Margaret Shaw - Artwork - My Blog

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Margaret Shaw Artwork

Wharton Sunset

We have some stunning sunsets in the Eden Valley - this is one of them.  Wharton Sunset: http://www.margaretshawartwork.com/whaertonsunsetframed.php

Posted 1 week ago

Todays encounters

Glad I took my camera on todays meander around Hartley.  Snowdrops looked lovely lit by the dropping sun.  Met my first 2019 lambs.  Caught  the Kirkby Stephen parrots in flight.  Finally I liked the silhouette of the Wharton oak against the dusk sky.

Posted 1 week ago

Pastel Workshops

Coming soon to the Castle Gallery Appleby:  https://www.facebook.com/CastleFineArts/

Posted 1 week ago

Sheep ( new artworks )

2 new small artworks underway - for taking along to the art group.  To be completed with tinted charcoal.  
Herdy Portrait - http://www.margaretshawartwork.com/wip-herdyportrait.php
Swaledales - http://www.margaretshawartwork.com/wip-swaledales.php

Posted 2 weeks ago

Sunset Sky - at 3rd attempt

This is my third attempt at my sunset sky - achieved with pastels over an acrylic ink ground.  Finally liking where this is going and hoping that I don’t mess up at the land stage: http://www.margaretshawartwork.com/wip-whartonsunset.php

Posted 2 weeks ago

CATching and Bee Stones

With a few art shows booked this year I’ve decided to paint some new stones as my home supply is low.  6 designs at the drawing stage ready for transfer to prepared stones: http://www.margaretshawartwork.com/wipstones.php

Posted 2 weeks ago

Scenery, Sunshine and Sheep

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On my way home after my shift in the Taint Modern the sunshine was lighting the snow covered scenery and a herd of sheep had been put in the nearby fields.  Into my walking boots, bob hat on and camera round neck set off on a meander.  The fields and fells were stunning with long shadows being cast by the low afternoon sun.  Some of the sheep seemed happy to pose for the camera.  Others weren’t getting along quite so well - now I know where the term butting heads come from.  Finally as the sun really started to drop really low the distant Pennines lit up in tones of pink and purple.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Chatting to the Locals as the Sunset over Nateby

Ventured into the cold late this afternoon,  Sunset wasn’t as spectacular as I expected but it was nice to catch the end of the day as the world was blanketed with frost and snow.  Then stopped for a chat with some of the locals as we neared home.

Posted 2 weeks ago

Ullswater Yacht

New artwork - Ullswater Yacht:   http://www.margaretshawartwork.com/ullswateryachtframed.php and in progress from yachts to yacht: http://www.margaretshawartwork.com/wipullswateryachts.php

Posted 3 weeks ago

Another Parrot Finished

Next Parrot has been completed: http://www.margaretshawartwork.com/parrotinprofileframed.php  You can see the work from start to end here: http://www.margaretshawartwork.com/wip-parrot-in-profile.php

Posted 3 weeks ago

Late afternoon yesterday

After my disappointing sunset painting took a stroll yesterday and was quite delighted to capture these late afternoon images with the camera as I walked from Hartley to Kirkby Stephen.

Posted 3 weeks ago

New Bin Liners

Or what happens when a painting goes wrong: http://www.margaretshawartwork.com/wip-whartonsunset.php

Posted 3 weeks ago

Derwent from Strandshag Bay

Finished my Acrylic painting of Derwent Water: http://www.margaretshawartwork.com/derwenrfromstrandshagbayframed.php    You can see it from start to finish here: http://www.margaretshawartwork.com/wipfromstrandshag.php

Posted 4 weeks ago

Wharton Sunset

Using 2 photos to create a sunset scent over the Wharton Landscape.  See Work in Progress on my web site: http://www.margaretshawartwork.com/wip-whartonsunset.php

Posted 4 weeks ago

Parrot in Profile - New Work in Progress

Have started a new Parrot Painting after some flipping, cropping and 2 drawings I think I’m ready to start painting: http://www.margaretshawartwork.com/wip-parrot-in-profile.php

Posted 4 weeks ago

Parrots Complete

I’ve finished my inktense paintings of my Kirkby Stephen Parrots.  You can view these in my Fauna Artwork Gallery: http://www.margaretshawartwork.com/fauna-available.php and you can see them in from concept to completion on the work in progress page: http://www.margaretshawartwork.com/wip-parrots.php

Posted 5 weeks ago

Pastel Clean Up

Figured that I could manage to clean my pastels with an injured shoulder.  Bought myself a new box and got to work.  Some were so mucky I didn’t even know what lay beneath the grime.  Look at all those lovely colours.  

Posted 5 weeks ago
<p>Exhibitions and events building up for 2019 - <a href="http://www.margaretshawartwork.com/exhibitions.php">http://www.margaretshawartwork.com/exhibitions.php</a></p>

Exhibitions and events building up for 2019 - http://www.margaretshawartwork.com/exhibitions.php

Posted 5 weeks ago

Progress on Parrots

Another painting in progress - started painting with inktense: http://www.margaretshawartwork.com/wip-parrots.php

Posted 6 weeks ago

2 Lakes, 2 media, 2 very different paintings in progress

My Derwentwater acrylic painting is progressing nicely - very dark and I’m liking the drama I’m creating.  I’m approaching the finishing touches which will be pencilled onto the canvas before adding the acrylic to make sure I’m happy with the proportions.
http://www.margaretshawartwork.com/wipfromstrandshag.php

My Ullswater pastel painting doesn’t seem to be going too well.  Its a completely different mood from my Derwent painting in progress and I find myself thinking more drama - or am I being influenced by the boldness of the Derwent acrylic? On my Ullswater work I can see that my middle mountain has developed a smooth edge and my waterline has gone wobbly.  Corrections required.
http://www.margaretshawartwork.com/wipullswateryachts.php

Posted 6 weeks ago

Some of 2018 Favourites

As the year draws to a close I’ve added some of my favourite pictures of 2018 to my about me web page -  http://www.margaretshawartwork.com/about.php and updated my profile picture.  Here’s to a happy 2019 - cheers everyone.

Posted 7 weeks ago

Stunning Skies

What a stunning sky we were treated to this evening over Kirkby Stephen.  Shot from the bedroom window.

Posted 7 weeks ago

Derwentwater in progress

I have to admit that this one has been on the “in progress” shelf for some time ( Aug 2017 was the start date ).  Feeling inclined to get out the acrylics with an afternoon of painting time - here’s where I got to yesterday ( 29th Dec 2018 ).  You can see the work in progress on my web site - http://www.margaretshawartwork.com/wipfromstrandshag.php

Posted 7 weeks ago

A Christmas Eve Stroll

A lovely walk this afternoon around my home town ( Kirkby Stephen ).  We watched the sheep jostling for position around the hay.  Think we can safely say there was a definite winner - A title of Hay Ewe springs to mind.  Passing the church as the sun disappeared gave a tranquil end to this Christmas Eve.

Posted 8 weeks ago

Holly and Berries

A seasonal picture - maybe next years Christmas Card?  You can see the step by step development of this by visiting the artwork in progress page: http://www.margaretshawartwork.com/wipholly.php

Posted 8 weeks ago

Web Update

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Been working on my web site - new pictures in the coast photo gallery -http://www.margaretshawartwork.com/photos-thecoast.php -  and tmblr will be my blog.

Posted 8 weeks ago