Instrinsically Optimistic, Comprehensively Exhilarating

I am never quite sure what to expect when I visit one of my favourite art galleries, The Open Eye in Edinburgh. Let me explain. The featured work currently  is that of the artist Ruth Nicol. I had thought the works would probably have a ‘delicate touch’. Not at all. Her paintings are all inspired by poets and very well-known artists like Sandy Moffat and Alan Riach. Many of them are big, bold exhilarating landscapes.

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Exciting new exhibition from Vega

The Torrannce Gallery in Edinburgh’s Dundas Street is currently showing vibrant pictures from Isle of Lewis artist, Vega. I met her with her partner and manager, Trevor St Clair, at the opening. She told me Vega was the name she chose for herself and by which she is officially known! It was a reflection of and a mark of respect for the boat which carried her for 100 miles to safety. She always wanted to be an artist and after four years hard study, both practical and theoretical at Leeds University she gained a BA(Hons) degree in fine art. Continue reading Exciting new exhibition from Vega

From the Med to the Minch – A Painting Journey across Europe

Currently and until 28 June, The Torrance Gallery in Edinburgh’s Dundas Street has an Exhibition of some wonderful landscape and other paintings by Stuart Herd who lives in Tarbert where he has a Gallery and a studio. His paintings are, as the title of the exhibition says, ‘From the Med to the Minch – A painting Journey across Europe’.

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Artist Inspired by the Countryside

Sally Fisher is, like so many artists, from a creative family. Her mother makes clothes and quilts. Also, like a number of artists,  she did not choose art as her first career.

‘I didn’t go to art college but I’ve always been interested in the countryside and the environment,’ she says. Continue reading Artist Inspired by the Countryside