Dankeith House commissioned painting by Joan Ashcroft

My Latest Commisioned Painting – Dankeith House, Ayrshire, Scotland

I thought I’d share with you my latest commissioned painting of a country house called Dankeith House in Ayrshire. It’s is a place associated with fond memories for my client and his parents who received the painting as a surprise wedding anniversary gift.

It was created from a photograph which gave me a good reference for the painting. Slight adjustments were made to the composition in order to improve how the final painting would come together.

I wanted to create something that really focused on the building itself with the surrounding landscape complimenting it and something that would live up to the happy memories associated with house.

Here is the lovely thank you I received yesterday which really put a smile on my face….

“Hi Joan my mum and dad LOVED their painting! They were showing everyone who arrived with cards and gifts today. Thank-you so much again. They also thought it reflected how Dankeith house would have been in the distant past. Just awesome.” Kev O’Neil, Glasgow

Original landscape creation - timelapse video by Joan Ashcroft

Creating an Original Landscape

 

Now for something a little different…. how I create an original landscape.

Many people have asked over time how my paintings “come together.”

I thought I’d create a little time lapse video which shows a new painting of “Buachaille Etive Mor” in Glencoe coming together over a period of two days.

I thoroughly enjoyed creating this original landscape painting and hope you enjoy the video – It lasts under three minutes.

Please share with your friends or colleagues if you like it.

Joan x

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The Mountains and Lochs of Scotland – A Series of Paintings Coming Soon …..

Many of my Scottish landscape paintings to date have been inspired by the stunning beauty of rural Scotland, in particular its mountains, hills and lochs.

With this in mind, I have decided to create a new series of  Scottish landscape paintings that are dedicated to capturing these inspiring scenes on canvas.

Previous paintings of mine have included the tranquil Loch Linnhe and majestic Buachaille Etive Mor near Glencoe and the rolling Ochil Hills. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed painting them alland there are so many more scenes to choose from.

What breathtaking places have you visited in Scotland? Would they be  great places to include in my upcoming Lochs and Mountains of Scotland series? If so, why not send me a photo?

Any images used as a reference in the creation of a painting for my upcoming series will be entered into a prize draw and the winner will given a signed print of the original painting.

Please email your photos  to art@joanashcroft.com

Please share this with you friends on facebook or twitter if you get a moment. I’d really appreciate it.

Thanks for you help and good luck  with the prize draw!

P.S. Please note these photos must be your own and copyright free for me to be able to use them.

Entires close on April 31st 2013

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Day 7 of A Painting a Day for 7 Days

It took a very late shift to get the final painting done in time resulting in a forgetful brain which overlooked the fact that I hadn’t blogged about the final painting in the series – On My Way to Seamab.

This painting is of Ochil Hills near Muckhart (Clackmannanshire) and Glendevon and is a scene that I love to paint because it  brings back great memories of walks along these hilltops. The feeling up there is just magical.

I would highly recommend getting your walking boots on and making it up to the top of Seamab if you’re ever in the area, its more than worth it.

On My Way to Seamab, Ochil Hills, Clackmannanshire.

 

 

 

 

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A Painting a Day for 7 Days – Day 6

The painting I created on Day 6 is called A Stroll by the Sea and is a painting of Tentsmuir Beach in St Andrews, Scotland with the distant figure enjoying a moment of reflection.

A Stroll by the Sea

By Joan Ashcroft

Acrylic Painting on Stretched Canvas

40cm x 30cm

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A Painting a Day for 7 Days – Day 5

Day 5 – Loch Dunmore Reflections, Faskally Woods, Perthshire

The late autumn colours reflected in the loch and its wonderful tranquility caught my imagination.

It is a beautiful place to visit particularly at this time of year.

Loch Dunmore Reflections, Faskally Woods, Perthshire

By Joan Ashcroft

Acrylic Painting on Stretched Canvas

40cm x 30cm

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Day 4- Into Faskally Woods

Well, I’m over halfway now on my mission to create a painting a day for 7 days!

The painting for day 4 is called Into Faskally woods and was inspired by a recent afternoon walk there on a wonderful, sunny autumn day.

The picturesque woods lie just north of Pitlochry and surround Loch Dunmore, well worth a visit.

Into Faskally Woods

By Joan Ashcroft

Painting of Faskally Woods, Perthshire

Acrylic Painting on Stretched Canvas

30cm x 40cm

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Click here to find out more about FaskallyWoods

 

 

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A Painting a Day for 7 Days – Day 3

Day 3 Loch Morlich and the Cairngorms in Winter

Loch Morlich lies in the heart of the Cairngorms national park near Aviemore and is truly beautiful.

I hope have got even a little way towards doing it justice and I would like to thank Cameron Livingston, a very talented local photographer for supplying the photograph used as a reference for this painting.

Loch Morlich and the Cairngorms in Winter

By Joan Ashcroft

Acrylic Painting on Stretched Canvas

80cm x 30cm

£95

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A Painting a Day for 7 Days – Day 2

I managed to complete my painting for day 2 of my ‘A Painting a Day for 7 Days’ project.

It’s called The Forgotten Pier, Loch Leven and is a painting of a disused pier that my husband spotted off the island in  Loch Leven, Kinross

We took a boat across the Loch to the the small island on which Loch Leven Castle sits.

I’m sure the island has a lot of stories to tell because in 1567 Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned here for 1 year before she made her escape.

The Forgotten Pier (Loch Leven, Kinross, Scotland)

By Joan Ashcroft

Original Acrylic Painting

40cm x 30cm

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To find out more about Loch Leven Castle there is more on the Historic Scotland website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Painting a Day for 7 Days…. Day 1- Glen Etive, near Glencoe

Day 1-  Glen Etive, near Glencoe

The first painting in my “A Painting a Day for 7 Days” project is of Glen Etive, near Glencoe.

This is an area of Scotland which I find particularly captivating, with its imposing mountains and  atmospheric skies. It was the subject paintings in 2011 “Scottish Mountains in the Mist” and  earlier this year “Buachaille Etive Mor”.

This painting is based on an image captured by a very talented local photographer called Cameron Livingston who kindly gave me permission to create my own version on canvas.

I particularly love the movement of the water as it tumbles down the mountain side.

Glen Etive, Near Glencoe

By Joan Ashcroft

Original Acrylic Painting on Stretched Canvas

30cm x 40cm

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