|'Guernsey Shores' - acrylic on canvas 5x5 inches (12.5 x 12.5cm)|
Artfinder, one of the online galleries where I sell my paintings, has a really good forum section where artists can ask questions, get advice or have a moan about how hard it is to sell work online! Recently, one of the artists, Jill Griffin, came up with an idea she called 'One scene, many views' were she provided a reference photo and everyone who wanted to take part created their own artistic interpretation of it.
We all agreed to post the finished paintings today, 1st June (as an aside, can you believe it's June already!) when we would all post them to our Artfinder shops and on social media with the tag #manyviews. Jill has created a collection of the art which you can have a look at here
Jill then created a collection on Artfinder so folk could see them all in the one place. It's been interesting to see the different interpretations - mostly defined by the medium the artist has used or the colour scheme they've chosen rather than drastically changing the actual scene itself.
Shockingly, I decided to once again turn day into night (mostly because I already had a mini canvas with the night sky background spray painted on to it and also because my printer never recreates the clarity of my laptop screen when I print off photos so I found it quite hard to distinguish the different layers of the cliffs from the photo as it was actually a very bright day with the sun almost washing the sky out and turning the cliffs into more of a silhouette and even more so in the version my printer created. This is the original photo below (copyright Jill Griffin)
In other news, the dove had two babies not just one and this is them now - they were only born on 14 May and they're already nearly the same size as their parents! They haven't left the nest entirely yet but I've seen them make little forays on to the roof and the top of the satellite dish so it's only a matter of time!
|They grow up so fast!|
In yet other news, I finally made it over to one of the Orkney Islands on Sunday. S booked for us to get the ferry from John O'Groats over to the island of Hoy for a wildlife walking tour. We woke up to a beautiful day and set off looking forward to a walk in the sunshine. After walking the dogs before we left (they couldn't come with us on this occasion), I was roasting so I even changed my attire to suit the warmer weather taking off a layer and taking a thinner jacket than originally planned. Twenty five miles down the road at John O'Groats and it was an entirely different matter. The whole place was shrouded in the haar - a thick sea mist that tends to arrive if we've enjoyed sunshine for more than a couple of days in a row! It was freezing and I quickly found myself wishing I'd packed that thicker jacket after all!
|It was a day for winter hats and sunglasses!|
This was John O'Groats as we sailed away into the mist:
This was as much as we could make out of the island of Stroma which we passed by on the way to Hoy!
|This is Stroma. Honestly!|
We'd been told there had been quite a few whale and dolphin sightings on that stetch of water but unfortunately we didn't spot any through the thick haar that accompanied us right across the ocean to Hoy. Luckily you can literally drive into and out of haar and, although it was there when we docked, by the time we got a minibus to where we were beginning the walk it was clear blue skies and sunshine all the way so I was once again glad for the lighter layers of clothes!
|Cairn on Hoy|
|The layers start to come off as it warms up nicely!|
|A skua - Hoy is the second largest breeding colony of these birds |
in the British Isles
|Old schoolhouse/museum at Rackwick|
On the way to the area we started our walk we passed by a single grave out in the middle of nowhere and found out the sad story behind it. It belonged to Betty Corrigall who in the 1770s fell pregnant out of wedlock to a man who then ran away to sea and abandoned her. She was overcome with shame and the locals shunned her and so she tried to drown herself. She was rescued but took her own life by hanging a few days later. Because she had committed suicide (plus was pregnant outside of marriage) she was refused a Christian burial and the Lairds of Melsetter and Hoy also refused to have her on their land which is why she ended up in a lonely grave on unconsecrated grounds outside the parish boundaries. If you click on the link in her name you can read the rest of the story about what happened to her grave and how she finally ended up with a headstone 200 years later, in 1976 - such an interesting story but desperately sad.
It was a beautiful day and a great walk and we were absolutely shattered by the time we got home on Sunday evening (by way of the Chinese for a cheeky takeaway)
|I just included this one because wee Brodie |
looks co cute sleeping in the background!
That's all my news this week. Thanks, as always for popping by.