Monday, 18 April 2016

Make a wish...a landscape painting

Shooting Star+Milky Way+Scotland+Vibrant Landscape Art+Impressionism+Nicola McLean
'Make a wish' - acrylic on canvas 4x4 inches (10x10cm)

According to 'Artistic licence is the freedom to create an artwork, musical work or piece of writing based on the artist's interpretation and mainly for effect'.

Scottish landscape art+Shooting Star+Starry skies+milky way+Impressionism+Nicola McLean
Available on Artfinder or my website

I love artistic licence. It frees us to use our imaginations rather than recreating exactly what's there when what's there isn't exactly what we want to paint. Take this painting for example.  This is the original photograph that I took on one of the very few sunny days last summer on top of the dunes at Strathy Beach.

Strathy Beach+Sutherland+Scotland+Nicola McLean

I didn't want to paint a blue sky though so using the wonder that is artistic license I turned day into night, made the wee flower disappear and added a little shooting star (which appear more regularly than buses up these parts!) 

impasto texture+art+Nicola McLean
Close up of texture

I have no other news really, just busy painting away in my new art shed. S is continuing with the work on the outside - this week he built a fence out of old pallets. Here's a wee time lapse of it going up if you want a nosy - you can see me pottering around in my shed while he's working away outside!

I'll leave you with a few quotes attributed to Vincent Van Gogh who painted magical starry skies.

'For my part, I know nothing with any certainty but the sight of the stars makes me dream'

'Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high, then life seems almost enchanted after all'

'Go out and paint the stars' (I'm taking this one as a direct order!)

I'll be linking up with Paint Party Friday to see what everyone else has been up to this week. Pop by if you get the chance - there's so much arty wonder there!


  1. Bonjour,

    Un petit paysage qui vous entraîne à la rêverie... Des couleurs fantastiques.

    Bisous ❀


    1. je vous remercie beaucoup Martine , quel beau Description - et il semble encore plus agréable en français !

  2. Your painting is fantastic, love it. And the fence is terrific, clever S! Have a good week, hugs, Valerie

  3. What an amazing and breathtaking job...I am rather stunned by the sheer beauty of this.

  4. Stunning painting

  5. sooo dreamy and colorful... pure magic Nic!! Loved the vid too-what a talent S is. I probably said it before but what a great team you two make:)

  6. Love your wee landscape. I aldo found it so interesting to see your inspiration. I too get inspiration from photos and when I saw yours it looked like so many of mine, yet out artistic licence lets us produce such different finished pieces..You transformed the view into a beautiful night time scene. I saw all the grass and flowers and know in my work that's where I concentrate. It's facinating to see the world through artists like yourself. I smiled at your pallette fence. I mended a broken fence with a pallettes last year..such useful things! ☺

  7. I too like the definition of artist license. This piece makes me want to take a walk there.
    I would love to watch you work.

  8. I like your artistic license and what you paint. Also, your art shed is amazing!

  9. Love the colorful grass against the dark sky. :) Thanks for the link on the turtle dream interpretation.

  10. I want to be sitting there watching that comet go by. This is another beautiful piece. Your very good at working in such small scales. :)Erika

  11. I love all the colors in your miniature seascape night scene. It is so liberating to just let go sometimes and let pure intuition take charge when working on a piece of art. Thank you for the reminder. Thank you too for the thoughtful comment you left on my blog. Blessing

  12. I love Artistic Licence too... And nowhere is this more evident than the one I have almost done! Anyway, I love how you interpret what you see. It always works! :0)

  13. If it wasn't for artistic license life would be so dull!!
    Beautiful sea scape!!
    The art shed is really looking wonderful,, it looks like it has always been there,, it looks like it grew up from the earth,, does that make sense,, lol,,

  14. Each week I love to see how you have used your creative mind to make such wonderful works of art. this is really beautiful. I haven't seen a shooting star in years, but they were so common where I lived as a child. I enjoyed the rapid version of the building of the fence. Cute dog, too!

  15. So beautiful!!! And so tiny - you sure are amazing with detail, Nic! I love the night sky.

    How great to have a studio now! Did he winterize it as well?

  16. I think maybe you are more inspired by stars because you live in the countryside and see more if them? I barely see them and there is a lamp post outside my house making stargazing difficult. Your starry landscape really glows! Hurrah for artistic license.

  17. Your artwork is wonderful. It reminds me of a dream I had once...

  18. What inspiration and magic here! Fabulous, I could stare at this for ages, filled with night magic and wild beauty, a stunning piece Nic!

  19. So full of movement, life and color!! Magical!

    And thank you so very much for your kind words, much appreciated!

  20. I love how you interpret a photo in your unique style. Life is too boring without creative license! Love your videos too...hubby is an amazing artist as well!! Love how he cut the fence down in such a cool shape! Great post thanks for sharing your always beautiful artwork and self!!

    Hugs Giggles

  21. I am so glad you took artistic license as this is a magical little painting!


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