Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Guernsey Shores...one scene many views

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'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. 

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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


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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. 

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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! 



John O'Groats

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

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)

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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. 

19 comments:

  1. What a wonderful visit with you and your beautiful art!!! Thank you !

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  2. you have had an exciting week, the painting is so beautiful,, I love your interpretation,
    the story of the grave is so sad, its just such a common tale, of course the man went on to live his life free of any responsibility,, quite a difference between a mans life of unwed pregnancy and a woman's, he walks away and she dies.
    very sad.

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  3. First of all, your interpretation of the view is so unique! It really is gorgeous! Secondly, I have stood at that very spot at the sign at John O'Groats myself when I cycled from there to Lands End in 2006. We stayed in the one run down hotel that was there. It was such a bleak place! It stayed light all night which was weird and the very few houses we saw along the way all had their washing hung out in the FOG!! Made me chuckle! I couldn't live somewhere quite so remote myself! And the weather really was SO grey! Needless to say, aside from Glen Coe, which was stunning, Lands End was my favourite place on the ride... Mainly because the sun was shining and the sky was blue! :0)

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  4. Hi Nic, Love your take on the original photo reference. Thanks for taking us on the ride to Hoy.

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  5. First your art is always thrilling. It always amazes me how much detail you get on such a small canvas. Second I am shocked that the year is half over. LOL Third I love your photos. Have a great day.

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  6. what do I love best about this post-well , all of it!! How sad about Betty but also nice to know she has finally a proper headstone. Brilliant painting of course. I adore the doves , and would love to one day see the fine scenery, the cairn and that school house. Thanks for taking me there virtually:)

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  7. Beautiful art, and I like the idea of multiple views. The photos are fabulous, 'my' visiting birds' children are all now big and strong, too. Happy PPF, Valerie

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  8. I really like your canvas. It is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your fab photos.
    Have a wonderful June weekend 🌞

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  9. I'm always surprised buy how small your paintings are. They look so much bigger when you only show the painting. It's a gorgeous painting once again, love all those colours and the texture. It's very interesting to see the different versions of that one photo. It's good thjat despite the haar you could see the bright coloured houses in John O'Groats. Looks like it was a great day. Scotland really is pretty. Such a sad story about that young woman though ...

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  10. I love your photos today. I am all about virtual armchair traveling. And I think turning your paintings to night really works well for you. The night always looks like a real night- and I love that. :) Erika

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  11. Wow, this was quite an interesting visit I have had with you today! Your painting is beautiful and under-priced compared with the others (which were beautiful and varied). What a fun exercise to have a group venture like that! Your trip to the Orkney Islands must have been wonderful. Those gorgeous painted houses were quite a surprise to see in the photo. Looks like you had a great time. I learned about haar, which I had never heard of. And I read the sad tale of Betty Corrigall. Personally, I think all ground is sacred and I hope the church of that region now thinks so too. God forgives.

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  12. What a great view. Love your painting. The story about Betty Corrigall really filled my soul. Very sad but happy that she can now rest in peace. So short a life. Thanks for introducing me to her. Looks like you had a wonderful time at sea.

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  13. What a rich post! Your painting is so amazing there is so much movement it's as though little men are dancing on the shoreline hill! Such wonderful texture and colour! Some about this piece is so special! Love your photos, I see so much inspiration!! So sad about that girl....thank goodness we have come a long way from that nonsense! Great post!

    Hugs Giggles

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  14. It is always a treat to visit your blog! Not only do I get a taste of beautiful art, but often a bit of a travelogue. Thank you!

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  15. Love your photos and your coastline painting is spectacular. Isn't Guernsey also fascinating because that's as far as the Nazis got...there must be a museum about it somewhere on the island. Have been to Jersey, love the cream. Do they have Jersey cows on Guernsey I wonder?

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  16. Very fun group painting project. I must say I love the colors you chose and definitely my favorite of the group. Adorable little doves! I hope they get to enjoy long and healthy lives. :)

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  17. Very nice landscape

    Have a good weekend

    much love...

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  18. Oh, the layers, colours and textures are so lovely. You are right, the dog in background is adorable! Thanks for sharing your talents with us!

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  19. Beautiful photos and I was getting chills just reading about your misty experience and seeing you in the light pink jacket. Love what you did with the Jill Griffin image. Your night skies are magical and those colors on the hills...amazing!

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