4. The painting is going to be beautiful! I want to see it finished!
    Beautiful scenery in Scotland. My poor dad had to pull off the road constantly as my mom and I shouted over and over to "stop the car!" Hope you are well Ruthie!

  5. Ooooh! I’m loving your painting!! How fabulous the ride and groom will be ecstatically happy!
    Ohhhh your photos are so gorgeous :)) that last one actually looks like one of your paintings too, wow!
    So so glad you are happy in that lovely home of yours,sending hugs and love.


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