Thursday, 20 August 2015

The road less travelled... A landscape painting and some Instagram animals.

contemporary Scottish Landscape painting+impasto+Nicola McLean
'The road less travelled' - impasto acrylic on box canvas 5x5 inch

This is a little landscape that I started before dogbite-gate all those many weeks ago. I started working on it again last week and it's been a process of adding paint and scraping paint off and adding more paint, which is often how I find my landscapes progressing.  Although I like the texture, sometimes on the smaller canvasses it builds up too much and I find that if I scrape it back it reveals different layers of colour underneath and adds more interesting texture. 



It's all very trial and error which is what I love about it and what is sometimes quite frustrating - you know that whole - 'this is awesome/this is tricky/this is shit/I am shit/this might be ok/this is awesome' process that every artist goes through. Well, I wouldn't say I reached the final 'this is awesome' stage with this one but a close enough 'this will do'!

contemporary Scottish Landscape painting+impasto+Nicola McLean


In other news, I have resurrected the 'Jotter Doodle'. Sort of by accident. I decided that I should start sketching again as I never really do any sketches or quick studies at all. So I went to buy a new sketchbook in Tesco last week and as they were all sealed in cellophane I spent ages guessing which had ruled lines and which didn't. I finally bought one that appeared not to have. Until I got it home and unwrapped the cellophane and discovered it actually did. Not to be deterred I decided to use it for sketching anyway. 

'Zappa'

In the last few months I've really started using my Instagram account - I'd had it for a few years but only ever sporadically added any photos and then still wondered why I never got any new followers. So, I've been spending much more time there than on my Facebook page and I have to say I really love it. I've discovered so many great people, animals, books and yoga poses that I'll never in a million years be able to hold. So, I decided to sketch some of the very cute animals that I follow and so the 'Instadoodle' was born. (apologies, if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you may have seen these already).


'Norbert'


These are the ones I've done so far and I've got a list of other critters I want to sketch. These are all done using my new Derwent Graphik Liner pens which I totally love!


'Pudge'

As for my arm, I was asked to call in to my Doctor on Tuesday to discuss the results of the x-ray I had taken two weeks ago just before I went back to Ireland on holiday. So, it turns out that it wasn't just a hairline fracture which the previous doctor had lead me to believe (the same one who insisted I didn't need an x-ray in the first place) it was actually a comminuted fracture which means the bone splintered in at least three pieces! Good to know. Anyway, after thinking it was on the mend last week, I may have overdone things and it is aching quite badly again now (although thankfully I can still paint!) I'm being referred to the fracture clinic at hospital now so hopefully, finally, I'll get some proper information on what I should or shouldn't be doing with it (that I'm not having to look up myself on Google) and will know for sure if it's healing properly and will eventually get back to normal. Sheesh. 

That's all my news, I'll be linking to Paint Party Friday and will look forward as always to catching up with everyone and their new creations there. 


25 comments:

  1. It's so interesting to read about your technique and I can certainly relate to the thought process from one extreme to another.
    I love the gorgeous texture of your work and those Instadoodle's are fantastic.
    As to Instagram I like it so much more than Facebook. I use Facebook but I don't really like it.
    It's incredible that you have had such a problem with your arm. Hopefully, it'll repair properly soon.
    Enjoy PPF and the coming weekend. Fingers crossed the sun will shine ;D

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  2. I agree that some times when you scrape a bit away its treasure beneath, lol, I have done that too, lol,
    Sorry to hear your arm was misdiagnosed but hopefully you will find some answers soon, your sketching is beautiful, lovely critters

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  3. Love the painting, and the animal sketches are fabulous, really well done, hugs, Valerie Happy PPF!

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  4. Be sure your landscape is awesome. Really beautiful.
    And as a doglover I adore your sketches ♥

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  5. I love the come out of your technique! And the sketches, and your lovely comment on my blog. Thank YOU!!!
    Happy PPF - Irma

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  6. i've missed seeing your jotter doodles!! they are always so great. thanks for the update on your arm. I hope you get some good answers from the fracture clinic...what a mess!

