Angus Grant Art

Paddling, Painting, Printing

The Red Squirrel book


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Squirrillustrations

Delighted to reveal another first for Angus Grant Art: illustrating a newly published book.

Last night I was at the launch of The Red Squirrel: A Future in the Forest by Neil McIntyre and Polly Pullar. You’ve maybe seen it in the news over the past couple of weeks, e.g. this one from the BBC.

The book was funded by a successful crowdfunding campaign, and published by Scotland: The Big Picture. I was asked by Louise at Cairngorm Futures, whose team did the design work, to contribute some illustrations of woodland fauna – and a few squirrel tracks – to go alongside Polly’s text. You can see my pictures below.

It was such a fun project and it was great to meet Neil and Polly and the others involved at the event last night. Really enjoyed hearing Neil’s tales of trying to capture photos of these curious creatures.

And the book looks brilliant – lots of very good-looking squirrels!

You can get a copy from Scotland: The Big Picture.

Chasing the fly mug


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The start of fishing season

With trout season just around the corner, I’ve been working on some new fishy mugs.

Each design in this new collection is unique.

But like my paintings, I’ve been trying to imagine what’s going on beneath the surface and of course, the trout are circling the flies!

 

 

Golden trout


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A golden belly

I caught the most beautiful trout today.

I went to Loch Morlich early this morning (early for a Sunday anyway). It was a break from DIY in the shed and the chance to do a little fishing. The loch and the beach were quiet and there were a just few fishermen camping at the far end. Jane went for a walk with Sparky the dog and left me to it.

But it wasn’t all relaxation, honest. Paddling on the kayak gave me a chance to plan my next project. And I’ll admit that catching a few fish has also helped.

You know that fishing is a passion of mine and now I’m thinking about making the fish the heroes of the paintings, not just the shapes in the shadows. Something like fishy portraits.

Today was a chance to get up close and personal with them – I got three trout and a couple of pike. Not that you’d really want to  get too close to them. Too many sharp teeth!

But back to that beautiful trout.

You’ll see it on the picture below but it had a lovely golden belly. Seems a shame to eat it, but we will.

Sparky made friends with it too, as you can see.

 

 

Mug display


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Elephants in the Pantry

It’s the start of a busy couple of weeks for me. As well as exhibition preparation, I’m going to be at a wee craft fair at a local deli, Elephants in the Pantry.

It’s running as part of the continuing Grantown 250 celebrations on Saturday June 25, from 10am. There’s going to be lots of other crafters and the chance to sample some of the shop’s delicious food! See Elephants’ Facebook page for more info.

I’ll have lots of mugs and coasters, with my drawings of animals, birds and of course, fishing flies – lots to choose from. See you there!

 

 

 

 

Silver invicta


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Box of fishing flies

Been busy with the colouring in pencils, putting together a collection of pictures for the upcoming exhibition, Beyond Reasonable Trout. Think I’ll put them on some mugs too for that all important brew, after a hard evening’s fishing!