Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Between the mountains and the sea...a landscape

Between the mountains and the sea+whimsical naive art+vibrant colourful Scottish landscape+Nicola McLean
'Between the mountains and the sea' - 4 x 4 inches

It's been over a month since I last blogged and probably that long since I last painted. It seems that my artistic mojo has decided to go on a pre-vacation vacation. I've got ideas popping into my head at a great rate of knots but just don't seem to have the motivation to actually translate them onto canvas. So, I'm going with it. I'll paint when I feel like painting. I did feel like painting a little at the weekend and so I conjured up this imaginary landscape - places like this do exist along the coast up here so it's based loosely in reality.

Between the mountains and the sea+whimsical naive art+vibrant colourful Scottish landscape+Nicola McLean


I wish I could say it's the long hot days of summer that have kept me away from my easel but alas and alack, this summer is turning out to be much like last summer and the summer before that and, indeed, the summer before that as well. I keep reminding myself we didn't move to the far north of Scotland for the weather but I still didn't expect to need a knitted hat and waterproof coat to walk the dogs in August.

Anyway, only one month until S and I fly to Chicago to start our road trip along Route 66 and I am so excited not least because we must surely get some sunshine as we head east to west across the States.


I wish I could say it's the long hot days of summer that have kept me away from my easel but alas and alack, this summer is turning out to be much like last summer and the summer before that and, indeed, the summer before that as well.  I keep reminding myself we didn't move to the far north of Scotland for the weather but I still didn't expect to need a knitted hat and waterproof coat to walk the dogs in August.
Available on Artfinder

In other news, I recently stepped out of my introverted comfort zone and went along on my own to a Creative Conversation - a small group set up by Jana, an artist, who works in St.Fergus Gallery in Wick with the aim of bringing together artists, writers and musicians in the Caithness county area to chat and brainstorm on ways to collaborate and promote our work locally. This one was held in Dunnet Head Lighthouse which has recently been bought by Norman, another artist, who's turned it into the Engine Room art gallery. 


Credit: Jana (who isn't in the photo as she took it!)

I almost didn't make it as I drove to Duncansby Head Lighthouse (in fairness they both start with D), got there early and just happened to look at the Facebook event page and saw it was actually Dunnet Head, 20 minutes back the way I'd just come (on single track roads for the most part!)Anyway, it was good to meet with other people as I haven't really gotten to know that many folk in the three and a half years I've lived here and I'll look forward to the next get together in October.  

I also decided to get some new business cards as I realised that the ones I had were no use to me since I changed my website address. I ordered these mini ones from Moo Cards and I love them - I put a 5 pence piece beside them so you can see how little they are!

My lovely new Moo business cards 

That's all my news. I may or may not blog again before our holiday - I'll just have to see if my mojo decides to come back first!

12 comments:

  1. OOHhhhh love the painting. A place to escape too. I am so excited that you are coming to the states. Route 66 is the way to see the US. Where will you end up. I mean will you come to the West Coast like to Oregon? Ya know where I live. :) Your business cards are awesome. I need some new ones too.

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  2. Lovely little painting. Have a rest, I am sure your Mojo will come back soon! Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

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  3. I admire people who have the need and passion to paint every day. I not so much. The need to paint will come back and you'll have all these awesome ideas that are coming to you now. I'm excited for your vacation. I wouldn't mind doing that as well. :)

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  4. Good Luck with your business cards.Luv todays painting in the wooden frame. Lovely family circle too

    Happy PPF

    much love...

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  5. I love your painting. There is some magic in it.
    Have a great Road trip!
    Happy PPF ❤

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  6. I think the little painting is fabulous. The colours look so good! I do hope your mojo comes back soon. Maybe once you return from your fun holiday. Have a great time!

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  7. Your business cards are great! Just keep going with the flow and your mojo will set in when it's ready. Meanwhile I love that beautiful night painting with its bright colors so colorful against the velvet Sky and all those twinkly stars, it's a magical piece full of quiet beauty and night time whispers from afar.

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  8. Gorgeous piece. I'd love to go stay in that little house. Hugs-Erika

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  9. I know just what your going though;( It happen to me this year and I thought I was never going to get painting again. Hang in there it will pass;)

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  10. You're an intuitive woman there must be a reason you're taking a creative break. Who knows, upon return you may have a completely new style to share with us. You're really good that way! Have a marvelous trip to the states...I hope you find a bucket load of inspiration on your trip! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!

    Hugs Giggles

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  11. every artist needs a break now and then to recharge! love your little cards. I ordered some business cards and postcards from Moo. They did a very good job and I was pleased with the result. Hope you have a wonderful trip!!

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  12. I'm so glad you painted something at last! I need to do the same now! Your Mojo will be back before you know it! Hopefully mine will too :0)

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