Wednesday, 12 September 2018

an unexpected treat...

Artmap Argyll, an open studio event in their 11th year, had been extended into a second weekend which coincided with our visit - lucky us!  We headed down the Tayvallich penninsula via Crinan to explore.

The beauty of open studios is you're never quite sure what you will find and in some cases, where you will find it.  Artmap Argyll made it easier by using rather large red dots to mark sites.  [The same red dot that indicates an art work is sold - nice one.]

The locations of some of the studios were stunning and in places we may not have visited but for the artists.  So thank you for encouraging us to explore, thank you to the artists who found time to chat to us, a mixture of art and sailing, and thank you to my travelling companion who is very adept at reversing and parking a cumbersome vehicle in weird places.  

Do visit artists' studios if you have the opportunity:  it's a win win situation!

no 28  Scottish National Heritage, Taynish Reserve
image of bog swimmer (my description)

no 27  Jane Smith in The Cube
stunning screen prints and a beautifully illustrated diary, "Wild Island" 

no 23  Lottie Goodlet and her intriguing, flower-like seaweed images
 in her lounge overlooking Jura

no 25  Libby Anderson showing the stages of her work
loved her gannet painting [not shown]

no 26  Caroline Hunter in her garden studio
surrounded by atmospheric seascapes & still-lifes  

no 28  SNH at the Mill, mermaids

No images from me but also on show was no 20, Ross Ryan at the Crinan Hotel.  Fabulous work particularly those made at sea.

Ross Ryan "Rounding Ardnamurchan Point in a Blow"
oil & charcoal on board

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