Sunday, 10 August 2014

Marwick Sunset and a London Catch up

'Marwick Sunset' - impasto landscape 6 x 4 inches
This is another in the miniature impasto landscapes that I've been doing on the upcycled canvasses.  This is a view from Marwick on Orkney - another of S's wonderful reference photos.

I finished this a few weeks ago so thought I'd post it now as I was away visiting my sister in London last week I didn't get much in the way of art done.  

I had a fantastic week in London.  My sister had booked tickets to see the Royal Academy of Art's 2014 exhibition which was very diverse and caused much gaping of jaws as we made our way round the various paintings, prints and sculptures. Definitely something there for all tastes, I'd say and some that I suspect the artist was having a laugh with the viewer and the art establishment testing the waters to see just how easily a fool and his money really are parted!

Me and my sister, Audrey.

In front of Big Ben

Covent Garden

The London Eye

We also went to see a play called Invincible which was a really good black comedy and the Book of Mormon in the West End - a musical written by the creators of South Park so not for the easily offended! Needless to say I absolutely loved it! 

At Southbank


Piccadilly Circus
With my lovely friend, Eva. 

It was really lovely to have a great week catching up with my sister and I also managed a very long overdue catch up with my old friend, Eva, who I hadn't seen since 2006!  We met for dinner and drinks and both our meals ended up going cold as we spent so much time blethering we forgot to eat!

The weather was fabulous the whole week and I still got my dose of daily dogs walks as my sister walks the very lovely Monty (a cockerpoo) through a clever website called Borrow My Doggy where folk who don't have time to look after a dog of their own can walk other folks' dogs. He's adorable and is also one of my next pet portrait commissions!

Monty the Cockerpoo

At St.James's Park
I left London at 12.30 on Saturday and reached Glasgow at 10.15pm where the lovely S met me and we drove on through the night to finally make it back to Craggis Cottage after 4am this morning - a bit of an epic journey but the coach from Glasgow to London return was only £21.50 (I couldn't get a taxi from my house to the nearest town 12 miles away for that!!) so I made sure my Kindle was well charged and just read and dozed all the way!

My own batteries have been fully recharged and I'm looking forward to getting my paints out again tomorrow full of inspiration from my week in the Big Smoke!

19 comments:

  1. Your mini-landscape is beautifully textured again! Looks like you had a great time down in London with your sister and friend. That are some lovely pictures .... Don't you find it hard living so far away from them?

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    1. although I must say that that coach is really cheap for such a long journey .....

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  2. You look like you had a fabulous time - it's amazing how energised a trip can be. And how cute is that cockerpoo? I can't wait to see your painting of him x

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  3. I love your mini impasto landscapes Nic. What fab pictures of all of you -am so glad you had great weather too! These pics take me back to my London trip many years ago-I loved that city. What a great website for the pets-I'm certainly going to need something like that when my girl leaves this earth.

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  4. Awww... That dog really is begging to be painted!!
    The landscape is gorgeous and this whole Scottish landscape series really is looking fabulous together when you look at them one after the other... you must soon have enough to take in to a Scottish Gallery...?
    Glad you had a fab time in the Smog. You and your Sister look very alike! :0)

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  5. Your sunset painting is gorgeous and full of light, very special! What a wonderful time you've had with your sister, thanks for sharing with us!

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  6. What a stunning painting, so atmospheric. I love small paintings.
    Thanks for the tour round London, I enjoyed it!

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  7. Love the painting and thank you for sharing your fab week in photos. Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  8. The texture created by the impasto in your beautiful landscape gives it the feel of pointillism. I enjoyed your photographic tour of London with your sister and her dog, I city I'd love to visit someday. Happy PPF and Blessings!

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  9. Hi Nic I love your impasto. Great textures and light effect. I went to the RA Summer Exhib too. Very inspiring for my art journaling side but not many watercolours. Though there never are there. Glad you enjoyed your holiday in London. Take care

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  10. Hi Nic so glad you are back all charged and ready to go. This is a lovely post. I am so glad you were able to spend time with your sister and friend. It is important to make those memories. Your art is impressive too.
    Have a great weekend
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  11. The impasto is great. Love the pics of you and London and sis. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  12. LOVE LOVE LOVE this post...of the gorgeous sisters and their amazing artistic outfits on an incredible fun journey together!! I so want to see the Book Mormon... Love your sisters dress and your funky pants...so fun!! You two are adorable as is your friend, and Monty....love his happy smile too!! And the texture on your artwork is simply delicious!! What a wonderful adventure you had...and thanks for sharing...I so enjoyed it!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  13. Such a lovely painting. Just beautiful.

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  14. Beautiful and inspiring painting. I am glad you enjoyed your trip to London!

    http://agagasiniak.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. Lovely art and you look Gorgeous!!! :)
    Deepa
    http://www.deepazworld.blogspot.in/

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  16. Your art always surprises and inspires me with your new techniques and ideas, and this piece is just beautiful! I'm happy to see you had a beautiful getaway and got to catch up with your sister and old friend. What a fun way to travel. Welcome back! :)

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  17. Love the mini painting and the pictures of you in London. Everything/one looks so beautiful :)

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