Making bookmarks…

Had a lovely time in my studio this afternoon making up some mixed media bookmarks – I’ve been having trouble keeping up with demand for these, with this little lot that will mean i’ve made 90 so far this year – and every single one different. They are now all packaged up and will be on the shelf at the Uist Craft Producers shop at Kildonan, South Uist tomorrow. £3 each which includes and envelope 🙂

Confession time: Sometimes I like one so much I keep it for myself, I have a wee collection dotted around the house.

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Daytrip to Ullapool

I tagged along with Jane and her weekly art group on their “grand day out” to Ullapool today. We had a brilliant day out and mooched around the shops and galleries, sat in the hot (yes, hot!) sun and drank tea, coffee and cold beer.

Our main purpose for going was to visit Kittie Jones’s exhibition that was on at the Ceilidh Place and to see Kittie give her artist’s talk during the afternoon. The talk was great and we had the opportunity afterwards to have a look through Kittie’s sketchbooks.

I took half an hour before the talk to do a sketch of The Ceilidh Place

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Photo Project 365 – Week 6 – February 2018

This week’s project is Abstract

I wasn’t too sure what I would do for abstract. I mean, what is abstract? What does that actually mean? I have to say though that I have really enjoyed this week it has given me the opportunity to be a little experimental and imaginative. See what you think…

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36/365 Hob
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
37/365 Cactus
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
38/365 Bowls
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
39/365 Picnic under the pine tree (aka brocolli tree, our rather silly name for it)
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
40/365 Firewood. Lena in spanish though it should have a little squiggle over the n which I can’t seem to be able to do on my laptop…
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41/365 Shadows. My favourite of all my photos this week. It looks so much like piano keys. The music was provided by the birds.
Photo 365 project - Hebridean Imaging - Yvonne Benting - Photo a day - Mobile Phone Photography
42/365 Fence posts. Way out and whacky! Love spanish fence posts though they are so randomly shaped. No uniformity for them.

My iPad which I love!!

Instax Share SP2 Printer

(note that there is now also a newer model out, the Instax Share SP-3 Printer)

Fujifilm Instax Mini Film – 20 shots

though for my project I have now bought the Fujifilm Instax Mini Film – 100 shots pack to get me started.

The sketchbook I am using for my journal is the square, black Seawhite 140mm x 140mm 140gsm artist’s sketchbook I have bought two of these and using a page a day I reckon each one should last me 6 months.

The above links take you to Amazon UK where there is information about each product. Any purchases made using the links given above will give me a teeny, tiny bit of commission which I will put to good use during future weeks and future projects.

 

Sketch outing – Bosta Beach

A beautiful sunny day, so after spending all of it so far indoors manning (womanning?) the Callanish exhibition Jane and I decided, after closing time, to grab our sketchbooks and paints and head out to Bosta beach on the small island of Great Bernera. What a stunning location! The wind was a little chilly but we hunkered down in a sheltered spot, accompanied only by the lively local rabbits and set to capturing the scene.

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Here is my sketch – fineliner pen and a little watercolour added. The weird looking object in the sea is the tide bell which I believe is no longer working? I also did a few sketches of the rabbits which didn’t stay still for more than a few seconds at a time!

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Jane sketching and using watercolours. Hunkered out of the cool breeze.

Sale – Original Art and Art Cards – Etsy Shop

I’m having an end of season sale of my original art cards – I’ve just uploaded what I have left to my Etsy shop. Most of the art cards are now reduced from £3.50 each to just £2.80

Original monotype prints are also available, from £15.00 per item.

As a gesture of seasonal goodwill you can also claim an extra 10% off when you spend over £5.00 (not including P&P) by using the voucher code CHRISTMAS2017 when you check out.

Here are the links:-

Original Art Cards

Original Art

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Hebridean Imaging Yvonne Benting uist outer hebrides western isles monotype art card original flower

Hebridean Imaging Yvonne Benting uist outer hebrides western isles monotype art card original flower
Summer Rain – Uist. Ready mounted to fit a 10″x8″ frame

New print: Raven on Standing Stone

I have to admit I do have quite a thing about Raven’s, they are wonderful birds, what I would call “birds of character

When this one perched momentarily on a local standing stone I thought it was the perfect shot 🙂  With my love of combining my art and photography I hope you will agree that it makes for a moody, mystical image.

