Forthcoming exhibitions 2018

Look out for my work in and around Glasgow and Edinburgh this November, as I’ll be exhibiting again at the Annan Gallery, Mansfield Park Gallery and Lemond Gallery.

Lemond Gallery
CHRISTMAS SHOW BEARSDEN
Saturday 17th November and Sunday 18th November 2018, from 11.00am to 5.00pm daily.

Lemond Gallery
CHRISTMAS SHOW EDINBURGH
Friday 23rd November to Sunday 25th November 2018, from 11.00am to 5.00pm daily.

Annan Gallery
End of Year Show
24th November 2018 – 20th January 2019

Mansfield Park Gallery – ongoing.

Visual Arts Scotland – members’ show

Visual Arts Scotland are running a members’ show, entitled ‘Current’, at Tatha Gallery in Newport-on-Tay, and I was really pleased to have one of my new, large paintings selected for the exhibition. The exhibition promises to be an exciting and eclectic mix of artworks, from a diverse pool of artists working in Scotland.

The exhibition is on now, and continues until 22nd September 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tatha Gallery
The Newport
1 High Street
Newport-on-Tay
Fife
DD6 8AB

Opening Times:
Mon 10.30 – 17.00
Tue Closed
Wed 10.30 – 17.00
Thu 10.30 – 17.00
Fri 10.30 – 17.00
Sat 10.30 – 17.00
Sun Closed

2018 update

The year so far has brought a few exhibitions, some larger scale work, and more time outdoors in the beautiful weather. I won’t be taking part in Perthshire Open Studios this year, rather I’ll be enjoying more time in the studio, making larger scale work again for the remainder of the year.

Annan Gallery, Mansfield Park Gallery and Lemond Gallery, all in Glasgow, have been showing my work these past few months, and I had some pieces in the arTay marquee again in May, part of Perth Festival of the Arts.

Look out for my work later in the year, in Glasgow again!

 

Platform Festival and more

Platform Festival
From 24th-31st March, arts events will be taking place across Perthshire for the second Platform Festival, including poetry, music and visual art. This year, I will again be participating in both the Perthshire Visual Arts Forum and Perthshire Open Studios exhibitions, as part of the festival.
See www.platformperth.co.uk for full event details.

Perthshire Visual Arts Forum have been busy piecing together an art trail, a series of pop-up exhibitions across various venues, including the beautiful Branklyn Gardens, situated on Dundee Road, Perth. Around six artists will have work at Branklyn, and I’m in the process of making some small paintings on perspex that will be placed around the gardens themselves – so it will be a bit of a treasure hunt of sorts.
www.pvaf.org.uk
www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/branklyn-garden

Perthshire Open Studios will be hosting an exhibition within Frames Gallery on Victoria Street, Perth, featuring a selection of artworks from POS 2017 participants. There are around 30 artists taking part in this show, so it’ll showcase the diversity of talent from around the local area. I’ve included a smaller painting that was completed around the time of POS 2017, and look forward to seeing how Hugh and team curate such an eclectic mix of work!
www.perthshireopenstudios.com
www.framesgallery.co.uk

Looking ahead, in May the fabulous arTay marquee will be returning for Perthshire Festival of the Arts, of which I am delighted to be taking part on again. There’s always a buzz about the place, both in setting up with all the other artists, and with the huge number of visitors to the event each year.
www.perthfestival.co.uk/event/artay-2018/

Another published article on my work!
Last but not least, my work was again featured in a published article, this time for the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists. Editor Lindesay Irvine approached me about writing an article, having seen the piece I wrote for the Scottish Rock Garden Club back in January. I’ve attached a link to the full newsletter here: Nuntii Spring 2018, the article itself is on pages 7 and 8.
thessba.org

    

Published article

This month, the Scottish Rock Garden Club published an article about my work in their latest edition of The Rock Garden, an international subscription journal that is published twice a year. The article came about as a result of meeting the magazine editor during Perthshire Open Studios, where he was impressed by my paintings of snowdrops and foxgloves; images of which appear alongside the article.

Being more than a little sheepish about my writing skills, writing the article was somewhat challenging, especially given that the audience is very knowledgable about the subject matter! However, hopefully, it will provide an alternative perspective about these particular species, which the readers will find interesting.

It was a huge privilege to be able to write for The Rock Garden!

June Events

June is becoming a busy month for my work this year.

This coming Sunday, from 2-4pm, we have the opening of our Stanley Artists‘ exhibition at Birnam Arts – all are welcome, there will be home baking and wine! We’re all really excited about exhibiting together, outside of our annual Open Studios event (that’s still happening in September too though). The exhibition runs until 31st July.

Also this weekend is the annual Summer Show at the Lemond Gallery in Bearsden, and I am thrilled to have eight pieces on show with them for the first time. There will be around 500 artworks available for sale over just two days, so it’s a lot like an art fair in a way. In addition, they will be taking my work to Edinburgh the following weekend. More information on their website.

