Angus Grant Art

Paddling, Painting, Printing

Everything that goes into an Angus Grant painting


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What’s in a painting?

I’m painting towards a new exhibition in the summer (more about that exciting news soon!) and I’ve been thinking about all the different elements that contribute to each piece.

It’s always nice to start new work and as a bit of a distraction, I thought it would be interesting to show you some of the things that I use when I’m working. It was fun to have a go at a flatlay – playing Tetris was not a waste of time!

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1 Canvas – This is stretched linen, a bit fancier than canvas. Not out of the shiny plastic wrap yet.

2 Shirt sleeve – This is my painting shirt and I always clean my brushes on my left arm. It used to be my outdoor shirt but they all turn into painting shirts eventually.

3 Sketchbook – essential for my ideas and notes. This one is about fishing but I’ve got a few on the go, and loads of filled ones in a box under the bed.

4 Pastels – These are great for underpainting and sketching. I usually sketch out the painting first with pastel and use white paint to fix the colours.

5 Pencils – for sketching in my sketchbook. Don’t use them so much on the canvas.

6 Airbrush and acrylic ink and Indian ink – I use the airbrush for lots of different things, including fluffy clouds and applying thin transparent “glazes”. It is really useful for layering colour.

7 Whizzer – for mixing up the acrylic ink to make it smooth enough to use in the airbrush.

8 Brushes – you need a varied range for the different tasks in landscape painting. The wide ones, like the Skyflow brush, are brilliant for blending big blue skies. The fan brush is great for painting grass and trees. And the thin one are vital for all the wee details.

9 Acrylic paints – these are lovely acrylics by Vallejo. I like them because they are highly pigmented. And they smell good enough to eat!

10 Plate – I use this for mixing my paint. This one is well-used.

11 Sponge – for stippling and applying texture to trees and shrubs. I also use old brushes for this.

12 Toothbrush – useful for flicking paint to create flowers, water spray and bubbles.

13 Palette knife – for flicking bigger dollops of paint.

14 Masking tape – always useful when you need a crisp straight line.

15 Water pot – for cleaning the brushes.

16 Frame – the final piece of the jigsaw. I often make the frames before I think I’ve finished. Sometimes you can’t tell if it’s done until it’s framed.

17 Varnish – this is good quality artists’ UV varnish to keep the painting safe.

18 Headphones – I like to listen to audiobooks when I paint. It’s nice to have something to occupy my ears while I work. My Audible account is full of stories and will testify to how much painting I have done!

19 Coffee mug – an Angus Grant Art one of course! And it’s always many more than one mug of coffee per painting.

Pretty sure I’ve forgotten something…

 

 

Airbrushing workshop. Photo by James Gordon


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A weekend of landscape painting

I had a busy but super fun weekend in Tomatin and Boat of Garten teaching some lovely people how to paint misty landscapes.

Luckily the weather was bright enough for a spot of outdoor painting too.

We used acrylics to build up the different layers of the scene – from sky to mountain to trees to loch – then picked up the airbrush to create clouds and mist and add to a sense of depth, or atmospheric perspective, if you want the arty word.

Everyone did really well. It was great to see people having fun while learning a new technique. I loved seeing the results. All the finished paintings looked brilliant.

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Many thanks to Art in Strathdearn and the 1896 Gallery in Boat of Garten for asking me along. And best of luck to the latter, which is now open again and looking great after a wee refurbishment. And finally thanks to James Gordon at the 1896 Gallery for taking photos on Sunday.

Metallic Morlich painting by Angus Grant, Loch Morlich painting


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Landscapes are a skoosh

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to paint a landscape, now is your chance.

As part of the grand re-opening of the 1896 Gallery in Boat of Garten. I’ll be teaching a wee workshop there at the end of March.

‘Landscapes are a skoosh’ will cover basic acrylic techniques to build up the layers of a scene in order to create a beautiful painting. I’ll also show you how to use an airbrush and get you spraying paint on the canvas in no time.

It’s a one day session on March 31 – that’s all the time you’ll need. The workshop costs £75 and includes materials, a light lunch and refreshments. But spaces are limited, so booking is essential. Contact info@1896gallery.com to reserve your space.

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.