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  7. Your layers and layers of paint, were not less traveled....haha...but the end result is fabulous.... I would take that road.
    And your sketch book....lines and all are just adorable animals. Each has it's own personality and attitude...especially the cat!! teehee.

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  8. I would say your painting is awesome!! I love it, the explosion of colour and Summer blooming through it! Your sketches are all so wonderful, what a talent and with a broken arm too! I hope it all gets better real soon, it must have been very painful, take it easy and hopefully you'll see some good doctors soon!

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  9. I absolutely love the landscape! That process of building up and breaking down just never gets old - and gave you a great result here. I'll have to find you on Instagram to keep up with your sketches - they look so fun! Have a creative weekend!

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  10. oh my gosh, all of them are awesome! love them all!

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  11. WOW....love ur landscape..its too good..make video and tell us how you go about it :)

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  12. I love those small landscape paintings. They are so full of color and texture. Your animal sketches are wonderful. So full of personality. I too have an Instagram account I never use. Maybe time to revisit. Hope your arm is on the mend. It always pays to get another opinion

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  13. Sorry about your arm, I hope you find out finally what it is. I love all the pieces you share today. They are gorgeous!! Have a wonderful day!
    Nora

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  14. Geez Nic, that arm sounds like quite a pain! And all that from a dogbite.... I would confront that first doctor making such an ignorant diagnosis. It doesn't prevent you from making beautiful work though. Love that small landscape, it looks like a dream. And I absolutely adore your instadoodles. Unbelievavle you did those with paint markers....

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  15. I am always taken aback by your beautiful work. Love them all, especially the doggies. Sorry to hear about your arm and that misdiagnosis is a bummer. I keep thinking that maybe, just maybe I was misdiagnosed. Those pills I have to take are making me feel awful. No energy and other. Sending you healing thoughts on your arm. Take care.

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  16. I absolutely LOVE the way you overlap your painting down the sides of the canvas box.. it looks fabulous - so is the way you scrap back the oil paint to achieve different layers.. I did have to giggle at your 'thought process' - sounds similar to mine!! ANd I'm all for book print, book ruled or any other kind of 'book' background - soooooo totally love your sketches - wow they are amazing! AND, I really hope your arm gets better very soon.

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  17. Your art is always gorgeous and I am loving the little animals so much! Good for you building your brand on instagram! Don't worry about posting old stuff on there either!! Just so you are posting with regularity! So sorry about the arm...that sucks. I imagine the doctor didn't think a couple of animals could do such damage to an arm like that!! But wow hope you find resolve soon!

    Hugs Giggles

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  18. I have only two things to say...everything you do is awesome because I believe you only stop when you feel you've captured what you want and given it your all (as you've done with the painting) and the second thing is I love your pet sketches!

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  19. I always love seeing your colorful landscapes. I follow you on Instagram, but it's nice to see your Instadoodles again.

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  20. Beautiful, vibrant colours, it reminds me of those purple flowers that you only find up in the mountains. How annoying about the ruled sketchbook, but i think it works just as well as a blank one. Those pens look great, are they paint pens, or ink? I've been a fan of Instagram for a few years, so much inspiration, but it seems I'm not very successful in using any kind of social media, really. I hope they'll be able to sort your arm out soon, that other doctor sounds useless!

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  21. This is a totally new look for me (with acrylic). I like it and that you scraped, I've seen Bob Ross do that with oils. I love how it turned out for you. The sketches are fantastic, I love them all. So sorry about the doc thingy. Such grief, you really didn't need. It's too bad that it was splintered. . .(((Hugs))) Prayers and Blessings, Janet PPF

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  22. The painting is gorgeous and all those sketches are so beautiful ! Amazing!

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  23. Love the painting! It reminds me of the long slog that was climbing Ben Nevis... This was pretty much the view for much of it - up, up and up! The sketches are so quirky and still have your unique style and somehow the lines don't matter at all - but almost add to it! I do hope your hand improves soon... It's unbelievable that it still hasn't been sorted properly!

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  24. It is insane that your rm isn't completely sorted by now... I am thinking of you... But I am loving the sketches... Instagram is like a visual playground isn't it. So full of inspiration of all kinds..l I just love it... And I love your work...xx

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