Angus Grant Art

Paddling, Painting, Printing

Avielochan by Angus Grant Art, Cairngorms National Park


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New paintings: Loch Vaa and Avielochan

Here’s a couple of new colourful pictures I’ve just completed. One’s a different view of Avielochan and the other is Loch Vaa, where I’ve spent many a day trying to catch trout in past years.

They’re both now on sale at High St Merchants in Grantown.

There are also some new pine prints on the way. Will let you know when they arrive.

Otherwise, I’m working away on new pictures just now – new simple landscapes and fishy portraits. Will post some pictures when they’re done.

 

 

Mike's Trout


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Some trout portraits

Finished these fishy portaits and am looking forward to sharing them at a new exhibition next month.

They’ll be part of the Creative Cairngorms exhibition at the Moray Art Centre, Findhorn, from April 4-30. It’s my first time showing work here but I visited recently as part of Joanna Wilson’s exhibition preview and it’s a great space.

And of course I’ve got a few more portraits in the pipeline…tight lines…

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!

 

 

Mike's Trout


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Bringing back last season’s trout

It’s the middle of winter and March still feels like a long time away. What better time to look over pictures of last season’s fish.

It was with this thought in mind that I decided to bring back to life a trout caught by my friend Mike! This picture is the first of a new series of trouty portraits for 2017. Keep a look out for them soon.

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 toย  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!