7 September 2016

I'm Moving

I am moving my blog to WordPress so I won't be posting here any longer.

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See you soon.

T

11 May 2016

Apologies, but I have a very good reason...

I apologise for being quiet over the passed wee while and not replying to comments. Something extraordinary has happened here, in Scotland - it's sunny!
 I'm making the most of the good weather by spending all my time outside as this could be 2016's summer.
Normal service will resume when the weather changes back to normal.
Until then, I'm out drawing in the SUN!!!

Butterflies I, Wildlife Painting

Butterflies I, oil on board
I wanted to see if I could paint butterflies in oil, and here's the result. I enjoyed doing it so much, I painted a second one. I'll pop it in my next post.

9 May 2016

Out to Sea, Landscape Oil Paintings

Out to Sea, oil on canvas, 102 x 76 cm (40 x 30")
I painted this on a very large canvas, and had such fun doing it. I put on my favourite album - Kate Bush's The Kick Inside, and danced about with far too many paint brushes gripped in one hand while painting with the other. I had also just discovered the joys of Prussian Blue - there is a lot of it used.

The painting, a favourite of mine, hangs on the wall in my studio, and you can now but cards and prints through my shop. Visit here to find out more.

4 May 2016

Wester Ross Lochan, Watercolour Landscape Painting

Wester Ross Lochan, watercolour and felt pen on watercolour paper
This is one of my favourite watercolours. I love the way the browns (my least favourite colour) worked and the way the felt pen spread when I wet it.

Oh, and if you're wondering how to pronounce lochan, it's that Scottish ch sound from the back of the throat, like loch - a lochan is a tiny wee loch, by the way.

2 May 2016

Ancient Woods, Landscape Painting

Ancient Woods, chalk pastel on board
These redwoods are just north of San Francisco. I was there, at the Muir Woods National Monument,  a while back and took tonnes of photos. It really did feel as if you were back in time.

A wonderful ancient, peaceful place.

27 April 2016

Storm, Landscape Oil Painting

Storm, oil on canvas
This is one of my largest paintings at 120cm (47") wide. I love painting that size, and bigger, but not many people have the room for something so large.

25 April 2016

Snowshoe Hare, Wildlife Painting

Snowshoe Hare, chalk pastel on board
I painted this wee hare because, well, he was too cute not to. What more can I say?

I have prints and cards of him now as the original has sold. You can find them here.

Smokey Jura, Landscape Oil Painting

Smokey Jura, oil on canvas
This was a tiny wee painting. I started out painting murals, so working on something so small was a real challenge for me. It went well, I think, and the painting has sold.

Greetings cards of it are available through my website.

20 April 2016

Disney Mural



I was commissioned to paint a wee boy's bedroom - he was daft about Disney. The entire room was covered with Disney characters, the traditional ones.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and Winnie the Pooh were included too. Mickey's sparkles glowed at night.

18 April 2016

Inaccessible Temple Landscape Painting

Inaccessible Temple, chalk pastel on board.
I love using chalk pastels, especially iridescent ones. I've used them all over this painting, but annoyingly, you can't see them in photos - I've tried with several. They added a shimmer to the water in silvers, and depth in bronzes to the rocks.

Sorry for letting you know what you can't see.

I still wonder how anyone gets to the temple - I saw no boats.

13 April 2016

Kintra Beach, Islay Sunset Painting

Kintra Beach, Islay, oil on canvas
This painting, although quite small, took me a long time to do. It sat in an unfinished state for ages, drying, while I worked out what I was going to do with it.

After weeks, it came to me, and in a couple of minutes I completed it. The clouds had been too dark and where jumping out from the canvas - a few brushstrokes to calm them down, and it just worked, straight away.

I love it when a painting comes together like that.

11 April 2016

Cheetah Cub I, Wildlife Painting

Cheetah Cub I, chalk pastel on board
The original painting was of a cheetah family, the mother and 3 cubs. It was OK. But as time went on, I began to hate the way I had painted the mother, and the composition stopped working for me; so I cut it up.

I now have two cheetah cub paintings that I am much happier with. This is the first.

I'll post the second one at a later date.

