“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ....Oscar Wilde

Friday, 9 December 2016

Inspiration... Slate Painting for PPF

Do you find inspiration in the strangest and most unexpected of places. 
It can sometimes just hit you when you least expect it.
Well, that's exactly what happened to me today.
I hadn't had time to create any artwork this week and was feeling a little disappointed, but I had managed to tick off quite a few jobs off my Christmas to-do list. 
As I was putting things away in the studio, I saw this blackboard pussy cat chalk image hanging on the back of the door. 
It's an old drawing that my daughter had done and left behind. 

It got me thinking about the black background and I thought I'd like to try painting on a roof slate.
We have had lots of roof tiles changed on the house, since we came home and the surplus are sitting around... just waiting to be painted!
I didn't have much time today to start painting, but I did start and I'm quite excited about the effect.
It's a follow on to the snow scene that I did a few weeks ago.
I hope to finish it over the weekend.
I'll be adding the progress here over the next few days. 
Have you found inspiration in an unexpected place?
As usual I'm linking up with Paint Party Friday
Thanks once again Eva and Kristin for hosting the link up your great inspirational blog.

I hope you have had a great week and are ready for the weekend ahead.
Thanks for your visit and I hope to see you again soon.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Through My Lens... Goldfinches feeding and fighting

As I've mentioned before I love to feed the wild birds and today I thought I'd show you a brief glimpse of the usual shenanigans that go on at just one of my feeders.
This feeder is a favourite of the Goldfinches.
There are so many visiting our place now... I've actually counted a flock of 32 at one stage. 
The birds obviously approve of the sunflower hearts.
I have to replenish the feeder daily because they are hungry little b*****'s!
The sunflower hearts are an excellent source of energy and because they have been striped of their    husks, they are cleaner and an excellent souce of energy.
It can all start off quite polite and genial, but then it can suddenly go pear-shaped. 
Someone might be taking too long on the perch or pushing in unannounced... then it all kicks off!
Feathers fly!
There really isn't any need for this nonsense, because I have three other feeding areas dotted around the house... all with numerous types of various food.
You may notice that the field behind is covered in frost.
That's because we woke up to -5C this morning. 
Yes, that's not a typo... its a minus!
It's barely risen above minus degrees all day and now it's actually dropping once again, so no wonder the little birds are panicking and eating for all their worth.
They actually have to eat 30% of their body weight in order to survive. 
Which reminds me I must put in another order for more seed soon. 
Here's another of my little visitors.
The robin.
We currently have four dotted around, but this one seems to be extremely camera shy. 
This happens to be the nearest that I've ever been able to photograph him.
Sometimes, I think he's just toying with me because he can come and sit right where I've been, as soon as I leave. I'm determined to get a good photo of him one day.
Wish me luck...
And finally some visitors who have decided to stay nearby for the time being.
I know realise that geese can be incredibly vociferous!
I'm thankful that they haven't found my seed yet.

I'm linking up with Mersad's Through My Lens.
There's lots of great photographers over there if you want to visit then click here
I hope your Monday has gone well and the week just gets better.
Have fun and I hope to see you again soon

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Christmas Pud Painting

There has been an incredible amount of sport on in our place this weekend, which is just the motivation and incentive that I need.
No not to get physical, fit or anything along those lines... now that would be too much to ask. 
It just means that I have no excuse but to play with my paints to my hearts content!

 Don't ask me why I chose to paint Christmas puds because firstly, I've just finished eating a huge Sunday roast dinner and secondly, I don't even eat Christmas puds! 
Do you ever have that happen... that you get and idea and just have to go with it when there's really no logic to it? 
I'm going to link up with Alexandra over at her Blue Chair Diary blog today.
Alexandra is creating illustrations for her very own Christmas Illo Advent and she has some fantastic cute illustrations.
It's not the best time of day to take photographs, but then it's dark by 4pm at the moment, so there's not many hours of daylight in which to capture an image. 
I've tried to be loose with this painting... something I find very hard to do. 

I hope you've had a great weekend and are ready for a fun packed week ahead.
Thanks for your visit and I hope to see you again soon.

My Sunday Photo... Hygge Home

It's time for the boxes containing our Christmas decorations to emerge from the dark depths of the attic.
I'm not sure that I'm ready for this, but if I don't start to get my act together soon, then it'll be Easter before I know it!
We do have the odd decoration dotted about already, but that's more in keeping with embracing the 'hygge' way of life. 
It’s a lovely word which translates into English as 'cosiness'
We are certainly enjoying having a hygge home
'Hygge' is a Danish word pronounced 'hoo-ga'
Denmark is regularly voted one of the happiest countries in the world, so maybe there's something in this new trend. 
I apologise for the poor quality of this photograph, but I wanted to give you the full effect.
Candles, cosy fires, fairy lights, warm slippers, fur cushions and throws, a glass of red wine and of course the fluffy dog! 
So do you have a 'hugge' home or are you all decked out for the Christmas festivities?

As usual I'm linking up this Sunday with Photalife 
Maybe I'll see you over there?
Have a great Sunday and thanks for visiting my place.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Robin Red Breast... PPF

There's nothing quite like the song of a robin... it's something quite beautiful and enchanting. 
I missed both the bird and it's song a great deal when I lived overseas. 
They are such a cute bird and sound amazing, with their little bobbing movement on such spindly legs, but there is a dark side to them. 
They are extremely territorial birds and will fight quite fiercely to protect their patch. 
We have four robins that visit our feeding stations, that are dotted around our property, but even though there is plenty of food available... sometimes the feathers fly.

