Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Nature's Neon Lights...A Scottish Landscape

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'Nature's Neon Lights' - acrylic on canvas (7.5cm x 7.5cm)

Well, it's been a busy week here at Craggis Cottage. I'm delighted to report that 'Far Out', the painting in my last post sold via my Facebook page the same day I posted it. I'm very grateful that that's the second time that's happened recently and I've also sold 20 greetings cards after they were spotted on Facebook so I guess I have to admit it isn't all bad as far as social media goes! 

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Most of the landscapes I've done so far have been small - mostly 5x5 inches - the same box canvasses I use for my pet portraits. I do like that size and prefer the thick box canvas to the thinner ones as I think they look better when hung without being framed.  I've got a stack of thinner stretched canvasses though, which I need to use so I've been working on one of those this week. I thought it was finished but, looking at photos of it now, I see a couple of areas I want to change a little so I won't be posting it today after all. Isn't it funny how you can spot things in a photo of a painting that you didn't notice when looking at the painting itself? I know I've mentioned that before but I find it a really helpful way to see what I need to change and I was pleased to notice another artist on the Portrait Artist of the Year TV show doing exactly the same thing when she was painting a portrait live on the show last week!

Anyway, as I couldn't very well write an art blog post without any art, and, as it's now the time of year when S disappears off at night to deserted beaches with his camera equipment as soon as his aurora app beeps to alert him to a possible northern light show, here's another teeny tiny landscape inspired one of the great photos he took earlier this year.

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I'll be linking up with Paint Party Friday to catch up with what everyone else has been up to this week. 

7 comments:

  1. We only just got last years portrait artist show... It was fascinating to watch though and I am hoping we get this years soon... We used to get an American art show called the next great artists or something like that and it was awesome too... Love the little canvas... It is quite an art form to get so much detail into a small space like that... I would be closeted for a week if I attempted that lol... Fabulous colours

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  2. Yet another lovely canvas, Nic! Well done on selling your art on Facebook too. I also prefer the thick box canvasses to the thin ones.

    Happy painting! :)

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  3. Bonjour,

    Mes sincères félicitations...
    Gros bisous ☼

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  4. I am always amazed that you can create such atmosphere and energy on such a small scale. I love the vibrant colours. I also like to photo my work and often fiddle around with photo edits to see if areas would loom better darkened or lightened. It is similar to viewing your work through a mirror. It lets you view through fresh eyes. Useful if you know something is wrong but can't quite identify what!

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  5. Congrats on all your sales Nic- so happy for you! Your Nature's Neon Lights canvas is awesome!!

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  6. Your tiny, tiny landscapes are beautiful. Full of color and excitement. Congrats on your sale. I didn't realise you could sell from a "regular" Facebook page.

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  7. congratulations on your sales! I love this painting and wish I could see the northern lights in person one day. At least I get to see your version of it.

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Your comments always colour me happy! Thank you for popping by.

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