23 April, 2012

Today I have been trying to capture the misty hills of Galloway.
I have been using watercolour paint and glazing over the basic shapes
with washes of varying strengths ,this seems to give me the hazy feel I want
but it is still not quite what I want so I will just keep trying.

16 April, 2012

rekindling the blog

It has been almost a year since we used this blog

It was usually Ruthie who wrote the posts but she has little

time for it now as she has her own blog and Etsy shop to run

along with her own business

We had a great response when we did the craft trail last year

Now we are working toward this year at the same venue

I have also just opened an Etsy shop so this is a new venture to me

It will take me some time to get into this blogging so please bear with

me whilst I learn the ropes

20 July, 2011

KIrkcudbright Art Trail venture . . .

We are busy getting ready for our latest venture
we are soon taking part in the popular annual
Kirkcudbright Art & Craft trail.
This year it has been extended to run over 4 days
from Friday 29th July to Monday 1st August.
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We are excited to announce that our venue is to be in the
newly re-furbished, light & airy basement of Rhubarb.
A delightful shop full of lovely things for country home living.
run by Mother & Daughter, Carolynne & Brenda.
opposite McLellans Castle, at 1a Castle street, Kirkcudbright,
just a stones throw from the picturesque harbour.We have been given a generous space to display our art & crafts,
and will have lots of new things on display
please do come along for a browse
& maybe share a cup of tea or coffee.
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See here to look through the art trail brochure.

Galloway Beltie bags . . .

Brand new design by Jean,
hand painted long handled cotten shoppers
featuring the Galloway Beltie.
A breed of cattle indigenous to Galloway, South West Scotland.
The bags come in a range of colours,
each hand painted cow is slightly different.
£7.00 each.

09 August, 2010

the wee Kirkcudbright centipede . . .

"The Wee Kirkcudbright Centipede"
mug designed by Jean.
Listen to folk singer & poet Matt McGinn
singing his song here
his website here
(mugs £7 each, complete with presentation box)

These are all sold now

30 July, 2010

the evening before . . .

by the end of the day
most everything has been
hung & priced & put in place
last minute finishing touches &
dashing about to be done with some bits & pieces
more finished off than others
but we are almost there
& tomorrow is our 1st open day!

29 July, 2010

28 July, 2010

three days to go . . .

lots of studio spaces waiting to be filled
display shelves made by katie
easel made by dad (mr r)
lots of crafted things waiting to be put in place we have been cleaning & polishing
& hanging of pictures today
so exciting seeing it slowly come together

22 July, 2010

Thank you for visiting us
* * *
we are in the process of
building this web site at the moment
and will add more day by day
we so do hope you will
come back very soon
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if you are in the area, do drop by
"Craigiebrae, Barharrow, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG6 2BA"
our red-den studio is opening
to the public as from
July 31st 2010
1.00pm - 4.30pm
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
(other times by appointment)

21 July, 2010

First preparations

This time last year preperations began
for the studio gallery.
Upgrading the entrance paths
included much laying of paving slabs
& spreading of gravel.
Inside we were painting walls, building shelves,
hanging rails & laying a new floor
and then we realised just how much more
there was to do!!

more information to follow . . .

18 July, 2010

"Loch Struan""As the light is fading behind the hills
a soft wind is ruffling the surface of the waters.
Hushing sounds of a late Summer evening
add a quiet peacefulness to the world."
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acrylic on box canvas
60cm x 60cm