Sunday, 7 February 2016

The tide is high...a seascape and a bittersweet farewell

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'The tide is high' - acrylic on box canvas 40cm x 30cm

This is a painting which came out of my imagination but is loosely based on the sand dunes and beach at Strathy, my favourite of the beaches close to our cottage. 

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This was the canvas that I mentioned a few weeks back came about as a result of me accidentally smudging the northern lights painting before it was properly dry and thinking I'd ruined it so scraped the paint back and then saw a new scene in the scrape marks and decided to see if it could be salvaged. At the time I could see a line of fir trees and started working on it with that in mind.  

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I did a bit on it and then left it for a few weeks while I worked on other paintings and then this week I decided it was time to either finish it or put it in the bin. I'm happy to report that I finished it. The fir trees weren't working for me though so I turned them into dune grass.

It's very impressionistic, almost abstract, and there's a heap of texture thanks to all the scraping on and scraping off of paint for the dunes and sand. In contrast, the sky is smooth as it was done with the spray paints.

In other news, it's been a very sad time here in Craggis Cottage. We had to make the horrible decision to rehome our springer spaniel after another incident of aggression towards the Westies and on the advice of a vet and dog behaviourist (You might remember dogbite gate back in June). Skye is the perfect 'people' dog but just not so good with other dogs as she gets fearful of them taking what she thinks of as hers, so we had to do what was best for all three dogs even if it sucks for us. Skye needed to be in a home where she would get to be an only dog and have all the balls, treats and human attention to herself.

It's all about the ball for Skye

Thankfully that home is with my sister who adores Skye and who Skye adores in return. It means that she'll still be a part of our family and we know she'll have an amazing life with my sister and her husband

It's been a week now since she went to London and it's been a week of many, many tears and a physical ache in my heart because I miss her so much (Monday saw me literally bawling as I walked with the westies round Strathy beach the inspiration for the painting in this post just because it was the first time without Skye running in and out of the sea. Just as well it was deserted). I miss her following me from room to room and staring up at me with adoration when too many minutes have passed without a cuddle or two. 

Our last selfie in Scotland

Mind you, looking at the photos my sister has sent me this last week and seeing Skye on Facetime with her on Friday, she already looks right at home and as if she has always lived there. I suspect that S and I are missing her a lot more than she is missing us which makes me happy as I had an enormous amount of guilt as well as sadness at having to rehome her.

Skye looking cosy and settled in her new bed in her new home

Anyway, in the week before she went I didn't want to paint because I wanted to spend every minute with her and in the week since she's gone I haven't felt like painting because I've been too sad but thankfully after seeing how happy she is on Facetime on Friday my mojo came back which is just as well as I have three paintings started just waiting for me to get on with them. 

That's all my news and I'll be back to catching up with Paint Party Friday this week so I'll see you there. 

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  1. oh my gosh, we had an exact twin to your dog, his name was Ike, we had to give him to our brothers family for the same reasons, it crushed us as well,
    I agree, you miss her much more than she you but when you finally do go visit her she will remember you with as much passion as always,, I know this from experience,,

    your painting is fabulous,, I love this so much,, long ago I painted in this style, when I painted with oil,,its a most satisfying method and I as you do sometimes achieved my most perfect look from scraping off, lol, Ilove this style,,

  2. your painting is beautiful. it is luminescent. my heart breaks for you re Skye. Our dog does not get along with other dogs but is a great people dog. You were lucky that Skye can live with your sister so, like you said, he's still in the family. xo

  3. your painting is beautiful. it is luminescent. my heart breaks for you re Skye. Our dog does not get along with other dogs but is a great people dog. You were lucky that Skye can live with your sister so, like you said, he's still in the family. xo

  4. Beautiful painting. Sorry you had to let Skye go, but she will have a good life with your sister. Hugs, Valerie

  5. Such a gorgeous painting - I feel I could splash right into there. Marvelous !! :-)
    Sorry about your poochie but I am very sure she will be so very much happier as an only dog in the loving arms of your sister :-D

    IKE x

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  6. gorgeous painting Nic! Skye is precious and I can see why you are grieving so at having to let her go. Spaniels are known in general to be territorial as all of mine have been despite varying breeds so I do understand the dilemma. That said Nic you couldn't have a better situation than to have Skye stay in the family- she does look very happy there- and you get face time to boot:)

  7. Lovely painting.
    Glad you found a home for Skye, she does look happy in her new home.

  8. this is so beautiful ... I would love to see you create these paintings, I think it's fascinating all the texture that you achieve. So sorry that you had to let Skye go, but it looks as if she's doing great in her new home. And you will still get to see her and hear about her, so it sounds like the perfect solution!

  9. Oh Nic... Maybe that's why you weren't well... perhaps the stress caught up with you? I feel for you... but thank goodness your sister has her so you can sleep easy knowing she is loved to bits! And you still get to be in her life even if mainly by Face time! But it still must be so hard. You can email or call me any time for an ear to bawl in to... Meanwhile the painting is stunning! I actually saw it as a huge wave with the spray spattering up towards the night sky... Just STUNNING!!!! :0)

  10. Your painting is marvellous with the wild sea and the calm deep blue sky, great contrasts and movement here.
    Sorry to hear about your dog, Skye, but it sounds as if you did the best and it is good that she is now with your sister where she seems to be happy.

  11. I love your strong but in the same time so expressivly beautiful.
    Sky dog seems to enjoy the cosy bed. Don't worry about her.
    Happy PPF ♥

  12. Beautiful art and thinking of u with regards to Skye...I am sure she will be very happy in her new home. Happy PPF

  13. Lovely work!!!! Love the colors.
    Happy Valentine's day and hope you'll soon feel better, as Skye will surely will be very happy in her new home.

  14. So happy Skye has found a new home although it must have been heartwrenching for you. I wonder how she will cope with going from rural to the big smoke?? I am sure she will be fine. The tale of your painting is intriguing....sometimes something awesome can emerge from our mistakes.
    Happy PPF

  15. Your painting is breath taking, full of deep magic! i'm sorry you had to part with Skye, but how lucky to have found another home and still be part of the family, I'm sure this makes you feel o.k about it. A beautiful and very touching post!

  16. Beautiful painting...but I feel your heart so deeply! When we would babysit Bella for weeks on end it was so difficult to give her back...we were her second home and loved having her! So sorry I know how personable springers are, my best friend had one for years that I felt soul connected to! So glad your sister took her! She looks comfy and is mostly likely happy with the next best thing to you!! Wishing you a short grieving process.

    Hugs Giggles

  17. Very lovely painting! Reminds me how we are all made of the same stuff somehow. I am so sorry about your beautiful friend. They hold a special place in our hearts. Hugs. xo

  18. Your art effects the soul. I am drawn into your pieces and taken to a different time and place. I am happy Skye is with your Sister.


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