|'Proud Phillip' - Pheasant in gouache 11.5 x 11.5 cm|
My arty friend, Angela, is the font of all knowledge when it comes to what is going on in the art world up here in the far north of Scotland. She's always lets me know any time there is an open exhibition or craft fair that I hadn't already heard about.
Last week she told me about Inchmore Gallery, located near Inverness, and their winter CD art exhibition. I read the email and wondered what a CD was. I mean, I know it's a disc for recording and playing music but as this was about an art exhibit I didn't make the connection and wondered what sort of art technique CD might be! Not afraid to look stupid, I emailed her back asking what, apart from a music disc, was a CD? Angela patiently informed me that was exactly what it was and that the whole point of the exhibit was for established and emerging artists to submit work measuring 11.5 x 11.5 cm which would then be exhibited in clear plastic CD cases all over the gallery. It was a chance for people to purchase affordable art with all the pieces ranging in price from a minimum of £20 up to about £70-ish. Genius.
Now the closing date for submissions was Tuesday 22 October and I really didn't think I would have time to create anything new with such short notice but I set aside the bird houses and the pointillism landscape canvasses and set my mind on painting at least one CD case sized piece of art.
First was Constance, a highland cow. I do love these wonderfully hairy creatures and thought it would be the perfect subject to try out my gouache paints again.
|'Constance the Coo' - Highland Cow in gouache 11.5 x 11.5 cm|
Then I decided to have another go at Phillip, our poor deceased Pheasant (who has been replaced, at least in terms of coming by every day for breakfast and dinner, by Pedro who has managed to survive a whole year of shooting and cars that drive too fast - yay for Pedro!)
I cursed and swore my way through Phillip in gouache, painting and repainting both him and the background umpteen times before declaring the painting ruined and whipping up a little watercolour and ink version instead. However, on Monday morning I decided to give the background one last try and with the paint barely dry, I posted both versions of Phillip together with Constance off to Inchmore Gallery.
|'Phillip Revisited' - Watercolour and ink expressionism 11.5 x 11.5 cm|
It turns out that photographers can submit pieces too and I mentioned this to S as he has some great photos. He ended up submitting four brilliant macro shots which went on their merry way along with my paintings.
|Credit S: 'After the rain'|
|Credit S: 'Coccinella'|
|Credit S: 'Wet Petals'|
|Credit S: 'Wee Bee'|
The opening day is Saturday 2 November so we're planning to take a drive down to Inverness and have a wee look see. There will be over 300 pieces on show so it'll be interesting to see all that is there.
Now, back to the birdhouses - Christmas is fast approaching!