Wednesday, 3 June 2015

The Eildons and a green award!


The Eildons - impasto acrylic on canvas 30cm x 24cm 

According to Wikipedia, Eildon Hill lies just south of Melrose in the Scottish Borders although it is usually referred to as 'The Eildons' because of its three peaks. I must confess to never having heard of the Eildons until recently when I received my first ever landscape commission.


impasto painting+close up texture+wrapped canvas+Nicola McLean



The brief was wonderfully unrestricted. I was advised of the predominant colour scheme of the décor of the room in which it would be hung, but other than that I was given free rein to have at it and paint my own interpretation of the reference photo I was provided with. 


Close up of the Eildons

Doing this was so very different from painting a custom pet portrait because obviously then the onus is on ensuring that you capture the personality and looks of the animal whereas with a landscape it's so open to interpretation and ten different artists could be given the same photograph and come up with ten totally different paintings. Then of course it all comes down to personal taste - the lady who commissioned it had already purchased one of my tiny easel paintings and was familiar with my style and I'm delighted that she loved the final piece because I really had so much fun painting it.

Another close up!


In other news, I won the artist category of the Scottish Renewables Green Energy Awards 2015 with my Wind Farm painting!! All the other category winners were at the event in Glasgow on Thursday 28 May and were presented with their awards at the time but as it's a 6 & 1/2 hour drive to Glasgow from here I wasn't able to make it so I only found out I'd won when I saw a tweet from Scottish Renewables the following morning! 



The tweet (favourited by me and my brother-in-law!!)


S has said he will collect my award for me when he is next in Glasgow as apparently it's very heavy and therefore tricky to post! Anyway, lack of physical award notwithstanding, I'm chuffed to have won!

The Eildons

Thanks for popping by and be sure to also pop by Paint Party Friday later in the week to see what everyone else has been up to. 

30 comments:

  1. Hugest congratulations... That is a huge honour and totally deserved... Wow that has made my whole day... Really excited for you...xx

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  2. Congrats on your win and your commissioned painting. Wonderful work, Valerie

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  3. Brilliant news Nic, but then we all know you're a winner with your stunning art work. So excited for you, but not only for the award but also for the commission too. xoxo

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  4. Woo hoo, go Nicola. So incredibly pleased for you!

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  5. Congrats on the prize! Well deserved. It is a wonderful painting.

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  6. congratualtions!!!!!! well done!!
    and this landscape is stunning!!! I love your style,,,

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  7. Bonsoir,

    Toutes mes félicitations... Une peinture aux couleurs magnifiques...

    Gros bisous ♡

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  8. Hey Nic, award winner... woo hoo ... well done. Moving to Scotland really seemed to have worked on all levels!!

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  9. Oh how wonderful! Congratulations!!! And I love the Eildons as well:-)

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  10. Congratulations. You deserve it, too. Your paintings are always lively and full of personality, even the landscapes have a life of their own.

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  11. Congratulations!!! A wonderful award. I did really like that windfarm painting. It was so striking. Ever since you went on that summer workshop last year your work has blossomed. You are a well deserved winner. The new painting is a view I should know ay daughter lives near kelso. But I can't remember it. I will forward it to her. Its a beautiful painting. I love your landscapes they really sing loudly!!!

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  12. many congrats Nic-but I am not at all surprised by your success-your art is not just unique but the details are simply amazing-in both your landscapes and animal portraits!

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  13. Congratulations! How wonderful and well deserved. That looks like a beautiful landscape, mountains always make me happy. The colours are gorgeous.

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  14. Your painting, which was always good, is even better. Are you making a living from it? And BIG congratulations on the award.

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  15. Oh wow.. that's amazing! Congrats Nic! Well deserved .. your artwork never ceases to amaze me!

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  16. Told you you'd win on my birthday!! Congratulations! My friend Janet had a big art show that day too!! So excited for you!! Make sure to put those accolades on your blog sidebar!! Good job!! This is a beautiful texture and amazing colours...glad she loves it!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  17. Oh, congratulations, Nic! You deserve lots of awards for your beautiful work. Now I'm wondering if this is a big trophy (you said it was heavy) that will have a special place in your home. I love the commissioned mountain painting. Such gorgeous colors and textures.

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  18. Congratulations Nic, it's so deserved. I'm not surprised though. Your mountain painting is fabulous. So much texture and fab colors!! You is going places.:))

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  19. congrats and loving the colours this week. happy PPF

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  20. Congratulations!!! very well deserved!

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  21. Oh congratulations, how exciting for you! Your work is explosive, wow!

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  22. Congrats on your win, how exciting. Your painting is a beautiful explotion of colors, and I'm sure it will be perfect for your customer.

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  23. Congrats on your win. Love the mountain painting.

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  24. that really does look like it would have been fun to do, and it turned out so GREAT!

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  25. Congrats on your win! And gorgeous painting once again this week! Love all those beautiful little color pieces that give the landscape such a not so ordinary look.

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  26. C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!! I'm chuffed that you won the award too! And I really like your landscape. My sister told me she wants to try painting with a palette knife and I told her to check out your blog and some of your videos. I'm sure you will have a new fan in no time.

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  27. C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!! I'm chuffed that you won the award too! And I really like your landscape. My sister told me she wants to try painting with a palette knife and I told her to check out your blog and some of your videos. I'm sure you will have a new fan in no time.

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  28. That is such a beautiful painting, wow! I would love to walk around there ... And a big congrats to you for receiving the award!! That must feel so good, and you deserve it!

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  29. Well you did it again! Things are so good for you right now and it couldn't happen to a nicer gal! I'm proud of you! FANTASTIC news and a FANTASTIC painting!! :0)

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  30. Congrats, that is most fabulous. I love this painting, I know it is the paint that you've used. Isn't this area also known as the Three Sisters? I've only recently heard about this area myself. Blessings, Janet PPF

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