Angus Grant Art

Paddling, Painting, Printing

Loch an Eilein by Angus Grant


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Three commissions

I’ve been taking a break from painting over Christmas but wanted to share my most recent commissions with you.

First up is this colourful picture of Grantown East, the new visitor centre created in a dilapidated railway station on the outskirts of the town. After years of hard graft to get the place up and running, Karen Blessington and Dave Garman wanted a view of the finished site.

Grantown East by Angus Grant

If you’ve visited, you’ll know how beautiful it is. The railway carriages house a restaurant selling excellent pizza, while the old station has been lovingly refurbished to become a shop and visitor centre. It was great to be able to show the place in its new glory.

My second commission was also railway-related: a view from Lagyie on the A95 whisky road, looking towards the Strathspey Railway and beyond to the Cairngorms.

Lagyie by Angus Grant

It’s a really stunning view and I enjoyed painting the steam engine and its carriages.

Finally, I was asked to paint Loch an Eilein for a present.

Loch an Eilein by Angus Grant

I haven’t done this scene for a while so it was good to return to it: it’s such a popular and beautiful place. I’m delighted with how it turned out, particularly the castle.

Happy New Year when it comes and here’s to lots of new painting challenges in 2019!

Glenmore Visitor Centre (photo by Jane Candlish)


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Christmas at Glenmore

As one craft fair comes to an end, so I have to give you a heads up on the last event in my Christmas calendar.

The Glenmore Visitor Centre is hosting a special festive fair with loads of family friendly activities on offer.

It takes place next weekend, Saturday December 15 and Sunday December 16, open 10am-4pm.

As well as a special menu at Cobbs Cafe, you can pick up a Christmas tree and do your gift shopping with me and a host of other local craftspeople.

And of course there’ll be reindeer…

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Christmas tree using airbrush


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Highland Wildlife Park Art

There’s a wee bonus on offer if you’re visiting the Highland Wildlife Park at Kincraig this weekend.

As well as seeing polar bears, tigers, lynx and snow leopards, you can have a go at making Christmas cards with me!

I’m running a day of mini-workshops at the park on Saturday, with some fun and easy ways to make lovely pictures. Materials will be provided and the sessions are free and suitable for all ages and abilities.

We’ll use the airbrush to blow green ink around to draw Christmas trees. And we’ll do some easy printing with feathers and turn the images into animals by drawing on them with pens and coloured pencils.

These are simple ways of creating artwork – everyone can have a go.

The workshops will start every hour from 12.15pm and will take place in the shop.

 

 

Caber tosser stacking mugs by Angus Grant Art


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Grantown East

Delighted to be at Grantown East Highland Heritage and Cultural Centre yesterday for its grand opening.

This has been a major project for Karen Blessington and Dave Garman and it was great to see so many people turn out to see the fantastic results. Everyone loved the miniature railway – I did too.

I’m also pleased to have my products in the shop. They include some specially designed mugs featuring Highland Games athletes. You might also get the chance to sip some delicious coffee from them in the cafe, which is in two converted carriages. Everything looks brilliant and I wish them the best of luck with the venture.

 


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Craft fairs and painting demos

My summer of craft fairs starts this weekend at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, with Exclusively Highlands. It’s always a busy one in the Highland capital and this time I will among a range of businesses demonstrating their craft.

Eden Court Theatre craft fair

Eden Court Theatre craft fair

I’ll be doing a spot of painting so the easel will be up and I’ll be chipping away at some new works. I’m looking forward to fielding your questions about how to paint a Highland landscape.

The craft fair is on Saturday and Sunday, from 10am-5pm both days. Free entry!

The base of an Angus Grant Art mug


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Craft fairs for 2018 (part 1)

This year is set to be another busy one, though my events will be a bit closer to home than last year.

I’m still in the process of confirming other events, but so far I can reveal I’ll be joining Exclusively Highlands again for a series of craft fairs:

  • July 14 & 15 – Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
  • July 21 – Inverness Highland Games
  • August 3 & 4 – Moy Games Fair
  • November 16-18 – Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
  • December 7-9 – Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

There’ll also be a summer exhibition at Logie Steading, near Forres. More information about that in the next few months.

 

 

Castle Fraser craft fair


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Castle Fraser. Five floors of crafty goodness.

Just set up for the first time at Castle Fraser. Open 24 and 25 November from 10am-4pm. It is a wonderful fair in a stunning venue, with such a lot of good stuff for sale.

If you’re through this way it’s well worth a visit.

 

 

 

Blue and Gold by Angus Grant


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Strathpeffer and beyond!

It’s always a pleasure to get the chance to exhibit paintings further afield so I’m delighted that some of my fishy paintings will be at the annual Strathpeffer Art Fair.

The show started today (Thursday November 23) and runs until Sunday. This is a huge exhibition and sale taking place at the village’s lovely Victorian pavilion. It’s my second year taking part alongside scores of Highland artists and I can thoroughly recommend it for a visit.

Opening hours are:
Friday 24th Nov – 10am-8pm
Saturday 25th Nov – 10am-6pm
Sunday 26th Nov – 10am-2pm

 

And because your Christmas shopping missions continue for a few more weeks, I’ll be at Castle Fraser, Inverurie, on Saturday and Sunday with the Exclusively Highlands event. More information here.

And for good measure, I’ll also be represented at a wee fair closer to home, at The Pagoda in Grantown. This event runs on Sunday only, 10am-2pm. Got a wee helper going along!

Loch Morlich Beach pine print


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Start your Christmas shopping with Angus Grant Art

Delighted to relaunch my online shop with loads of new products.

Chunky mugs with illustrations of Highland wildlife and pine prints of beautiful landmarks in the Cairngorms National Park – they’re all here to buy. And to tempt you even further – free postage and packing!

Stock is limited so order today to ensure delivery in time for Christmas.