Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Close to home. A mini Scottish Landscape

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'Close to home' - impasto on canvas 5 x 5 cm (2 x 2 inches)


About a month ago, I painted Passing Time and I mentioned that I was going to get some little box frames for these tiniest of landscape paintings. Well, they arrived and I love how cute the little canvasses look in them. 

Someone else obviously liked them in the little box frames too as I'm delighted to report this painting, Passing Time and one other that I haven't blogged about yet all sold via my Artfinder shop last week! 

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The little box frame is 12.5 x 12.5 cm (5 x 5 inches)


I was painting this miniature landscape inspired by a photo that S had taken outside the back of our cottage looking across the farm fields to the hills towards the west and thinking how lucky we are to live somewhere so beautiful where inspiration for the next painting is never too far away, practically on our doorstep, as it happens. 


This was the beautiful photo S took:



Credit: S

As I was thinking this, the phrase 'home is where the art is' popped into my head. I mulled it over in my mind, as I tend to do, and I thought about how much my environment inspires my art.


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In the case of this painting, I literally had to only look out the window to be inspired to paint. Which made me wonder, what inspires you to paint what you paint? Do you seek inspiration out or does it find you? Personally, I think it finds us - everywhere you look you'll see something that compels you to put brush (or palette knife) to canvas.





Whether it's animals or dramatic skies for me, the twinkling reflections and clever, atmospheric compositions of glass and light of my friend Sandra or the everyday objects given a bright, funky lease of life by Tracey it seems that we don't have to look too far to be inspired. It mightn't even be a physical object or view, it might be a feeling that compels you to create or intuition in the case of the beautiful, colourful paintings that Denise creates. In any case 'home is where the art is' is true of us all. 



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I guess, without wanting to get all pretentious and arty farty, at the end of the day, we all just paint what makes us happy. Sunrises, sunsets, northern lights and all sorts of animals make me happy and as long as they all continue to exist then inspiration will never be too far away!


In other new, I was doing my Reiki Master Practitioner training last weekend (which was amazing) and when I got home on the Saturday night the very lovely S surprised me with news of a trip to Iceland for our anniversary in November - telling me now so I have longer to be excited about it! He had put together a very clever DVD (which blogger won't let me share with you) telling me all about it and including all the sights we'll see and things we can do which includes whale watching - I can't wait!



As always, I be popping in to Paint Party Friday so I can catch up with every one else's creative weeks. 


15 comments:

  1. The are too cute (and absolutely gorgeous!) for words! Congrats on the selling them so quickly too!! Kirstin x

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  2. We must be on the same wavelength! I bought some of those exact frames in hobbycraft two weeks ago while on my travels. I bought several sizes to use for wild sewing. Your mini landscapes look lovely inside them! I create things because I do....I wouldn't be me otherwise :)

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  3. Your mini landscape is SO lovely and the post has given me the ideal to frame the one I have of yours in just the same way! Perfect! It will be hanging in on our gallery wall in the hallway and a nice frame should really give it the dressing it deserves! We are just waiting for the wallpaper to arrive so we can hang that first. I can't wait to hang all of my little bits and bobs! You are right, I really am inspired by light! Capturing it is the tricky part! I am quite sure if I lived where you do I would be compelled to paint a landscape though. Ooh... Iceland?? Wow - that is so exciting! So you will see the Northern lights even more brightly no doubt than you already do? You are so lucky! :0)

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  4. Congratulations on the sales and they look so perfect in those small frames... They really do look like they belong together. As for the photo... Wow those colours are amazing, and I can't wait to see what sort of inspiration you bring home with you from Iceland... I have wanted to go there since I was young and a friend of mine went not that long ago and said it was the most visually stunning place she has ever been... Made for artists, so I think you are going to be itching to paint by the time you get home... As for inspiration... My friends... Like you and Sandr and Denise... So many blessings right!

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  5. Love your painting, and the wonderful photo. Valerie

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  6. Cutest miniatures ever !! Love the textures and the colours too :)

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  7. Wow they really are TINY. I went and checked out your shop too. Great work full of movement.

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  8. Every week I look forward to your little pieces. I love how up close they just look like color but then when you step back every color become part of the image. You must paint the base colors first and then add in the bold stripes that give your pieces such detail. Beautiful once again.

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  9. these are such sweet paintings and I am continually amazed at all the colors and details you put on such small substrates Nic! Gorgeous photo-and what a lovely surprise to have S plan such a wonderful anniversary trip too.

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  10. Such a precious piece in that frame....and amazing that you can paint such stunning work so small! I am inspired by colour and shapes in the paint....I rarely paint what's in my midst since I can photograph that! I'm inspired by whimsy, the odd, different, unique in the world...I love the diversity in our little group of like minded artists!! Congratulations on the sale!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  11. The photograph is breath-taking and your painted rendition is also. I love the way it got framed and congratulate you on the sale.

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  12. Love your spectacular painting based on S's amazing photo. I can't believe you just look out your window and get to see that. Thanks for the links to Sandra, Tracey and Denise.

    Good for you for going to Iceland. I went, but in the summer. I am not brave enough to go in November. That S is a keeper.

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  13. Love your spectacular painting based on S's amazing photo. I can't believe you just look out your window and get to see that. Thanks for the links to Sandra, Tracey and Denise.

    Good for you for going to Iceland. I went, but in the summer. I am not brave enough to go in November. That S is a keeper.

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  14. Brought up in "Tha Dirty Burg" otherwise known as St. Petersburg, Florida Nic has had an energy for composing since he composed his way into the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Presently he's set for pay off his incredible understudy advances by composing out of them. Make certain to look at all of his articles and send him a message in the event that you'd get a kick out of the chance to ask for a particular article point. Close to home in a way

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