Over the past couple of weeks I have worked on a painting of the Pentland Hills in the snow. It got me thinking about what it takes to call a painting "finished". What goes into a painting/piece of art? It is something that I have always been very conscious of and yet all anyone else gets to see is the product. Of course when you look at a piece of art, you can imagine the paint being sloshed around and have an idea of the process. However, that is only the tip of the iceberg.
I have some amazing patrons out there who have supported my work in a number of ways. They have bought cards, mugs, original works, they have shared my website with friends, recommended me for commissions and liked the Facebook page (Macleod Art by the way). They are the financial fuel that keeps the work flowing, the mental encouragement telling me that art connects with hearts, whether through memories or hopes, beauty or atmosphere. So to those of you out there who have supported in this way (or those wishing to), let me tell you that your investment is greater than some oil on canvas.
This is just a snap shot of the person behind the painting. Some folk chuck paint at paper on the floor whilst listening to jazz, others sit in their dressing gowns, talk to the house rabbit and dither about how white the white paint is.