I know..It’s been an age since I last wrote a blog post for you all. It’s not because I haven’t wanted to. If you have been following me for a while you will know that I love writing and I love sharing my thoughts with you, but alas business has taken over and has been consuming most of my time. There is so much to tell you, but first thing is first.. How are all of you? It feels so lovely to finally connect with you again. You, my precious customers and followers, who cared enough to press that Subscribe for Latest Posts button. It is people like you who enable me to continue living my dream and who enable me thrive and flourish in this far north landscape.
This far north landscape happens to be very cold today. I have just made an icy and somewhat perilous journey from Wick to John O’Groats to mind our new gallery which we opened in June of this year. I, and several others formed a co-operative and have opened a lovely, bright, airy venue where we can not only sell our artwork and creative products, but represent other Scottish talent too. It’s all been very exciting…and busy, hence why I haven’t had a moment to write or reflect. John O’Groats gets busier and busier as the North Coast 500 route attracts more folk to the area. And rightly so. Caithness, for far too long, has been overlooked and passed by. Now people are starting to sit up and take note of all the beauty that Caithness has to offer..And I couldn’t be more delighted. Yes, in the summer, I may no longer get the beaches to myself, but at this time of year it is only the most hardiest of travellers who grace our shores and landscape, which means the ‘assistant’ and I get to go for long, lonely walks again.
What does this all mean for me? Well, this year was fantastic. It was lovely to get more exposure and, of course, more sales. It seems John O’Groats is the right place to be, and at the right time. I have expanded my product range to include gift items, and I have plans to expand it even further. In January, I will attend my first Scottish Trade Fair in Glasgow with these products, which will hopefully see Haven House Art in a lot more outlets. Look out for them across Scotland soon, and perhaps nationwide soon after.
At times it has almost felt as if I can’t keep up with the ball that is rolling. At times like that I just have to ground myself and get back to the painting. That is my joy, my love and my reason for everything. If I can’t do that I lose myself. That and immersing myself in this beautiful landscape. Speaking of which, I have found myself a new Scottish haven, one which I cannot wait to return to. Harris, on the Outer Hebrides, is an amazing place that speaks to my soul. The landscape is literally out of this world with its rocky barren terrain that is like being on the moon and its glorious beaches, friendly locals and fascinating wildlife, such as sea eagles, golden eagles and whales. I recommend a visit if you haven’t been. This trip to Harris inspired a complete series of new paintings, which I will be adding to my website soon, but here is a sneak peak of one of them –
Haven House the cottage is still standing strong on the cliffs. We have been battered by high winds and a lot of rain lately, that have caused some landslides in places around Wick, but as my husband keeps telling me everyone time I peer out of the window with trepidation, our house is built on solid rock. She continues to inspire me and create a lovely space of refuge where I can create in peace and serenity. I really do have the best view 🙂 If you wish to visit me at the cottage, I am now open by appointment. Just send me a message and I will happily share my view with you, for a few minutes only mind!
It really has been lovely to reconnect with you all. Know that I am always here, painting away, following my heart. Everyday I wake up and give thanks that I had the courage to listen to my heart. The corporate life that I lived is all but a distant memory. The feelings of being trapped and not fully myself are gone. I was like a little bird in a cage who wanted so desperately to fly but couldn’t. Now I am soaring and doing exactly what I should be doing and being exactly who I should be and I give thanks for that and I thank you for being part of the journey.
Remember to check out my new Shop section of my website. It’s not all about paintings, there are gift items in there too, and remember I have an annual calendar that is now available for 2018.
Thank you for reading this Scottish artist’s ramblings. If you enjoyed please feel free to let me know via email, and you never know it may encourage me to connect with you more often!
Have a lovely Christmas when it comes…
Inspiring Art from the Heart of the Scottish Highlands