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Getting bigger

Now that that’s over, I’m moving on to some larger canvases, and now suddenly I have too many options. Do I focus on cityscapes next, as I had planned? Pursue Highland landscapes a bit more, as they turned out to be my favorite new subject last month? Go back to the Edinburgh pub and restaurant […]

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Day 30: one last Scottish landscape

So here we are at the end of Art Every Day Month, and what a lovely month it has been. I started out painting cocktails and desserts, and ended with moody Scottish landscapes. Given that at the beginning of the month I had no plan whatsoever (beyond making & sharing art every day), it was […]

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Day 29: paint like frosting

Stepping away from the smooth white skies of yesterday, I decided to play around with some thick impasto abstract skies today. Which do you prefer? The paint on these reminds me of frosting, like what you would put on Christmas cookies. Mmmmm frosting. Maybe I should go back and paint another cupcake or two. It […]

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Day 28: white skies

In my mind’s eye, when I think about the imaginary landscapes I want to paint, they almost always look like a variation of these paintings: white skies, low horizon, dark land, sometimes a strand of bright color in between. I’m very compelled by this basic structure. Is it interesting enough forĀ an entire series of paintings? […]

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Day 27: Stockbridge, and texture

Last week I bought some plaster of paris, mixed it with pva glue, and smeared it on some canvases. Today I picked up the canvas I had made the bumpiest, and decided to paint this Edinburgh street scene on it. This was a challenging task – the surface was so uneven, I had trouble creating […]

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Day 26: painting Plockton

I love these tiny little 10x15cm canvases – I can easily paint several of them in a day. Right now I seem to be a little obsessed with Plockton, a Scottish Highland town we recently visited. (Yesterday I wrote about our trip to Plockton on my travel blog.) Going back through the dozens of photos […]


Day 25: Highland-like

Less than a week to go in the month, and then I will probably go back to painting larger pieces. So what do I want to create in these last few days? I decided I need to push myself a little more – to make images that are unexpected, not my usual creations. One way […]


Day 24: castle silhouette

It’s the last week of AEDM already! I’ve been having so much fun, playing around with new subject matters and styles, interacting with the other participants. Thank you so much for all your insightful and supportive comments. I’m energized going into this week, and I hope to come up with some interesting paintings to share […]


Day 23: Edinburgh oil sketch

Short on time today so just a quick little oil sketch of Edinburgh (10x15cm). That’s supposed to be the castle over on the left, and Princes Street on the right. Not my best work! That’s OK – if you’re not having some ups and downs during Art Every Day Month, you’re doing it wrong. Yesterday […]


Day 22: smooshy paint

I’m not going to lie to you: this is just a bunch of paint smooshed onto a panel with a palette knife. And it was lots of fun to make. ———- It’s Art Every Day Month! Towards the end of the month, these new daily paintings will be available to purchase in my Etsy shop. […]


Day 21: Afternoon tea

Afternoon tea is very popular in Edinburgh – there are so many places around town where one can enjoy this tasty midday carb explosion. ———- It’s Art Every Day Month! Towards the end of the month, these new daily paintings will be available to purchase in my Etsy shop. Check out Leah’s blog for more […]


Day 20: whisky with a view

I’ve been distracted this week, and seem to be struggling to fit in my daily paintings before it gets too dark (which is usually around 3:30pm these days). Given that this one was really fast and not very planned-out, I think it turned out OK. There are things about it I really like, and things […]


Day 19: Plockton, take 2

Look familiar? Today I painted the same scene as I did yesterday. I had intended to make it much more monochromatic and moody than yesterday’s, but some bright oranges and blues still managed to sneak their way in. As a ground I re-used a canvas board that had a very three-dimensional painting on it, so […]

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Day 18: a seaside Scottish town

Not a great day in the studio today. I blame the sun. It was a very overcast day out, and my studio lighting isn’t good enough to compensate. Perhaps it’s time to look into some proper lighting to get me through the Scottish winter. I was hoping to work on several pieces today, but it […]


Day 17: A Highland Lighthouse

I have a friend who loves lighthouses. I mean really, really loves lighthouses. Before meeting her, I can’t say that I had much of an opinion at all of lighthouses, one way or the other. I had fond memories of visiting one on Cape Cod as a child, but beyond that I really had nothing […]

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Day 16: more imaginary Highlands

These are so much fun to paint. Inspired by all the Scottish Highlands photos that I’m sorting through for my travel blog, they’re little made-up landscapes. These two are a little bigger than the last ones: 15x15cm, oil on canvas. ———- It’s Art Every Day Month! Towards the end of the month, these new daily […]

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Day 15: painting from a model

This month I’m taking a painting course where each week we work on a different genre popular with the Scottish Colourists. This week we had a live model dressed in floral prints and a big hat of the type often seen in Colourist paintings. In the class I work in acrylics on cardboard, a combination […]

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Day 14: Christmas drinks by the fire

As I’ve mentioned before, my goal this week is to keep my paintings loose, so I’m resisting the urge to clean this one up. The inspiration for this painting is an image from last Christmas, our first Christmas in the UK. It was an especially memorable and enjoyable time, in part because of the new […]

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Day 13: Stockbridge study

I have had the idea for a painting like this percolating in my imagination for a while now. I want to make cityscapes with a certain combination of abstract compositional elements and recognizable details. I think I’ve been worried that I wouldn’t be able to produce images that lived up to the ideas in my […]

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Day 12: Abstract Highlands

I’ve been sorting through photos from a road trip to the Scottish Highlands these days (putting together posts for my travel blog). While I haven’t been drawn to paint any specific image, I wanted to play around with the kinds of shapes and compositions that I’m coming across in these photos. Plus sometimes you just […]

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Day 11: tapas and wine

I do love the colors of red wine. Must set up some still lifes with it. This little painting was inspired by a lovely, sunny lunch at Malvarosa, a tapas bar in Portobello, Edinburgh. ———- It’s Art Every Day Month! Towards the end of the month, these new daily paintings will be available to purchase […]

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Day 10: Bridge across the Forth

The Forth Rail Bridge is an iconic structure not far from Edinburgh. It’s a popular subject with local artists, so I suppose it was only a matter of time before it made an appearance on my easel. ———- It’s Art Every Day Month! Towards the end of the month, these new daily paintings will be […]

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Day 9: mmmmm beer

Branching out a bit from cocktails today. These tasty beers were consumed at The Potting Shed, a craft beer bar in Edinburgh. ———- It’s Art Every Day Month! Towards the end of the month, these new daily paintings will be available to purchase in my Etsy shop. Check out Leah’s blog for more information about […]

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Day 8: a quick sunset

This was a very quick attempt to capture a sunset in action. They change so much from moment to moment, every time I mixed a color it was obsolete a minute later. Still, a fun exercise. I have a stack of these tiny 10x15cm stretched canvases, and I’ve never known what to do with them. […]

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