Margaret Shaw - Blog

Storr, Sunset and Hares

February 22, 2018
After getting my photo edits complete, its time to turn my attention back to paintings.  Three have made some progress whilst others languish in the to do pile.  Here's the 3:
Storr has had a couple of restarts and now has a sky in place ready for the dramatic landscape:

Red Sunset has its sky in place also and have made a start on the groundwork.

And I'm experimenting with some stylised hares:



February 19, 2018
I've made an effort over the weekend to view and edit the shots I've been taking around my home area of the Eden Valley recently.  There are  now new pictures in the galleries of:


Kirkby Stephen



and a new gallery for Mayburgh Henge

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More Ullswater

February 16, 2018
Have had a couple of lovely days up at Ullswater for hubbys birthday.  Dinner Bed and Breakfast by the lake side with some bracing walks along the shoreline.  Took along my bridge camera and wasn't disappointed by the changing weather conditions.

From Aira past Glencoyne day 1

and Patterdale day 2

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More CATs

February 14, 2018
Have been working on the CATching comets quartet for the 20x20cm  March exhibition in the Taint Modern Gallery and some more CATching stones to fill the spaces in the EVAN gallery at Penrith.  

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Snow on the tops

February 9, 2018
Enjoyed seeing the snow on the top of the fells and pennines on todays meander around Kirkby Stephen:

Liked the contrast of the snow against the sunlit fells from the viaduct walk.

Darks and lights on the top of the Pennines from the Viaduct 

Sunlit walls and barn with long shadows and the snowy Pennines in the background as we left Hartley heading back to Kirkby Stephen.
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Small Artworks

February 3, 2018
I finished my 3 small beadnell beach pictures and won't be framing these as they're too small to achieve what I wanted to with them.  So they will used as reference / studies for larger pictures as I still like the concept. More consistency of colour needs to be achieved with larger pieces.

I have also got 4 new small artworks underway for a 20x20cm / 8x8 inch exhibition starting at the end of February.  My CATching series continues with CATching the Comets - here's where they're at.

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Church Broughs Winter Sunshine

January 29, 2018
I had to take some paperwork to Church Brough today.  As I'd been told that the snowdrops were out I took along my camera.  Not only did I capture the snowdrops growing in profusion:

Brough castle was looking imposing with the sunlight and shadows:

Then looking from the castle over Brough was quite a site as the sun lit up the Pennines:

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Framing and Clear Out

January 28, 2018
Have had a sort out of pictures, prints and cards - some have gone to the out tray ( the one that gets collected weekly by the waste team ) and others have had a face lift with new mounts and frames.  
Here's the freshly framed stuff and one of the next jobs is to start on some new printed material.

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Mayburgh Henge & King Arthurs Round Table

January 26, 2018
We had sunshine today so took a trip to look at Mayburgh Henge and King Arthurs Round Table.  Mayburgh Henge was interesting and deserted so plenty of scope for me to take pictures. 

From the top of the henge into the centre

A shot from the opening into the middle

Lastly got close to the remaining standing stone.

Still wondering why this was built and what was done there 2000 - 4000 years ago.  

Next onto King Arthurs Round Table  ( another neolithic henge about 400 meters from Mayburgh ).  I'm a...
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Just one shot

January 20, 2018
After a quite a busy day in T'aint Modern gallery, on the walk home, the sun was highlighting the snow on the top of the fells.  Of course by the time I had got home, changed into waking boots and put on a few extra layers, the sun had dropped so the sparking hills I was anticipating weren't any longer there.  I did however get one composition I liked and with a little tweaking in my newly acquired photoshop software, I quite like what I got.

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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.
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