Monday, 4 September 2017

Open Studio, September 2017

Thank you everyone who attended Central Fife Open Studios this weekend. Thanks for helping eat my home-baking and for lots of lovely chats. Here's a selection of what was on the walls. Let me know if you'd like to view front-on, no-reflection images of anything.

How many places do you recognise?  :)


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Edinburgh Festival exhibition at Scottish Arts Club, August 2017

Visit my exhibition at the Scottish Arts Club throughout the 2017 Edinburgh Festival.

24 Rutland Square

Until 2nd September

Exhibitions are visitable Tues - Sat, 11 - 5. When you get to the front door you normally have to ring for entry - don't be scared! It's open to all and is free.

Entering the Club my exhibition is down the stairs on your right, in the Geddes Gallery. It's a small space so I'm displaying a collection of unframed artworks from my nature & wildlife explorations around the country. Almost all were painted/sketched from life, out in the landscape. Most are previously unexhibited. Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access down these stairs.

Different exhibitions are on each floor of the Club so please take time to have a full nosey. There are Frances Macdonald's richly textured coastal oils, Canadian landscapes from Alfred G. Villeneuve, a cabinet of curiosities by Fiona Dean and from 11th Aug also the wooden sculptures of Teresa Hunyadi. The Club is a Festival Fringe Venue, to see what else is happening click here.

My exhibition & how to purchase
For those who aren't able to get to Edinburgh this post shows the artworks and price list.

If you wish to make a purchase please call the Club on 0131 229 8157 or email to make sure it hasn't already sold and to arrange payment.

If you wish to see higher res images of any artworks please let me know which via my website or my Facebook Artist Page.

About the Club
The Scottish Arts Club is a very special retreat in the centre of Edinburgh. A relaxing place to be with a very friendly membership. Exhibitions are held every month as well as talks, recitals, concerts, lots of art workshops and more. There's an excellent restaurant for lunches and evening meals.

If you're interested in becoming a Member of the Club please ask a member of staff or contact them using the methods above. Under-35s receive special membership rates. More info here.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Scotland by Rail - Ayr - Maclaurin Art Gallery, Tam O' Shanter, Laura Marling

An afternoon trip to Ayr, departing Burntisland 10.44am, arriving Ayr 1.53pm. Glasgow in the evening for Laura Marling.

The journey from Glasgow Central to Ayr is interesting (they all are) for its initial view over the River Clyde as your train exits Central Station, its views of old industry, of rolling farmland, of the wildfowl havens around RSPB Lochwinnoch (swans, goldeneye, mallard, tufted duck...), then coastal Irvine, Troon, Prestwick, Ailsa Craig far off, Holy Isle and Arran even further beyond that.

on-train sketches, pen in sketchbook

on-train sketches, pen in sketchbook

Reaching Ayr we refilled flask at the on-platform coffee booth then explored to the shore, knowing the right general direction but not using any map. A great sweep of sand runs off to the south ending in cliffy Heads of Ayr and the Carrick Hills above. The tower ruin of Greenan Castle is tempting me back.

The Ayrshire Coastal Path is here, running south to Glenapp and north to Largs. We followed only one of its eighty or more miles, a substantial path through remnants of scrubby dune. My first singing stonechat of the year was there in the gorse. A female was close by, closely watching her potential mate.

looking to Greenan Castle

Greenan Castle, pen in sketchbook

there's a stonechat somewhere in there

A stream crosses your path just after a lovely area of boggy grassland on your left. Go upriver here with stream on your right, new houses on your left. Birds were singing loud, telling that spring had sprung. Greenfinch, goldfinch, chaffinch, sparrow, thrush, robin. The little path emerges onto a busy A road - A719. Cross over and straight into the woodland of Belleisle Estate and golf course.

Coming soon to the currently fenced grand house pass behind it to an obvious signposted path leading over the golf course to another busy road, B7024. Cross the road and enter the next wooded estate - Rozelle. In here is Rozelle House and Maclaurin Art Gallery and tea rooms. The gallery was the reason we'd come to Ayr, to see Alexander Gaudie's seriously impressive series of 54 large-scale paintings depicting Robert Burns' Tam o' Shanter. You can see the whole collection in a very nicely presented book published by Birlinn.

Upstairs was a smaller exhibition of Alexander's son Lachlan Goudie's work, a small selection of local history exhibits and a small Henry Moore bronze.


Rozelle House

After the exhibition we explored Rozelle Park woods then back across the golf course and to the station, this time meandering along residential streets, enjoying discussing hedges and hedge choices and lamenting the spots where they've been replaced by fence, slab, gravel.

While we're at it, planting a hedge is a really valuable and satisfying thing to do for nature, have a go, ideas here. Why not Take the Hedge Pledge each March to August. Encourage friends and neighbours to do the same.


Glasgow - Laura Marling

In the evening we were at the O2 ABC in Glasgow seeing Laura Marling touring her new album Semper Femina.


How to get there

Trains to Ayr take about an hour from Glasgow Central and run half-hourly. For full details check 'Ayrshire, Inverclyde & Stranraer Timetable' and 'Buy Tickets' options on ScotRail website.

Many thanks ScotRail for enabling my Scotland by Rail work.