Friday, 7 August 2015

Big smoke on the water - a tiny cityscape...

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'Big smoke on the water'
- acrylic impasto on 2x2 inch canvas in 5x5 inch box frame

I've just returned from a very lovely week back in Northern Ireland visiting my parents and catching up with old friends. The weather was pretty much exactly the same as I left behind in Scotland - wet and windy but it appears that while I was away I missed the Scottish summer - they had one sunny warm tee shirt wearing day in my absence!!

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Anyway, I spent the time being spoiled as always by my wonderful parents who at 80 and 81 still have a more active social calendar than I do! 

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I took advantage of the fact that I had an extra 7kgs of unused baggage allowance to do some clothes shopping and I lazed around reading my kindle and finding myself once again sucked in to the dramas of the soap operas that my parents watch. The best part is that I really rested my arm (while trying out some physio exercises I found on You Tube so it wouldn't get too stiff) and I'm very happy to say that I can feel a noticeable improvement so I think it is definitely on the mend - hopefully by the time I go back to my part time job next Tuesday I'll be able to drive there myself in Florence (our new Fiat 500).

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This is the second of the abstract cityscapes I painted with my non-dominant hand before I went back to Ireland. It was featured in the Artfinder Newsletter a few days ago which is always a lovely thing to happen and I'm very happy to report that the first one that I posted last week sold on Artfinder and is off to join two of my other paintings in its new home in Sweden!

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I do plan to do some more of these little abstract cityscapes but hopefully I'll be able to do them with my left hand.

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I'm also really excited to try the gorgeous new box of Derwent Graphik Liner pens that arrived just before I went on holiday. I've watched some videos on You Tube on the different ways you can use them and I can't wait to try!

Derwent Graphik Liners - so many new colourful painting opportunities!
 Here are a few of the photos from our wee night out - mobile phone cameras are never as fab as you think they are, especially in a dimly lit pub after a couple of drinks!!








Anyway, that's all my news. I'm very much looking forward to seeing if my wrist is going to play ball and let me get back to painting - I've got four half finished landscapes sitting staring at me!

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I'll be linking up with Paint Party Friday as always and will look forward to catching up with everyone else there. 


18 comments:

  1. Glad you had a fun holiday and opportunity for shopping, but pity you missed summer! Love your tiny seascape! Hope your hand is soon really better, Happy PPF, Valerie

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  2. Looks like a very happy time away by all accounts of your photos! I do love this little painting - its so textural and detailed. Its reflection on the water is fabulous too! Have a wonderful weekend ahead!

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  3. Love this little painting, esp. clever as you painted it with your non dominant hand...wow! don't think I could do that!

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  4. It's always nice to be spoiled by your parents. You did another amazing job with this second miniature landscape - congratulations on selling the first one! Have a blessed week and hope your wrist is back to normal very soon.

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  5. It looks like you had a wonderful time with your friends. And good for your parents at being so social. I think that is great.

    I love this painting as I do all of your work. But there is something special about the sky that draws me back to it again and again
    I am so glad your hand is getting better. Have a great time driving your new car..

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  6. what a beautiful bunch yu all are!!

    I'm glad you had a good time with family and friends, your non dominate hand city scape is beautiful, you captured the buildings and skyline beautifully,,
    I love the name of your car! Florence the Fiat, very fitting!!!

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  7. It's always great to have a visit with family, Nic. Your art done with your non dominant hand is fantastic. Hope you hand is better each day. Congrats on the new car!

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  8. Ok, that's crazy adorable! I love the mini painting with the bright colors. And your non-dominant hand too? Wow! Impressive! Hope your good hand returns to normal soon :)

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  9. Hi Nic. Happy yo hear your parents are doing good. That's a blessing. Looks like you had a wonderful time. Love your blouse. And your little cityscape looks awesome. Great work as always.

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  10. Such a beautiful little piece ~ I really love your style! Sorry you missed your summer, though. :) It looks like you had a great time with loved ones, and THAT's akin to any summer day!

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  11. Gorgeous piece my dear...I love the colours...no wonder it sold! It's fabulous! So glad you got the rest and love the photos of you with friends!! Amazing how a dark spot in your life can turn into a new awakening...

    Hugs Giggles

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  12. Beautiful little painting! I hope your wrist is all better soon!

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  13. Love the little painting. Beautiful colors, composition and lots of texture. Beautiful!

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  14. Oh what a fun time you had, and the pictures were so lovely to look at. So many happy faces. Sometimes "tiny" is perfect and so it was for you little canvas. The only time I don't like tiny is when I'm having Cheesecake...HaHa

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  15. I had a holiday in Ireland last week and we had one lovely day the rest was rain/wind/cloud but it was okay just pleased to get away from the heat here in Baltimore. Love your wee landscape I don't know how you manage to paint so small. Love your spotted top did you make it yourself?

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  16. Oooh, to have your painting hand out of commission...so sorry to hear, hope it gets better soon. You must be so frustrated! But you've done beautifully with your non-dominant hand! A gorgeous little artwork! Congrats on the sale and the mention.

    Happy PPF!

    Best wishes,
    Liz

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  17. Sounds like a fun holiday was just what you needed. Take it slowly with your arm and I'm sure you'll be back to full speed in no time. I'm glad someone else names their cars! My new DS3 is called Ruby. :) you'll be on the road in no time. Congrats on sales!

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  18. I think I'd be tempted to continue painting with that hand! The paintings coming out of it are just fabulous!! And this on is my favourite! I'm not at all surprised that it sold! When your hand is better and you are able to type more easily, I'd love to know more about Artfinder... I'm wondering if maybe I ought to be on it, but I often find third party options a tad confusing!
    Anyway, great photo's! It's a shame you missed the one sunny day - but if it's any consolation, the weather is naff down here too! :0)

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