4 April 2016

Sketch of Trees


I found myself with a little bit of free time, waiting for someone in the car; and what else could I do but get out my sketchbook?

I love this brush pen which allows me to play with different thicknesses of stroke as I work.

30 March 2016

Ignored, Cat Sketch

Ignored by a Cat, pencil on paper

This cat so pointedly wanted to be ignored, or do the ignoring, but I didn't oblige. A quick sketch couldn't be resisted.

28 March 2016

Beinn Damph, Scottish Landscape Painting

Beinn Damph, mixed media on board.
I wanted to experiment with this, and combined two of my favourite materials, gouache and chalk pastel.

23 March 2016

Goodbye Comfort Zone, Suilven Landscape Painting

Walk into Suilven, oil on canvas
I don't like brown. I really hate it. I never wear it. It's an old school uniform thing.

But while painting, I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone. So I got the brown paint out.
  • Burnt Umber
  • Raw Umber
  • Raw Sienna
  • Burnt Sienna (I quite like that one, actually)
  • Yellow Ochre (it was in my school tie, so it's still hard to stomache)

I mixed in blues and pinks while I was working, just to alleviate things and even scraped away paint with the hard end of my brush. This is what I came up with.

I'm not finding brown quite as offensive as I once did.

21 March 2016

Wild Azaleas, Landscape Painting

Wild Azaleas, chalk pastel on board
The first signs of spring after a bitter Korean winter - pink azalea flower. No leaves, just the flowers.

16 March 2016

Winter Korean Temple Sketch, Landscape Painting

Winter Korean Temple Sketch, chalk pastel on board
When I look at paintings I have finished, they take me back to the moment I worked on them. It could be a piece of music I was listening to at the time, the struggle I had to create what I wanted, or in this case, the experiences I had in the place I was working.

The bitter, bitter Korean winter was nearly over, and at last, I was able to sit outside to draw without freezing. I headed up into the hills not far from Busan, to the tranquil setting of one of South Korea's many, many Buddhist temples. Enjoying the peace, I settled myself down, with all my materials around me and nearly keeled over with fright when morning prayers began. Far from being calming, they were being broadcast deafeningly over a crackly tanoy, its speakers attached to trees all round me. The sound was bouncing off all the hills and echoing for miles. It was loud.

I worked through it, giving up on listening to my iPod. After 45 minutes, silence descended and I began to work. The monks left me to it, except when wordlessly plying me with coffee and, bizarrely, gobstoppers. 

I loved Korea's temples, and would visit and draw them many times over, at many different times of the year.

9 March 2016

Bluebell Sunrise, Landscape Painting

Bluebell Sunrise, oil on canvas
One of my favourite subjects - bluebells. This painting has sold, but you can find prints and cards at http://www.tracyharrisonbutler.gallery/land_tracy_butler_bluebell_sunrise.htm.

7 March 2016

Cherry Blossoms and Hazel Wood, Springtime in Korea, Landscape Painting

Blossoms and Hazel, chalk pastel on board

I painted this in South Korea after experiencing my first extremely cold Korean winter - everything I looked at was brown.

Just as thought I was never going to see colour again, spring arrived; there was still no greenery, but flowers erupted out of nowhere. Deep pink wild azaleas, cream magnolias yellow hazel wood and clouds of cherry blossoms lining roads and filling parks. Spring was on its way.

This painting has sold but you can buy prints and cards through Tracy Butler Art.

29 February 2016

Winter Wolf 3, Wildlife Painting

Work in progress 5

Winter Wolf, chalk pastel on board, 38 x 39.5cm

Finished, and I've included my first ever video of my work too! Winter wolf is for sale on both Etsy and Folksy.

17 February 2016

Art Materials

As you can see from my blog title, I have changed the picture from a selection of my paintings to my work space - I thought you might like to see what I work with.


Moments after I took the photo, I had a barrier to my work. No surprise really, I had set a cat trap - an open box just begging to be filled.

15 February 2016

10 February 2016

Greetings Cards - Sold Out

I've just had a new experience. In one go, on Etsy, I sold all my sunset cards, to the same person. And I don't mean one of each. I am completely cleaned out. I'm delighted, but that's not what has put a smile on my face.

