Eye on Scotland

Hellooooooo friends!!! Hope this blog post finds you well. If anyone is wondering that I’ve forgotten about Music Mondays, I assure you that I haven’t! They will return shortly. I’ve just been getting back into the art modeling groove, booking jobs, and trying to make sure that my schedule is in order. I’ll be working for the first time later this month at the 92ndStY and some other new gigs, along with the old staples like the National Academy, FIT, and Spring Studio.

Tomorrow is the big referendum in Scotland in which the good people of that beautiful country will vote “Yes” or “No” for independence from the United Kingdom. I’ve been following the story mostly on Twitter where it has dominated the trending topics list for weeks, packed with photos, live tweets of rallies, opinion pieces, analysis, and hashtags galore. Alex Salmond, leader of the Scottish National Party, has been leading the charge and proponents of both sides of the issue have been passionately outspoken. Like, really outspoken! This is truly historic stuff and with reports of extremely close poll numbers, it’s impossible to predict the outcome.

Since this blog receives many visitors from the UK, I thought I’d do my humble part and offer a bit of painting to mark this hugely consequential event. This is To Pastures New by Scottish artist James Guthrie, from 1882. I suspect the geese are voting “Yes”, but I’m not sure. Just a hunch 😉


12 thoughts on “Eye on Scotland

  1. It’s kinda nice how passionate everyone has become – I just wish there was less name calling, though. Oh well. Either way, I suspect that folks have learned that you can debate politics online, you can complain about media coverage if it’s unfair, you can change things if there is enough of you – either way, I suspect on friday we will wake up to a world that’s both very different and very similar . . .

    • artmodel says:


      Well said. The power of social media is apparent during occasions like this. All people can be engaged to varying degrees and those of us who are mere observers can read, watch, and learn.

      Thanks for your comments. Good to hear from you!


  2. Eric Clayton says:

    Hi Claudia,
    When you mentioned Scotland and Music Monday I had this thought that you were going to play some bagpipe music.

  3. Lynn says:

    I’m certainly glad I’m not Scots. Don’t know how I’d vote. From this side of the Atlantic, I can see both sides of the issue.

    • artmodel says:


      Yes, I too can see both sides of the issue. I’d certainly never tell people in another country how to vote for their future, but the debate has been fascinating to follow.

      Thanks for your comments!


  4. Lynn says:

    Oops! Forgot to say how much I love the girl’s face and hat in Guthrie’s painting: Her face is so expressive despite the viewer being able to see so little of it. And her hat and its blue hat ribbon makes for a great color contrast to her drab garg.

  5. patricknicholas says:

    the geese will vote ‘yes’ because they are birdbrained?

    • artmodel says:


      I didn’t mean it that way! I was kidding around because the painting title is about moving on to new pastures. Or maybe they are just birdbrained and can’t read the ballot? 😆

      Thanks for your comment!


  6. Bill says:

    It’s funny — I can’t get away from these issues. I’m an American — but my ancestry is Scottish on my father’s side and French-Canadian on my mother’s. The folks in Quebec often push for independence — and now they’ve had this Scottish movement.

    My solution is to have the English vote for independence. It would have been much more efficient (rather than having all of the other countries — the U.S., India, etc. — do it separately) and had the same effect, no? 🙂

    • artmodel says:


      Interesting take! The Scotland “Yes” movement couldn’t pull it off this time. I’m surprised it wasn’t closer. Polls can be misleading. Maybe you should lead an independence movement, Bill, since you’ve got it in your blood and are surrounded by the ghost of John Adams up there in Boston 🙂

      Thanks for your comments!


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