Spark: twenty six

A series about people that have influenced my creative path

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Jennifer Pettigrew, Changed Direction, unique print, 2011

I bought this picture at the Pittenweem Arts Festival not long after we moved to Aberdeen. I love the mark making used to build up an abstract image; and it reminds me of my early days of my degree at art college, when we were being taught drawing skills…

I turned up to our weekly life drawing class, taught in rotation by four tutors with very different approaches. As we entered the room that week we were given a large pot of black wall paint and a stick. Pinned to the walls were large (2m square) pieces of paper and there was a life model in the centre of the room. We were instructed to use the sticks to paint with, and that we would have 30 seconds for each pose. To start with our attempts were pretty dreadful, but as the time went on our confidence built, our observation improved and our mark making became more gestural and fluid.

I think I’d like to try it again.

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Spark: twenty four

A series about people that have influenced my creative path

FENTONjulietmacleod2014Shoreline, abstract landscape, oil, by Margaret Fenton

Sometimes it is not only the work of an artist that inspires me but also the place in which they work. North Uist is breathtaking in its beauty and Margaret Fenton is lucky to have a studio in a particularly seductive place. It is in between Loch Eport and Loch Obisarry with fantastic views of Eaval, North Uist’s highest hill.

We are lucky to have two of her paintings.

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Abstract seascape, oil, by Margaret Fenton