Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Reflections of the West - Scottish Landscape

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'Reflections of the West' - impasto landscape 6 x 4 inches

So, the Society of Caithness Artists annual exhibition had its preview last night and Angela and I were running round sticking red dots on all the pieces that sold. Unfortunately the only red dots I got were of the itchy scratchy variety following a midge feeding frenzy about my person from sitting in the garden a couple of days earlier!

Me beside my 2 gouache animal pieces

This is my second year to exhibit in this show and it’s the biggest art show for our local area now in its 79th year. Unfortunately I’ve been told that it does tend to be a bit of a ‘closed shop’ with the same well-known local artists selling out year after year and new folk, like me, struggling to get noticed, so to speak. Still, hope springs eternal and it’s open for 2 weeks so never say never (at least not for another 2 weeks) so I’ll keep sending positive thoughts to the Universe for a sale or two!

I submitted two large acrylic pieces – the landscape and the Highland Cow and also two gouache pieces – the seal and the close up of the horse’s eye.

My two acrylic pieces


Angela and her fabulous pastel lambs

I’ve been working on more miniature landscapes of the beautiful far north using the up-cycled canvasses that used to have Twisty Town paintings on them.

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This one is entitled ‘Reflections of the West’ and again I used a beautiful photograph, that S took, for my reference. These miniature landscapes are all available for sale on my website.

26 comments:

  1. How exciting for you. I’ll keep sending positive thoughts to the Universe for you too ;D
    Your work is brilliant so I'm sure you'll have a sale

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  2. I've always wanted to put mine in a show but chicken out at the last minute, I admire you for doing it and I'm sure you will do well.
    Merle.......................

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  3. My fingers are crossed for that well deserved sale! I love that landscape with the red mountains in the background... one of my favourites! PS... you look about 16 in that photo. Not fair!!! ;0)

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  4. Love that new piece! it almost looks like rust; the colour is gorgeous. Keeping my thumbs up that you'll sell every single piece at the artshow. Sounds very familiar: well-known artists selling out and new artists struggling to get a foot in.... Disheartening sometimes. I often wonder which paintings would sell if there were no names attached to it ....

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  5. I can only be encouraging for you to hang in there. It is hard, especially when you have to wait a year until the show comes around. It is the same way, here, where I show. I really like the paintings you submitted. You are bound to be noticed, at some point. I used to tell myself I had nothing to lose since, by not submitting I would not be seen at all. After six years, my work began to be noticed and, slowly, very slowly, things are taking shape and paying off. You will succeed!

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  6. Indeed, never say never, hope you success and more inspiration to come!

    That Highland Cow is so majestic! And I love the bottom landscape!

    Lots of red dots!!!

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  7. These are lovely, I wish you lots of luck for a sale. I particularly like your highland cow. He looks so majestic he is bound to attract attention. Happy PPF! #27

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  8. Congrats on the show and I'm keeping fingers crossed for you. :)

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  9. i love those miniature landscapes! good luck, i'll send some positive thoughts to the universe for you...

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  10. good luck!! your work is so great! i think you are brave to put your work out there.

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  11. Congratulations on exhibiting 2 of your beautiful pieces! I know how discouraging it can be not to sell, but you are getting your name out there. Happy PPF and Blessings!
    http://arnoldolromero.blogspot.com/2014/07/three-years-blogging-and-counting.html

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  12. You look fabulous with your art Nic. Keep putting the good thoughts out there and I will for you too. I admire you for putting yourself and your art out there and I know you will become VERY noticed and make lots of sales.

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  13. Hi Nic. I hope you sell, sell, sell. I'm sure everyone who saw your work will remember the effect it had on them and if they didn't buy this time, they will the next. Congrats on the show, excellent work. As always.:)

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  14. That cow is awesome! Congratulations on the show. It's a big deal to put yourself out there. I did it and it's mentally exhausting...plus the physical work you put into it. I've had shows that sell nothing more than shows that sell. I just got my first rejection letter from a publishing company. It's essential to remember the best artists were rejected. They just keep trying anyway! :)

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  16. Oh Nic wishing you lucky selling those gorgeous pieces! Just takes the right person!! You look adorable next to your art!! Love the texture on the up-cycled canvas...beautiful!

    Hugs Giggles

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  17. Love your art and I am sure there will be that "right" person. Keep at it and Happy PPF!

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  18. I will send all my positive thoughts out there to make them open their hearts and their wallets for your beautiful work!

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  19. I like all your work (your animals are always wonderful) but I have to say your small landscapes are really fabulous. It is like that in my small town too - the same artists seem to sell and win all the awards year after year. Just hang in there - you do beautiful work.

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  20. Stay positive! Beautiful paintings and one of these days they'll start selling like mad. :)

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  21. I think your artwork is amazing and I'd recommend you keep on showing it wherever you have the chance! Hopefully some day people will recognize the strength and beauty of your style, which is expressive! Good luck on this year's show!
    The landscape is beautiful and the texture is amazing!
    Happy PPF
    Ilona

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  22. Congratulations! What wonderful artwork!

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  23. I am also sending you (sales) energy. Your art is to wonderful. I am happy that you are able to show in this venue. You look beautiful along side your art.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  24. Your works are beautiful, inspiring and unique. I am big admirer of your art. So please do not give up and stay positive :) I know from my experience how hard sometimes to get through with art. Good luck at the exhibition. Your works look gorgeous!!!!
    http://agagasiniak.blogspot.co.uk/

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  25. Well don't you look beautiful standing next to your art. Which is as gorgeous as you! Those people don't know what the deal is! Keep entering your art in the shows. People need to see it and eventually buy it.

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