So we’re getting snow next week and yet our garden still seems to think it’s autumn. Still I’m not complaining as we have some beautiful acers in our garden and this time of year is when they are at their best… oh and we’ve got mushrooms growing in the garden!
Seems a bit mean of me to mention an exhibition I’ve recently been to when it’s now ended but I am only just catching up with blog posts following a lovely relaxing holiday / research visit to Scotland.
Our main destination was Glencoe with stopovers in Glasgow and Edinburgh and it was whilst in Edinburgh that we stopped off to visit the Peter Doig exhibition at the National Gallery. It is the other half who is the fan of Doig but I was pretty taken with the size of the works and the intense colours, in particular the indigo blues which were amazing. But then again you can’t go wrong with large canvases and intense colours!
The subject matter didn’t appeal to me as much as the use of colours and the dribbles which was fantastic to see as I’d dabbled in a bit of dribbling myself – see Mickleden Valley. I also loved the way with Figures in a Red Boat that the paint was allowed to bleed into the linen canvas… such a subtle effect and very subdued colours with this painting.
All in all it was an interesting exhibition to visit but mainly for me it was the painting techniques and use of colour that I appreciated the most…. it also reminded me that I needed to make more time for exhibitions!
Don’t you just love exploring and discovering new places? Well that’s exactly what we were doing in Edinburgh last week when we were staying in an area we weren’t familiar with, Stockbridge, and discovered all sorts of wonderful cafes, shops and galleries.
The first gallery we walked into was Alpha Art and it was the morning after the preview of Jack Frame’s exhibition with them. We weren’t familiar with his work but one of his paintings, like the piece shown to the left, was hanging in the gallery window.
I have to admit I never thought I would be so taken with the use of gold leaf and silver leaf in paintings but this this works so wonderfully,deliciously well in his blossom series. He also paints his trees with a more traditional landscape background which have a beautiful high gloss finish to them with a tinge of sepia from the shellac.
Such a find this gallery but also to discover another artist which we love so much… so much so we purchased this little painting which we are absolutely in love with. Now to find a place to hang it…. doh so many lovely paintings and not enough wall space!
So if you are in Edinburgh do take a stroll around Stockbridge and marvel at the beautiful architecture, have a bite to eat in Henri’s and take home some of their wonderful salted butter… !!!
…I’m a little obsessed with this mountain they call Buchaille Etiv Mor! But you probably guessed that already given that it’s featured in at least 5 of my paintings…!
So I’m currently in Scotland researching for my next series of paintings and the place we are staying has the most fantastic views of the mountain ranges in Glen Coe.
We could literally stay in this cottage and watch the effects the weather has on the mountains. It is so stunning I’m a little worried that I may end up boring you all with painting after painting of snowy mountains, storm clouds over mountains and crepuscular rays beaming down onto mountains!
Aside from the stunning scenery we have seen so much wildlife including a red squirrel which nearly ended up being a squished squirrel – tufty and the green cross code springs to mind!
I generally like to make use of electronic mail as much as possible but nothing beats receiving the odd postcard, greetings card or even preview invitation in the mail. Well it’s getting to that time of year when I’m thinking about my next snail mail-out with this year’s Christmas greetings!
Oh I know it’s only October but I’ve already have this year’s Christmas card printed (oh I am soooo organised!) which features Buchaille Etiv Mor, a painting created for the Maiden Bridge Summer show.
So no cheeky red robins in sight I’m afraid… only gloomy, snow clad mountains from me! Want one? Then make sure you’re on my mailing list by clicking on the snail! Click on the snail… click on the snail…..
Well it only feels like a couple of days ago when we were setting up the exhibition at The Old Grammar School Gallery in Otley, wondering whether anyone would turn-up for the preview never mind consider buying a painting or two.
Sadly the exhibition is coming to an end but if you haven’t had chance to pop along then the exhibition will still be running until Monday 30 September and because it is the last Sunday of the month the gallery will also be open this Sunday for their indoor market.
A lot of the work has already sold but most of the paintings listed below are still on show and there are also some lovely new paintings in for Julia Odell’s exhibition starting next week.
So do pop along. The Old Grammar School Gallery is open from 10 am until 5 pm Monday – Saturday and for this Sunday only from 11 am until 4 pm.
If you do pop in mention to Zack that it would only be polite to let the featuring artist keep the advertising banner after the show… oh and I wouldn’t mind one of the t-shirts either….so long as it’s been washed first!
Last weekend we were at the Staithes Festival in a little garage just on the sea front which was glorious until the gales and rain arrived on Sunday and we wished we had a lovely cosy little cottage with a wood burning stove like everyone else involved! Still we had a fun weekend and we had plenty of visitors as you can see from our gallery… oh and we also treated ourselves to another lovely Cath Brooke industrial wasteland print….