Thursday, 15 March 2012

Searching for the lights...

I'm quite hyper right now because we're off on our next mini-adventure on Saturday morning. We're packing up the car and getting the ferry to Scotland at silly o'clock to then drive for several hours to the very top of the country and staying in a cottage called Ocean View in a wee place called Thurso in Caithness. (I found a some great photos of the Northern Lights taken by a photographer actually in Caithness but didn't want to use any without permission so you can see them here.)

Ever since we went on a Northern Lights cruise round the coast of Norway a few years ago, we've dreamed of going somewhere like Alaska for another chance to see the amazing Aurora Borealis. Well, it turns out that they're the strongest they've been in 50 years and have already been seen in the skies over parts of England which is pretty amazing.  Where we're going couldn't be any further north, as far as the UK goes, and even the moon is in the right phase (waning so that it won't be as bright),so long as we get a few clear night skies, fingers crossed, the lights will put on a display for us!

In art news, I'm working on two pieces at the moment.  The first is a large version of the Rainy Days & Mondays mini canvas I did back here. I didn't want to completely replicate it so I changed the clouds a little and invented a few more rain drops. It's still very much a work in progress as there's a lot more I need to do on it. I'm not sure if I though it would be easier to do it big but it turns out it isn't!

Little and Large - just so you can see I really am working bigger this time!

The second work in progress is from the Windows to the Soul series and is taken from a beautiful photo that Carrie Layne Mashon put on Paint my Photo. This is acrylic on a large piece of wood S cut for me. It's also still got a long way to go.

Credit: Carrie Layne Mashon on Paint My Photo

Horse's eye - Work in Progress

Anyway, I just have to get through one last day at work for a week (yay!) . As always I'm linking to Paint Party Friday (now in it's 2nd year!) and I'll try and visit as many PPFers as I can but apologies if I don't get round everyone as I still haven't packed! By the way, thanks very much to everyone who left me such encouraging comments last week.  I haven't done anything more about the galleries/shop but I will as soon as I get some more pieces finished.

Oh, and if Ileana might be visiting-I can't get onto your blog anymore and I miss your stories! Please change your settings to allow me back in!

35 comments:

  1. what an exciting weekend you have planned, you made me laugh at the silly o'clock, I take it taht its really early right???, lol.
    Your large rain drop painting is beautiful, I love that painting.

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  2. I love your Rainy Days work, it looks so real :) Have a wonderful weekend, the place sounds lovely, lots of pics please! xxx

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  3. Love the rainy days! Have fun in Scotland, and hope you get to see the northern lights! Valerie

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  4. Oh I love the big rainy canvas! It's coming along beautifully. And the horse eye looks very intriguing!

    Your trip sounds wonderful! I hope you'll get to see the Northern Lights! I was thinking about going on a NL photo trip to Norway early next year, but I saw a documentary about the Northern Light tourism up there a few weeks ago, and I must admit, it put me very much off it. But I still hope to see them one day.

    Have a safe journey!

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  5. What a beautiful photo and what you made of it! Happy PPF!

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  6. Loving your new pieces. Happy PPF and have a great weekend, Annette x

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  7. You lucky thing! I have always wanted to see the Northen Lights! Good luck - I really hope you see them :0)
    I love your new rainy painting! It looks finished to me already! And The eye is going to be a lovely subject. I can't wait to see it finished :0)

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  8. wow ~ Have a wonderful time in Scotland ~ Love your Works in Progress ~ Enchante ~ thanks, namaste, Carol ~ Happy Weekend ^_^

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  9. I love your large rain picture!!! It is finished to me.
    Happy weekend.

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  10. You know how much I admire your art!!! I want to pack up and go on the trip with you LOL have fun.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  11. Have fun on your trip! I could see the northern lights all of the time where I grew up, and they always took my breath away. I miss seeing them now. Your raindrops are beautiful!

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  12. Have fun on your mini-adventure tomorrow.
    You should definitely get to Alaska sometime...one of my favorite places on the planet!
    Wow! Your rainy painting is especially impressive...looks more like rain than ever to me!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  13. That's great! the eye of the horse is imrpesionante. To my find it me more easy large-format, but every artist decides by road. Saludos

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  14. Sounds like a wonderful trip you will be on! Love the new painting of the rain soaked window, and the eye of the elephant is awesome. Have a great time!

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  15. wow! the first one looks so real!!!!!!!!!!
    great pieces - I like them both!
    happy ppf

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  16. That sounds like a fantastic trip. :) Have fun! And wonderful art as always.:)

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  17. How wonderful to see the Northern Lights- again! I love these 2! The rain one speaks loudest to me- love how you created such feeling in it!!

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  18. What a wonderful trip! Have fun! I hope you do get to see the Northern Lights. I didn't have any idea that you could see them over England!?

    Your work always amazes me--all of those tiny little dots! Your "Rainy Days and Mondays" mini canvas was one of my favorites; I'm so glad you're doing a larger canvas now too!

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  19. very cool paintings. Inside of a horse's eye, whoever thought of that! nice!
    and happy vacation. I'm jealous.

    Mimi Torchia Boothby Watercolors

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  20. Wowza. The beginnings of two marvelous paintings. The rain drops look real. I love the reflection! Hope you 'trip the light fantastic' on your holiday!

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  21. How exciting! Your enthusiasm is very contagious. :D
    Amazing rain painting. You feel your hand would get wet if you´d touch it.
    Great work on the horses eye. Cool setting.

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  22. have a wonderful time in Scotland! I love the eye paintings you do, especially the owl one. WOW. Beautiful.
    THanks for stopping by my blog, hope to see you tomorrow for my first Artist Play Room Challenge link up. It will be up in the morning and every saturday continuing.
    Best,
    Jenn of www.JustAddWaterSilly.com

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  23. Watching the Aurora in Northern Scotland? OH SO JEALOUS!!!! The Rainy Day painting is utterly fabulous, and I can't wait to see the finished version of the horse.

    Hope you have a fabulous time and see some fantastic lights.

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  24. Wonderful attitude and enthusiasm. What great inspiration for us all. :) Happy PPF

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  25. I am curious how you painted the rain...I was wondering how to do that today as it was pouring where I was drawing today here. So I just did grey blue windows...but like your streaks of rain. Enjoy your travels.
    HPPF

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  26. I'm loving the details of your artwork .... so wonderful and soothing to look at. Great Work!

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  27. Your new paintings look super interesting and promising!

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  28. this is wonderful! I love how a horses eye reflects so much!

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  29. They are both amazing! Look at those raindrops! They seem real. Have a great time watching Auroras!!

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  30. great start on your eye WIP!! your vacations sound wonderful! happy PPF!

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  31. I love both of these Nicola! Rainy days is every bit as awesome big - maybe more so! And your horse's eye is looking great so fa(And Ileana - I second that motion!)

    I saw the Northern Lights once on a late summer evening.Such a surprise!I should be looking North more often these day. Hope you see them.

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  32. Oh, I hope you get to see the Lights! It sounds like a wonderful trip and I look forward to hearing about it. Both of paintings are wonderful. Such amazing detail in that second one. :)

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  33. That first painting is AMAZING - and the second one is going to be - i can just tell. GREAT job!! Can't wait to see what you do with it. xoxo

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  34. so so late getting here this week, but boy am I glad I found the time... love the work you are doing and that first painting is just stunning... hope you have seen those Northern Lights... that is one thing I would love to do one day... xx

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