Margaret Shaw - Blog

Sunflower takes another turn.

August 17, 2017
Have decided to texture my sunflower.  Got very messy and there's a bit of a way to go.

More details on the work in progress page.


From Strandshag Bay - Another new artwork underway.

August 16, 2017
Have used the ratio gridding method to help me get this A4 photo

sized to a 60 x 25cm canvas

which is drawn and waiting for a few tweaks to the composition.

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South Galloway Coast

August 14, 2017
Have spent a pleasant afternoon finishing off the editing of the recent shots from the South Galloway Coast.  Found the area to be very lovely and photogenic.  The pictures are loaded and you can view them fully on the Costal Photos Page.

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Drawing Pens & Cats

August 10, 2017
I've been thinking about some pen and ink / watercolour artworks, so purchased some waterproof pens.

Which in turn got me thinking about something to use them for.  I've also been pondering the CATching series as I'm reaching the limited numbers on the limited prints.
3 new paintings in the CATching series at the sketch stages - with the intention of using the pens on the final artworks.  Numbers of cats in the artworks are subject to change and a bit better shaping in some cases.

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Sunlit Fells, Cloudy Sky and the Nine Standards.

August 10, 2017
Late in the afternoon yesterday the clouds stated to break as the sun pushed through.  Went for a stroll and took the camera as those conditions are the ones where I find the potential to capture the sunlit ground against the cloudy sky.  I wasn't disappointed when I looked at this picture this morning. 

Taken from the Wharton Hall path looking over Nateby and you can see the nine standards on top of the fells ( probably more clearly when I print the picture at a larger size).

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Goslings 1 2 & 3

August 9, 2017
The three individual painting of my goslings are finished.
Available to buy from here.

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Acorn Bank - Blooms, Bees and Butterflies.

August 7, 2017
I'd read that the gardens at Acorn Bank were looking good so paid a visit.  I was delighted to find the lavender in full bloom (and scent) and covered in bees.  As it was a little windy it was quite difficult to get a clear shot with the swaying plant and the bees moving quickly from one bloom to another - but I persisted

The butterflies also were enjoying the nectar feast offered by the gardens

Water Lily Buds and Blooms were floating in the sunken pond.

The pond in the wild gardens was quite f...
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Amber Sunset - work in Progress

August 6, 2017
Have been struggling with this one and now on the third attempt.  Starting to think maybe an alternative image and should have gone larger.  You can see the previous versions here.

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Frame Changing

August 4, 2017
I've been doing some frame changing.  I had some small frame and mounts that I thought would be perfect for some of my recent sunset shots except the frames were dark wood.  So some sandpaper and satin black paint later has resulted in these:

I've also decided that my lamb paintings may benefit from black frames - they're currently drying but the expected results will be:

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August 3, 2017
My pastel painting of the three goslings together is complete.

Available to purchase ( as soon as the mount arrives ) £60.

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About my Blog

Margaret Shaw My blog summarises my life as an artist. It's a bit like a diary: New artworks completed. Artworks in Progress. Photos I've taken. Things that inspire me. Where I'm exhibiting. Things I've learnt. And anything else that I think blogworthy.
© 2017 Margaret Shaw