The cards are going to be used as part of their wedding. Truly heart warming.

6 February 2016

Proud Peacock, gouache on watercolour paper
I love peacocks, and had just got my hands on a new medium (for me), gouache. This was the result. He has already sold, yay, but cards are available here.

3 February 2016

Snowdrop Carpet

Snowdrop Carpet, oil on canvas
Cambo Estate in Fife is famous for it's snowdrops. They are spectacular, and a joy to paint.

Snowdrops anywhere, signal the beginning of the end of winter. I love seeing them as they give me such a positive lift. Spring is on it's way!

The original has now sold, but you buy prints and cards on Etsy and Folksy.

1 February 2016

Loch Assynt Winter

Loch Assynt Winter, watercolour and felt pen on watercolour paper

I decided to do a bit of experimenting with this wintery painting, and used a water based felt pen to draw out my image first. As it wasn't permanent, as soon as my watercolours hit the pen, it spread in all sorts of directions and in different shades of blue and purple. I loved working this way - it was so unpredictable.

I took this painting into my framer to frame, and he promptly bought it. I still have cards available on Etsy and Folksy.

28 January 2016

Introduction to Traditional Media: Acrylics

I've written my final article in the series Introduction to Traditional Media for Tuts+.

I've loved every minute of writing all five of them, and hope to do more in the future - I'll keep you up to date.

Tiger Bright

This last one is on acrylics, and can be read here.

25 January 2016

Bluebell Stroll

Bluebell Stroll. Oil on canvas.

Scotland explodes with colour in the spring, not with cherry blossom, but with bluebells. The countryside, in amongst the woods and trees, is awash with blue and purple. It's an amazing sight.
This painting is of a wood near where I lived in Glasgow in Pollok Country Park. It is also the park where some of Outlander was filmed.

The original painting has now sold, but you can find prints and greetings cards on Etsy and Folksy.

22 January 2016

Local Art Club Demonstration

I was asked to demonstrate painting in chalk pastel at an art club, and found it a very nerve racking experience.

I decided to work on another howling wolf (I'll be posting its progress later on) as I feel very relaxed with the subject as I figured work working while others watched could be a bit uncomfortable. I realised that I would have to talk as I painted too.

My set up at the demo - I even brought my own easel.
I really enjoyed it. Only a few had worked in chalk pastel before and as a result I had a lot of questions which was brilliant. The time flew, and I had a lot of positive feedback. I was even happy with the result.

It was a good experience.

19 January 2016

Acers in Autumn

Acers in Autumn. Chalk pastel on mount board.
I lived for many years in South Korea, and it had 4 very distinct seasons. I have never experienced cold like I did in the winter. Spring was beautiful with cherry blossoms everywhere. Summer brought stifling humidity and typhoons (which were really scary). Autumn was stunning with warm, comfortable weather and every autumn colour you can imagine on every tree; burgundies, bright reds, oranges, golden yellows all set against cloudless blue skies.

I spent a lot of time in Gyeongiu, Korea's original captial, amongst it's temples and monuments painting and drawing. What a pleasure. This is where I worked on the original pastel painting of acers in autumn.

The original painting has sold, but prints and cards are still available on Etsy and Folksy.

15 January 2016

National Trust for Scotland Commission

I was commissioned to paint the house and gardens at the Scottish National Trust's Greenbank Garden by the Trust as a gift for their retiring manager...






 I had forgotten how much I love architecture. Watch this space for more architecture paintings...

12 January 2016

Scottish Highland Cow

Highland Cow, chalk pastel on board
If you are not from Scotland, Highland Cows are an unusual sight. They are huge, hairy (very), long horned (at all sorts of angles), come in a reddy brown blonde colour or black and rarely seem to move. I often wonder how they see (their hair falls over their eyes), but the calves are super cute.

This painting has sold, but you can buy prints and greetings cards through my shops on Etsy and Folksy.

I plan on doing a series of paintings. Watch this space.

8 January 2016

Koi Carp

Koi Carp painted using chalk pastel on pastel paper.
I've just sold this painting. I'm sorry to see it go, I have to admit.