Friday, 16 November 2018

2019 calendar + Christmas cards - order now


My 2019 calendar is available to order. 
Spiral-bound, 21x30cm closed, 42x30cm open.

£10 per copy, plus postage 
- posted in time for Christmas.

Get in touch by email or through my website or Facebook or Twitter



seven snow hares

winter deer

Cards are 5x7inch. Blank inside so not just for Christmas. Envelope is white.

- £1.50 per card
- £12 for 5 of each design
- £20 for 10 of each design
+ postage

Again, get in touch by email or through my website or Facebook or Twitter

Buy the paintings:
These two new 15x21cm acrylic paintings (seven snow hares and winter deer) are available to purchase in Edinburgh at Open Eye Gallery's On A Small Scale exhibition until 22nd December 2018. 
Contact the gallery on 0131 557 1020 or

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Scotland by Rail, Far North Line - Forsinard Flows RSPB nature reserve

** This is the second of five or six Scotland by Rail blog posts in which I'll write about a week exploring from Helmsdale Station self-catering on Scotland's beautiful Far North Line **

RSPB Forsinard Flows nature reserve:

Hope you can read my writing! It's non-joined-up so you've better chance than normal:

RSPB Forsinard Flows visitor centre - note the shade of paint is RSPB blue not ScotRail blue

The Far North Line, picturesque

crossing the rails for an hour on a bog in heavy rain

the lookout, middle distance left

Looking out over the flows

soggy for humans, brilliant for wildlife

in the Lookout, three swallow nests, droppings below

droppings below balcony handrail - meaning birds roost here, probably the swallows. Two were flying around outside

figure in the Flows

RSPB Forsinard Flows, two swallows, watercolour, 15x21cm

RSPB Forsinard Flows, watercolour, 15x21cm

Have you spotted flycatcher?

it's here too

visitor centre Flows painting

in the visitor centre, golden plover

drying off with hot drinks and biscuits whilst watching an excellent 20 minute Flows filmshow

whilst feeding a baby


How to get there:

Trains to Helmsdale take just over two and a half hours from Inverness and an hour and a quarter from Thurso. There are currently four trains a day on weekdays and Saturdays and one a day on Sundays.

Click 'The Highlands then North Highlands Timetable and 'Buy Tickets' on ScotRail website.

Many thanks to ScotRail for enabling and supporting my ongoing Scotland by Rail work. 

Thursday, 1 November 2018

online sale - 7 paintings for Scotland's animals

Recently mum and I took part in Art For Animalsraising funds for Scottish charity OneKind who do brilliant work campaigning and educating to end cruelty to Scotland's animals. Unfortunately the venue cut the exhibition short so we've decided now to put our remaining pieces back on sale through this blog and our social media pages. As in the exhibition 30% of all sales will go to OneKind.

If you're interested in owning one of these original artworks and helping the work of OneKind please send either of us a private message via facebook or the Contact page on my website. Many thanks.

Susan Smith

hare & poppies
oil on canvas

meadow hare
oil on canvas

raven heights
oil on canvas


Leo du Feu

brown hare
acrylic on deep panel
£300 (includes UK postage)

acrylic on deep panel
£300 (includes UK postage)

acrylic on deep panel
£300 (includes UK postage)

mountain hare
acrylic on deep panel
£300 (includes UK postage)

Linlithgow Gazette article:

The following article is reproduced here courtesy of Linlithgowshire Journal and Gazette, originally published Friday October 19th, 2018: