Winter landscape paintings continue with this Scottish snow scene of a farm at the Spittal of Glenshee.
This is painting number 1844. This acrylic painting on canvas is 24 x 18 inches unframed.
|Farm in Glenshee|
Scottish artist John Stoa compiles diary notes and pictures of his painting projects and seasonal gardening activities in the flower, fruit and vegetable garden and greenhouse.
Snowdrops and aconites are coming into flower despite a few frosty nights, but then we are in a short dry spell as snow bypasses Dundee again.
Continue to work on winter landscapes at the easel with a snow scene on the Cottage in Glen Clova.
|Cottage in Glen Clova|
A new project to start 2021 is my plan to paint a series of Scottish landscapes in winter followed by a few allotment plots in winter. These will be based on images from my City Road Allotment Gardens. I have already done about 20 allotment plots in all seasons, but these will all be snow pictures
Glencoe Village with the Paps of Glencoe in winter
Winter in Glen Clova looking towards Glen Doll
Auchmithie in Winter
Most folks will be glad to see the end of 2020, to be remembered as the year Covid virus emerged and infected people all around the world. We all endured a year of isolation to prevent the virus spreading, but I feel I was one of the lucky ones. Although in lockdown all year, I have a big garden and allotment for fresh fruit and vegetables, so exercise and a healthy diet keeps us strong, and at home in my studio an artist is at peace in the world of artistic creativity.
My last three paintings finished for 2020 are shown below.
|Journey into Colour|
Two are semi abstracts and one a winter snow scene landscape in the Spittal of Glenshee. This view was taken from the back of the Spittal of Glenshee Hotel before it got burnt down.
|Spittal of Glenshee|
December was a very wet month so the garden got a rest and I spent some time at the easel.
Three figure studies completed using the contrasts of light against dark with both sunlight and studio lighting. The first study was Enjoying the Sun
The next study Into the Night was indoors using back lighting and the last one was Time to Relax.
|Enjoying the Sun|
|Time to Relax|
|Into the Night|
Rain arrived as forecast, so no gardening today. Time to relax, so after putting up the Xmas tree and lights I got out this painting in need of updating which I started some time ago. Reckon it has to be finished now, so it got signed (the last bit of paint) Yesterday it was cold but dry so it was up to the allotment to put a new felt covering on the roof as water leeking in was very serious. Help arrived to get it completed before the sun set. Brilliant teamwork. Ronnie nailed around the sides, I nailed the roof and Robert kept us supplied with materials. I think now that the Xmas tree is up, the lights on, the shed waterproof and my painting complete only task left is to open that bottle of Dalwhinnie Winters Gold. Well it is the festive season.
Dundee Art Society are holding their winter exhibition, just in time for Christmas at their Roseangle Gallery. Exhibition starts on Saturday 21 November and runs every day till Saturday 28 November 2020.
Open from 11am till 5pm every day. This is an open exhibition showing both members and non members paintings. Please drop in and browse our artwork. My three submissions are shown here. The Lady in Red in the Higb Street shows H Samuel the jeweler with their clock, a favourite spot for Dundonians to meet up.
|Autumn Colour in Benvie|
|Lady in Red in the High Street|
A few days before Halloween is a perfect time to harvest this year's crop of pumpkins. I got 6 fruit from 4 plants and two of them are enormous. That will stretch Anna's kitchen skills to provide roasted pumpkin, soup and sauce for pasta, stir fries, etc.
|Pumpkins now in store|
|Light on the Loch acrylic painting|
PLANTS FOR SPRING
As the summer flowers begin to fade we look ahead to next year for the spring flower displays. This is the time to organise the planting of wallflower, pansies, polyanthus, myosotis and bulbs of numerous kinds including daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, crocus, snowdrops and aconites. Hanging baskets are perfect for pansies and polyanthus.
|Tulip Red Emperor|
The Jonquills and Cheerfulness are well scented as are large trumpet white flowered Mount Hood. These bulbs can all be retained next year after flowering as it is easy to find a spot for them in flower borders and amongst deciduous shrubs and trees. However it is the snowdrops that start the show in early February, but in these recent times of mild winters they are often in flower in December in sheltered spots. Plant these in decent sized drifts spacing the bulbs about four inches apart. In time they soon reseed themselves and the drifts intensify and get bigger. Snowdrops are followed by the yellow aconites, Eranthus hyemalis, which are quick to spread and develop large intense drifts as they produce ample seeds which germinate readily.
Wee jobs to do this week