Finally, for June anyway, I will be putting a few pieces into the Dunkeld Art Exhibition. The exhibition runs from 22nd June over most of the Summer, and hosts at least a couple of hundred artists. It’s a very popular event, not least with all the tourists visiting the area, and profits from the exhibition help fund the upkeep of Dunkeld Cathedral.

arTay exhibition at Perth Festival

I’m delighted to have been invited to take part in arTay again this year, part of Perth Festival of the Arts, which is run by Hugh Goring and his team at Frames Gallery of Perth.

The arTay marquee will be open to the public from the 18th to 21st May, and promises to showcase some of the best in Scottish visual art. Last year around 300 artworks were exhibited for sale, from a large variety of artists at all stages in their careers.

Entry is free, and well worth a visit.

The marquee will be located next to Perth Concert Hall.

See www.perthfestival.co.uk/event/artay-18-21-may-2017/ for further details.

 

2017 Exhibitions

Currently, I’m preparing for a few exhibitions that begin in the coming months, these include a group show with Strathearn Gallery, running from 11th February to 12th March, and I am delighted to be exhibiting there again.

I will also be exhibiting with Perthshire Visual Arts Forum, as part of a members’ show, at the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, Fair Maid’s House, Perth. This exhibition forms a part of the Platform event, run by Perthshire Creates, during the last week of March.

Perthshire Open Studios will also be holding their 10th Anniversary Exhibition, at the newly refurbished Civic Hall in the PKC headquarters at 2 High Street. This exhibition also forms part of the Platform event, run by Perthshire Creates.

I’m delighted to have been invited to take part in arTay again this year, part of Perth Festival of the Arts. The arTay marquee will be open to the public from the 18th to 21st May, and promises to showcase some of the best in Scottish visual art. Last year around 300 artworks were exhibited for sale. Entry is free, and well worth a visit. The marquee is located next to Perth Concert Hall. See www.perthfestival.co.uk/event/artay-18-21-may-2017/ for further details.

Into the summer, our Stanley Artists group, previously focused solely on Perthshire Open Studios, will be exhibiting together at Birnam Arts from 4th June. We will, of course, be taking part in Perthshire Open Studios again this year, and more will follow about dates, times and the venue in the coming months.

As more exhibitions arise, I’ll update here 🙂

11 Feb-12 March – ‘Winter Escape’, Strathearn Gallery, Crieff

25 March-1 April Perthshire Open Studios 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Civic Hall, Perth

25 March-1 AprilPlatform/PVAF group show, Perth

18-21 May – arTay’, Perth Festival of the Arts, Perth

3-4 June – ‘Summer Show’, The Lemond Gallery, Bearsden, Glasgow

4 June-29 JulyStanley Artists exhibition, Birnam Arts, Perthshire

6 July onwardsMansfield Park Gallery, Hyndland Road, Glasgow

17 August onwards – ‘In Full Bloom’, No Naked Walls Gallery, Chertsey, Surrey

2-10 SeptemberStanley Artists exhibition, Perthshire Open Studios

Self motivation 

Any artist, or maker of anything, will likely tell you how difficult it is to stay motivated in their practice. Working predominantly on my own, as many artists do, means self motivation is key to my success, or achieving my goals. 

Knowing my weaknesses, excuses, distractions etc is the first step to finding strategies to work around them. For instance, having my studio at home means the housework is within sight. Now, I’m not so interested in housework, it’s not exactly my favourite pastime, but when I have work to be getting on with in the studio, suddenly that housework is  the most important thing in the world, and requires to be attended to right away. Over many years, I’ve developed various strategies to bring my focus back to my work though, such as using music to help relax my mind, having some inner chat (yes, I talk to myself!), or compromising with my inner domestic goddess, and allowing her to put on one load of washing while I get back to the studio. It might sound like madness, but it works for me! Most of the time anyway.

Now, for those of you who don’t understand what I’m on about, and perhaps are wondering why I persevere with being an artist at all, I do reap the benefits of making art when I get to the point of making it. Stood at the easel with brush in hand, and totally immersed in what I love, it really is the best feeling. I can liken it to meditation, the state of serenity or bliss when the mind slows down and you can let go of your thoughts just a little bit more than normal. Again though, getting to that meditative state takes a lot of energy, commitment and it’s quite hard work actually.

Yes, making artwork takes a lot of hard work, patience, perseverance and frankly it can be a really painful process. It takes a lot of time, and can be a daily struggle! Knowing how it makes me feel though; the releasing of tension, sense of completeness (however fleeting), happiness and the sort of expression that is beyond what I could convey in words – it makes it all so worthwhile. In any case, it’s not as if I decided this as a career path, it is simply what I am compelled to do. 

So, if I could give the world any small piece of advice, it would be to find some practice or activity where you can express yourself more fully. That could mean anything, from painting to skydiving, but to find that one thing that makes your heart sing will bring harmony into your very core. It will help you to feel more alive, as my practice does for me. But do be prepared to work to achieve this bliss.