Now available in my online shop as a print, mounted in 12″ x 10″ ready to frame in a standard-sized frame.

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Liberate Your Art Swap 2016

I heard about this swap via another artist’s blog and thought it sounded like a lot of fun. As i’d just placed an order for postcards for my forthcoming exhibition I decided to join.

I had to send 5 postcards to America to Kat Sloma of Kat Eyes Studio and then on the allotted day she sorted all the postcards and sent them whinging back around the world. I sent extra postcards as well so that the swap helpers wouldn’t miss out on all the fun 🙂 Very many thanks must go to Kat and all the helpers for their work in this years swap – the 6th year!

So far I have heard from Jacinta in Ireland to say that she received my Hebridean Crofthouse postcard and seemed to be very pleased with it 🙂

I only returned from my travels to Spain last night and can’t pick up my mail until tomorrow – i’m really looking forward to seeing what i’ve received as part of the swap – i’ll update tomorrow – feeling excited! (For update on the cards I received see my post here)

Kat has a website and a Facebook page

Here are the postcards that I sent out (the set of four Camino ones were available in my online shop but have now sold out):-

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Camino postcard no. 1 “Old Window”
Hebridean Imaging Yvonne Benting art photography western isles outer hebrides uist camino de santiago
Camino postcard no. 2 “Olive Tree”
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Camino postcard no. 3 “The Way”
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Camino postcard no. 4 “Sign”
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One of the traditional houses we have here in the Outer Hebrides

click here to see the other people participating in the Liberate Your Art 2016 swap!

30 Paintings in 30 Days – Final Day

Wow! The final day of this challenge, it’s come around so quickly and i’ve managed to be creative every single day. Feeling very pleased.

So, what next? Well, i’m going to continue to be creative everyday, it may not be painting although I have really enjoyed that – I’ve never been much of a painter, not acrylics anyway, and would love to improve (hehe, let’s face it, there’s plenty of room for improvement!).

Next week I head away, off island for a couple of months – first to England to visit my family then travelling down through France and Spain – I’ll stay in southern Spain for two months. I need to decide what art supplies to take with me – I would love to paint while i’m there so have some of the 6″ x 6″ canvases set aside. I’ll also be packing my sketchbook and watercolours. Decisions, decisions…

Anyway, my final painting is a still life, my beloved Bialetti coffee maker and a couple of coffee cups. An artist friend called round mid-painting and said “oh my goodness, why have you chosen something so difficult!” The answer being “well I like a challenge” 🙂

OK, It has issues but at the start of this challenge I would never have dreamed of  attempting something like this – I’ve been very much inspired by the amazing art that all the other participants have been posting day after day on Leslie Saeta’s blog http://30paintingsin30days.weebly.com/blog Thank you Leslie so much, i’ve enjoyed my first time with this 30 in 30 challenge and will definitely participate again!

So here it is, acrylics on 6″ x 6″ canvas board

2016 is here!

Time to do my daily painting. I have to say here and now i’m not much of a painter but really want to improve, so here goes! I’ve signed up for the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge as run by Leslie Saeta. As inspiration I have also been reading the book Daily Painting – Paint Small and Often to Become a More Creative, Productive and Successful Artist by Carol Marine. I’m enjoying the book a lot, haven’t quite finished it yet.

I’ve decided that the first week will be devoted to experimental painting, I haven’t decided yet on themes for the following weeks.

Today’s painting is acrylic paint on 6″ x 6″ card and is really a kind of a loose sketch of something i’m working on that will be on a 20″ x 16″ canvas and in mixed media. It was me feeling my way into the work and trying different things. The final painting will no doubt be quite different but it was very useful to do a small version.

I was up early as always on the 1st January to spend the daylight hours birding, working on the year list. The weather was pretty grim, cold and windy but it has to be done. Ended the day on 53 species, the highlights being two Golden Eagles and three Snow Buntings.

Bit of a crummy phone pic – the waves looked way more impressive than this!

The crofter was busy on the beach collecting seaweed, it will be left in a big pile to rot then will be spread onto the crofter’s plot on the machair to fertilise his crops. This time of year there is always massive piles of seaweed after the winter storms – i’ve seen it 10 or more feet deep.