Sunday, 8 March 2015

A little more than green. (A mini Scottish Landscape)

Baillie Wind Farm+Sunrise+Scotland+Contemporary+Landscape+Colourist+Nicola McLean
'A little more than green' - mini landscape (7.5x7.5cm)
impasto acrylic on canvas

A few weeks ago, I was driving into town one morning and there was the most glorious sunrise coming up behind the wind turbines at Baillie Wind Farm. 

It used to be that if I was driving, I'd think about how lovely whatever the view happened to be was and what a great subject for a painting and then just keep driving, kicking myself later for not stopping to take a quick photo. Now though, I'm trying to make a point of seizing the moment so this time, instead of just driving on by, I pulled the car into a handy lay-by and took an Instagram photo.

This is it:

Instagram photo of sunrise at Baillie Wind Farm
It was my intention to paint this scene on a large canvas (50cm x 40cm) and I've made a start on it already but as I was painting it, I decided to use up any extra paint by doing a mini version at the same time. This was the result - the larger one still has a long way to go but this wee painting by virtue of its tiny size was finished over the course of one day (with blow drying sessions between each layer to speed up the drying process!) 

Scottish Contemporary Colourist+Impressionistic+vibrant+Baillie Wind Farm+Artist Nicola McLean
'A little more than green' - impasto acrylic on mini landscape with easel 

Rather than take the same photos as always I had a little fun this time and roped the westies into posing for me (Skye the springer was in Glasgow with S so not around to participate!)

Reuben reluctantly kindly helping to show the edges of the painting!

I know a lot of folk detest wind farms seeing them as spoiling the landscape but I actually love them. I don't think they're horrible to look at (electricity pylons and telegraph poles are a necessary evil that no one seems to mind dotted all over the countryside and they don't even look as nice) and I think for the sake of the planet that wind farms and tidal energy is the way forward - why not make use of something that nature provides to us for free that is sustainable and won't cause so much damage to this beautiful world we inhabit? 

The painting and Brodie who just happened to be sitting there anyway
(guarding one tiny piece of kibble from her bowl!) 

Anyway, *stepping back down from my eco-soap box* before I started painting the large version I knew I wanted to call it 'More than green' in a nod to the green nature of harnessing the wind to generate power and to the multitude of colours in the sunrise but once I had painted the miniature version, I had a better idea - if I called this mini one 'A little more than green' then I could call the large version 'A lot more than green'!! Please do pop back next week(ish) when I'll have hopefully finished the large version.

sunrise+Scottish Wind Farm+vibrant colour+mini painting+Nic's eARTh


In the meantime this one is available to purchase from my Etsy shop.

** Update - I forgot to mention that I'd be linking to Paint Party Friday as always and (shame on me) I forgot that this is the 4th birthday of this great online paint blog where I've met some great people from all over the world who've become very good friends. Thank you to Kristin and Eva for creating PPF and continuing to host it every week. 

28 comments:

  1. How you are able to work on such a small canvas and capture the mood of the moment with such beautiful colors is mind blowing. I love the mini version and I'll pop back in later to see what the larger one looks like. Love your assistant, Reuben, who reminds me of my Riley...same attitude. :)

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  2. Lovely painting.
    And wow. Just wow.
    How you fit such an expansive scene on a wee canvas simply dazzles me!

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  3. so glad you stopped to take a quick photo!! this little painting is beautiful ... can't wait to see the larger version!

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  4. I love it Nic! And like you, I really like wind farms too... they are so tranquil and beautiful - As is the painting. Those colours are gorgeous! And such gorgeous photo's!! :0)

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  5. Great painting and the photo was really stunning... But of course I am very taken with Brodie guarding the piece of kibble and Reuben the super model... Well maybe not loving the fur models more than the painting... But they are adorable...xx

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  6. GREAT little painting and so nice presented by your cute doggie!
    Happy PPF!

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  7. Lovely little painting. Sunrise and sunset are things I always have to take photos of! Valerie

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  8. Always love your little paintings and fun to see it with Brodie. Great sky and mini wind farm.
    I agree with you about wind farms, they can look beautiful (although maybe not too many) and pylons are often hugely intrusive and ugly. Funny that no-one ever mentions that.

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  9. I find wind turbines rather mesmerising...infact I wish they were not so near roads as I feel my eyes wandering towards them when driving. Love the pinky tones.

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  10. Beautiful little mini painting. Love the clever way you had the dog show off your work. Have a great weekend.

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  11. Beautiful! It seems strange to see those colours in the sky, and we would find it hard to believe just in a painting, but there is the amazing photo to prove it :)

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  12. I keep wanting to do a mini canvas but I wonder if I will feel terribly constrained! Yours is so cute. I think Rueben did not like being upstaged by the painting for even a minute. It is a really lovely painting. You seem to see so much in such a simple photo. Landscape seems to be your thing. Yes I am with you all the way ...wind farms and tidal energy is the way forward! Happy PPF

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  13. So lovely, I love your mini piece, so cute and beautiful colours!

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  14. Love your model. Your landscapes are beautiful and keep getting better. I love wind turbines. We have many near the Altamount Pass which is a commuter freeway. The sound is mesmerizing.

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  15. Awe Reuben and Brodie are adorable models...a kibble bribe should work everytime... Adorable painting! I love the process of naming them too!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  16. Love your special models Nic. Gorgeous mini art too. I love wind farms and would much prefer to see them to the poles and miles of lines. Happy PPF!

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  17. That is a lovely landscape and has a wonderful abstract quality to it! Love the doggies posing with the painting.

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  18. I love the way you have handled the color in the sky! Your painting is so much better than the photo!

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  19. I loved that you paused to capture the moment on camera... andnow we can enjoy it too! Beautiful. And cute pups too!!

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  20. The artwork is beautiful and I do have to say with the added Westies it makes it even more delightful. And poor Brodie and that one little kibble - I'm looking forward to "A lot more than green". You do need to add a selfie next week - just because we all want to see beautiful you :) M.x

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  21. you captured the mood well, adding more umph

    much love...

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  22. Sweet… both your miniature painting and Westies. I love the colors in the landscape, so I'm sure the actual large piece you're working on will be breathtaking. Blessings!

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  23. Hooray for us that you stopped to snap that photo, and I agree, it makes for a beautiful landscape. Terrific use of texture in your mini painting. And those Westies! Oh my goodness! So cute. Extra points for the Westies. :D

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  24. Oh that must have been a great discovery, to see the sky as this.
    And a lovely painting with happy warm beautiful colors!
    I like your dog also! :)

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  25. I don't mind those wind mills either. And you did a great job with these. Loved seeing the puppies posing with the painting.

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  26. I don't mind those wind mills either. And you did a great job with these. Loved seeing the puppies posing with the painting.

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