Friday, 17 July 2015

Memory of a sunset...a Scottish seascape.

Scottish contemporary landscape art+Nicola McLean
'Memory of a sunset' - 4x4 inch canvas in 7.5 x 7.5 inch box frame

There's an expression that life can turn on a dime. To put it into UK currency that would probably be a five pence piece (doesn't have quite the same ring to it!). Anyway, the point is, one minute you're painting away and have more completed artwork than blog posts so are in the lucky position of having a stockpile of art to write about and the next you've been bitten by a dog and your stupid wrist has stupid crush injuries which means even after nearly three weeks you can't even hold a stupid paintbrush far less paint a stupid picture.

colourful contemporary Scottish landscape painting+Nicola McLean

That's where I'm at right now.  This is the last completed painting I have in my arsenal. I finished it weeks ago and it's listed in my Artfinder shop but because I had been on a painting roll, I hadn't gotten round to showing it on my blog. So, here it is. The last one and at this point, I'm not honestly sure when I'll be able to paint again. Which is a bummer, to put it mildly. I keep thinking it's getting better but then yelp in pain when I put any weight on it or try to grip anything so I guess it'll take a while longer yet.

colourful contemporary Scottish landscape painting+Nicola McLean


I've been trying to stay positive, being a firm believer that what you put out you get back but, honestly, it's easier said than done right now. I know that in the scheme of things it's just a sore wrist and much worse things happen to folk all the time. That still doesn't help when it means I can't drive the gorgeous new car that's been sitting in our driveway for a week now, or cut up my own dinner or even write my name. I know it'll just take time - it can take weeks for soft tissue damage to heal completely but when I'm travelling back to Ireland next week on my own it would be handy (no pun intended) if I could carry my own luggage. 

This is me at the start of the week doing my best 'were you injured in an accident at work and it wasn't your fault' impression!!



So, to use up spare paint at the end of a painting day, I randomly apply it to a blank canvas and that is how this paintings started life, as most of my landscape paintings do these days. Straightaway I could see a beachy sunset and so that's what it became in a quite abstract way. This is how it started:



Anyway, in order to balance this rather downbeat post, here's some positive news:

My charity pet portrait fundraiser has raised £367 plus £62 in gift aid so far in just a week! I'm so delighted as I never imagined we'd raise so much. Hopefully, there will be a write up in our local paper which might bring in a bit more as well. Thank you so much to everyone who has made a donation so far. 

Photo taken when I could still hold things in that hand!

I started using Instagram a lot more recently and not having any new paintings I've been posting old ones. Last week, I was asked by Art without a Roof to submit one of my northern lights paintings to their website and got news yesterday that it was accepted. How it works is that folk click on the paintings they like and if they get enough likes they are printed onto products for sale such as tee shirts. 15% of the sale price goes to the artist and 10% goes to charity. If you get a chance maybe you could click on my painting and maybe you could submit some of your own art as well - it seems like a really great artist led movement to promote art and raise funds at the same time.




Well, that's all folks. I'll be taking a wee blogging break now until I have something to blog about but I'll still be around on Instagram and Twitter so maybe I'll see you there.  Thanks as always to those of you who take the time to visit, it's always appreciated. 

15 comments:

  1. Your art is still beautiful! Sorry about the pain and frustration, that is hard. Get well soon, Happy PPF, Valerie

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  2. I really feel for you Nic remembering only too well eight weeks of incapacity. Now it seems v distant and all the advice I can offer is that things will improve. I don't know if you have ever done non dominant hand drawing. At art college we weremade to do it for some time. It can have suprising results and makes each mark you make important. I used my time of incapacity doing a lot of research into new projects. Looking at you tube and learning new things to do once I was better able. I don't know if you are getting physio but I would have thought you should be doing some gripping exercise to prevent scar tissue building up...keep smiling things will improve.... X

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  3. so sorry about your unfortunate injury, but your painting is beautiful, hope you will recover as soon as possible.

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  4. Hi Nic. Oh goodness. So sorry about your arm. I must have missed one of your posts. Oooh, so sorry. Get well soon. Love your work so tiny. Awesome job as always.

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  5. I am really sorry about your injury Nic- get well soon !!!!
    Your painting is just beautiful - I so love all this textures and colors - gorgeous!

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  6. We will miss you on PPF, Nic. Your painting is beautiful with the texture and bright colors. I am sorry about the dog bite. Your bruised forearm looks very painful. I think what we can't see (the tissues inside) probably hurt even more. Get well soon. (I hope it wasn't your own dog that bit you and I hope the one that did had had his shots.)

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  7. ouch...fab art work though! x

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  8. Oh my goodness!!!!!! Your artwork is lovely, but I'm so sorry about your injury. So scary and I'm glad it wasn't worse.
    I broke my shoulder last summer (dominant arm) and was out of commission for what seemed like forever. It slows you down but gives you great perspective. Hope it heals soon!

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  9. What an interesting post. I have quite a bit of art ahead thankfully. I seem to have to create when the flow comes in...funny how different it can be with each spurt too! Wonderful news on the charity and the instagram. I will check that out. I'm wondering if you could try painting with your other hand for the moment and see if anything new transpires...maybe an abstract with a moosh of colours... it would be interesting to see what you come up with... Sure hope your arm heals fast...keep it bandaged when you travel...don't want any flesh eating disease in those punctures!! Call me paranoid... probably because a dear friends, friend got it in a mosquito bite! Take care my dear...lovely painting and love the Northern light one too!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  10. I am so sorry to hear about your arm. I know it must be very frustrating. Everyone's suggestion of painting with your other hand has me intrigued. You are so talented and creative this might be fun for you.
    Have a wonderful time in Ireland. Hope you are all healed soon.

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  11. Hello Nic, so sorry to see how badly hurt you got, that looks nasty! It is hard to be patient when you can't do what you love most, so I hope you heal real fast, I'm sure you've been doing reiki on yourself to speed things up!
    Your work is a treat for the eyes, just think of how wonderful it will be when you can paint again soon, in the mean time some playful painting with the left hand can be interesting, things come up that never would and it can lead to some surprises!
    "Art without a Roof" sounds great, I'll have to check that out, congratulations on being accepted there!
    Best of wishes
    Kat

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  12. Oh, my, your poor arm! I hope it heals quickly! I am amazed at all of the texture in your amazing mini paintings!

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  13. Oh, poor Nic. I hope your arm heals quickly. You must be going crazy not being able to paint or drive or cut your own food.

    And I bet the doggies are happily going about their business.

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  14. Oh, poor Nic. I hope your arm heals quickly. You must be going crazy not being able to paint or drive or cut your own food.

    And I bet the doggies are happily going about their business.

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  15. Ouch that looks painful! I hope it will heal quickly and that you'll be back to painting soon. It's frustrating when you can't do anything, but it's worth being patient and making the best of it (not that I'm any good at any of that...). Oh, I missed your pet portrait fundraiser (I'm not being very good at keeping online at the moment, I'm afraid. The heat sucks every little energy I have left out of me), I'll have to have a look, as well as that other site. Beautiful painting, love the colours!

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