Dunfallandy House, Pitlochry , Perthshire was this years Girls Weekend venue. THe house is about mile outside Pitlochry.
I always try to paint a picture at whatever house we rent . Ideally out of a window in the main house where it is warm. But there isn't always a view that appeals artistically to me. On the way to view the Dunfallandy Pictish Stone (Historic Environment Scotland), the shortcut passed through the dilapidated buildings of Dunfallandy Home Farm with lots of lovely autumn colours from the falllen leaves. As I can't resist a falling down shed, I swapped indoor warmth to paint the farm outside. Only 6.C, so lots of layers of clothes needed and feet like blocks of ice at the end.
.Finally got round to painting the falling down Grade II listed Victorian Pier at Weston-Super -Mare, designed by legendary pier builder Eugenius Birch and opened in 1867. It joins the mainland to Birkbeck Island. Closed to the public in 1994 due to safety concerns, after years of attempts to get it repaired and restored it has been purchased by North Somerset Council from developers on Thursday 13 July 2023 and restoration work is planned to take place over several years with funding from the council, the National Lottery the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), Historic England. It is so attractive to artists like me in its dilapidated state, so I hope the restoration will not end like the Weston Grand Pier that burned down in 2008 and is rebuilt in a modern style, and more like the attractive restoration of Clevedon Pier. Piers and light houses along the North Smerset coast have been subjects this year
Painting at Holt Farm , the Yeo Valley Organic Garden again this year.
Last year I did 11 oils there. This year I have only done 6 oils and 1 watercolour so far as our variable weather affects my work outdoors. The watercolour was done from under the shelter of a garden gazebo as it was raining, and the round pool was done out of the doorway of the greenhouse as it was raining, while the Ornamental rhubarb was done under the shelter of a brolly as it was baking hot.
As an outdoor landscape artist who always paints on the spot, my painting year starts with better weather. This often coincides with the opening of the Yeo Valley Organic Gardens at Holt Farm, Blagdon. This ever changing garden has provided inspiration for 39 oil paintings since 2014 . I first visited it with Clifton Arts Club and we come very year, but I found you can get a season ticket or free entry as part of the R.H.S. Partner Garden scheme, so I come more frequently.
.I will be one of 10 artists exhibiting at Stoke Lodge, Shirehampton Road , Bristol which is Venue 3 on the BS9 Art trail 2023. i can't frame all 39 so will select about 15 to frame up in white wood frames from pictureframeexpress.
This years Fintray Girl's Weekend was at Inverallan House, Grantown-on-Spey, in the Cairngorm National Park, Scotland. I always try to paint a picture during our visit. This was our fabulous view up the River Spey towards Aviemore and the northern part of the Cairngorms. A problem with landscapes and distant hills is that they are often obscured by ever changing clouds, light directions and weather. It can take several hours of unclear shapes before their correct profile can be seen, but is needed before I could start my oil painting. So I started by sketching in Faber-Castell Pitt pen then moved on to oil on canvas board once I was confident in the vista.
trying to paint on top of a cliff in november