Nothing shouts 'Christmas' more than seeing a robin on the bare frosty branch of a tree, but as you can see out of my window... we're in the middle of a grey, misty, foggy day.
I can't complain because we have had a fabulous, bright, sunny week up until now. 
Due to the weather being so good, I did manage to spend a few hours outside tidying the garden with a very attentive robin watching my every move. 
I tried desperately to capture a photograph of him...  but he's incredibly camera shy!
So I had to paint him instead. 
(I took inspiration from Anna Mason over at her blog... I can highly recommend that you take a peep at her beautiful website). 

I'm ashamed to say that this is the only Christmas card that I've produced so far... and that bow by the way, is only balanced on the top. It won't be appearing on the actual card... I know so tardy it's untrue. 
I'm trying to get into the swing of things and have requested the boxes of decorations to be brought out of the loft... so that's a start.
Are you all festive and ready to go?  

As usual I'll be linking up with Paint Party Friday
Have a wonderful week everyone.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

My Sunday Photo... Woodland Walk

The light seems to play such a huge part in our lives at this time of the year. 
Whether it's the lack of it light with the shorter days or that when it does shine it hangs so low in the sky, casting it's long shadows. 
We have had incredible sunrises, which we can witness without having to set the alarm clocks to an unearthly hour... and the sunsets have been spectacular. 
It's an incredible time for photographers to get out and enjoy.

This photo was snapped whilst walking my dog in the local woods. 
The forest floor is completely covered with leaves, which seem to cushion each footstep... like walking on a sprung floor. 
The colours are spectacular especially in the beautiful sunlight.

I'm linking up with Photalife once again and Mersad's Photography - Through a lens
Thank you for your visit and I hope that maybe you'll join me over at my new website
I've still got lots to workout and it's really pushing my technical abilities to the limit, but hopefully I'll get there. It's a good mental workout for sure.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone

Friday, 25 November 2016


Good morning everyone from a beautiful crisp Aberdeenshire in Bonnie Scotland! 
It may be cold outside (minus 6 when I first woke up to be precise) but it's bright, sunny and looking beautiful.
This week I was determined to have a completed piece of artwork to share 
I know I should have warned you and checked if you were sitting down first... but I've actually managed to finish something!
What more could be in fitting with all the festivities happening at this time of year, than to have a gorgeous poinsettia to add such a fantastic pop of colour.

I thought you might like to see it's progression and therefore show the first stages of under painting.
The wise owl is keeping an eye on my work and making sure I do a good job.

Here's the final piece with gold embellishments, although I'm not too sure that they show up very well in this photo.
Very festive huh?

Anyway that's it for today as that amazing sunlight is inspiring me to get busy.
Not sure with what just yet, but I'm sure I'll come up with something!
I'm also linking up with Sunday Sketches
But one more thing before I go...

Drum roll please...
... I have some exciting news!
I have launched a new website Denise Allan that I'd love you to visit, because quite frankly I'd hate to be over there all alone.
'Neesie Natters' has been brilliant for the last ten years
(which quite frankly I can't believe it's been that long since I started blogging)
but I felt it was time to come into the light with my own website.
I will miss certain aspects on this page and therefore I'll run the two in conjunction initially, because quite frankly I'm really nervous about this change.
Neesie Natters previous posts are all over there along with your comments, so you'll feel at home.
I just hope it all works and I can continue to be your friend and have our chats.

I'll pop the kettle on and hope to see you over there...
Click here to be transported

Saturday, 19 November 2016

My Sunday Photo... Sunset (again)

I'm away yet again this weekend and therefore didn't think that I'd be posting. But how could I refuse to share this stunning sunset! I'm linking up to the My Sunday Photo over at Photalife
Have fun everyone and thanks for stopping by. 
I'll return the compliment as soon as I can. 

Friday, 18 November 2016

Snowy scene (wip)... PPF

We've woken up to a white wonderland this morning. 
No snow, but Jack Frost came to visit during the night... so everything is covered with white dust and twinkling in the sunlight. 
A perfect morning.
The current temperature as I type is -3 degrees celcius! 
So it's appropriate perhaps that my wip is a wintery scene.
I'm sorry that it's still a wip, but I just can't seem to find enough time these days to complete a piece of work in one go! 
There has been a major leaf clearing exercise... I adore having so many mature trees around us, but the downside is the amazing amount of leaves that fall.
Anyway, that's my brief post for today because I'm off for a girlie weekend!
Have fun and enjoy your weekend.
Thanks for visiting and I hope to catch up with you soon.
In the meantime, I'm linking up with the Paint Party Friday and Sunday Sketches

Sunday, 13 November 2016

My Sunday Photo... a last fling

Today was a beautiful day and one for getting outdoors and enjoying it even if it meant raking up fallen leaves. 
I do have a leaf blower, but I thought I'd have the satisfaction of a good workout. 
Two birds with one stone and all that.
But as usual I got distracted... the robin watching with keen interest at my handywork... ready to scoop anything of interest. 
The geese flying overhead... the few clouds drifting across the sky and of course all of the plants putting on the finale. There blooms still bright and catching the sunlight.
I thought I'd just randomly take a few shots to let you see what's still adding a splash of colour.

There were lots more but I was supposed to be doing a job after all.
Maybe I'll snap a few more tomorrow if the weather stays good. 
I hope you liked them...
I'm linking them to the My Sunday Photo over at Photalife
Mersad's through my lens
and Wednesday (On Tuesday at image-in-ing)
Have fun everyone and enjoy those beautiful autumn colours.
Thanks for your visit and I hope to see you again soon.
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