|'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.
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.
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.
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.