Monthly Archives: November 2015

Winter exhibition

P1290195After some fretting and decision-making, I’ve found the ideal space for my upcoming winter-themed exhibition, which I’ve decided to call Snowscapes

More details (map etc) to follow tomorrow, but this will be a two-day exhibition on the 8th and 9th December, open from 12 noon till 8pm both days.

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The space above is Gallery II at Gayfield Creative Spaces in Edinburgh’s Gayfield Square.I dropped in today to take these photos, and I was enchanted by the light and gnarly wood beams, which will form a perfect backdrop for the winter series I’m working on.

This will include fifteen to twenty wintery subjects in semi-abstract highly textured style – monochrome winter birches, snow-laden trees and roof tops, I’m also going to paint wildlife – herons on icy ponds with their beaks tucked into their feathers and perhaps some snowgeese.

I find the colours and light of winter enchanting, and I have a wealth of mental imagery to draw on, also my love of Northern renaissance landscape art, and the quality of light captured by Dutch and Flemish artists of the 16th century.

I’m really looking forward to this series, and I think it’ll be popular as it will include paintings from as small as 3×3 inches up to 18×12.

To celebrate the wintery mood I’ll be serving my own home-made mulled wine on the 11th and 12th in the gallery between 6 and 7pm!

Freespace

P1290167Yesterday I popped in to the Freespace Gallery which is in the Leith area of Edinburgh, to meet owners Kate and Terence and chat about my art prints for charity project (which benefits wildlife conservation charities by offering 25% of print sales to charities related to the landscape featured in the print).

 

P1290161Freespace was set up last year during the referendum as a place for people to meet, discuss ideas and show their art work. I dropped in once or twice and noticed they show work by local artists and photographers, so I though this would be a great place to display work.

Kate and Terence offered me a seat, freshly brewed coffee, and were most enthusP1290164iastic  about the project and my paintings. It’s great to be included in the Freespace Gallery, and lovely to meet gallery owners who take an interest in the work, so the interaction is not just focussed on business agreements! Also it’s just around the corner from where I live so it’ll be easy to drop by and see how things are going.

I was born in Leith, my dad’s side of the family have been here a few generations, and I remember that in my early teens I couldn’t wait to get out! At the age of 19 I moved to  Greece, then subsequently lived and worked all around the UK – down south, up north and the Midlands. I loved living in all these places and made lifelong friends. Now, with a bit more experience of life and people, I find that Leith is my favourite part of Edinburgh, mostly because of its friendly community, which has always included different nationalities, mostly from India, China, Italy and Poland. If you walk down Leith you see the influence of these cultures in shops, restaurants, cafes and delis (the best known being world-famous Italian delicatessen Valvona and Crolla – I remember when I was a girl it seemed most exotic!)

_48706841_aug2010(1)Leith has always had an interesting arts community too, the Shore in particular is a popular area for artists, writers and musicians to live, partly because of its galleries, pubs, cafes and restaurants, but also it’s to do with the setting (it always reminds me of Amsterdam, and there was in fact a Dutch colony there a few hundred years ago, which you can see reflected in the architecture)

It’s great that Freespace continues to support local artists, writers and projects around Leith and Edinburgh in general. They also have a foodbank donation drop off point. I’d recommend you pop in to have a look around.

For more information on the art prints for charities and wildlife conservation trusts, click Here (you can buy the prints singly, or as a set).

If you’d told me I’d be enthusing about Leith back in my teens I’d have been bemused, but there you go! Here’s Leith’s ‘persevere’ motto (we had this on our school badges).

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Winter Landscapes Exhibition

'Winter Birch Trees'. Mixed media on 17x11" wood

‘Winter Birch Trees’. Mixed media on 17×11″ wood

Today’s painting – a winter landscape on wood panel.

I experimented with this as I went along, adding marble dust for texture and lots of work with a palette knife. I’m quite happy with the colours, which are maybe veering a bit towards Bruegel-like with greenish tones in the sky, and touches of intense warmth here and there.

This painting will be the largest in a series I’m painting for a pre-Christmas show at the beginning of December (details tbc). I’ll be creating a series of 10 or so winter landscapes on wood.

On the subject of wintery colours I’ll leave you with Bruegel’s winter masterpiece – Hunters in the Snow (or The Homecoming). It’s the most popular art subject for Christmas cards for obvious reasons! The colours and composition are beautiful, but I also love the fact it gives a sense of ordinary life in the 16th century (though art historians have suggested it’s an idealised portrait even for its time). The hunters haven’t been successful, but you can see people playing on the ice, two women walking carefully on the edge…

 

Support Marine Sites in Lindisfarne

'Lindisfarne Series No. 3'. Acrylic on 5x5" wood

‘Lindisfarne Series No. 3’. Acrylic on 5×5″ wood

I’m very pleased to introduce the new Lindisfarne prints series!

These are giclee prints from my original paintings of Lindisfarne. I am donating 25% of sales proceeds from these prints to the The Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast European Marine Site

You can view and buy the print series on this link: ‘Prints for charity’

 

 

The paintings were created in October 2014, and I remember being mesmerised by the moody changing light of autumn – watching the sky change from silver to black then blue, flocks of birds rising in clouds then speeding along the wave tops.

Bay, by Gavin Duthie

Bay, by Gavin Duthie

The Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast European Marine Site extends along 115km of coastline from Alnmouth in Northumberland up to Fast Castle Head in Scotland, covering the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands. It protects some of the most significant marine and coastal habitats in Europe, including rocky reefs and swaying kelp forests, deep sea caves, intertidal sand and mud flats and large bays.

Grey Seal, Farne Islands

Grey Seal, Farne Islands

These special places support an abundance of marine life, such as grey seal, sea birds, and a rich assemblage of plants and animals on the reefs and beneath the soft sediments. The area also supports visiting whales and dolphins.

Funds will contribute towards furthering the conservation objectives of this special marine site.

Many thanks to Claire Hedley (Implementation Officer for the Marine Site) for joining the project. I hope the prints help support the floral and fauna of this beautiful area of coastline!

Click on ‘Buy charity prints’ to view the art prints series, which also includes the Isle of Eigg and The Bass Rock.