Angus Grant Art

Paddling, Painting, Printing

Logie by Angus Grant. Acrylic painting on canvas


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Superfly: my new exhibition

I’m excited to reveal details of my new summer exhibition, Superfly, which is on at Logie Steading from June 30 – July 8.

As you know, I’ve been working on loads of new paintings, trying to capture the magic of fishing that you don’t see because it’s underwater. These new works feature fishing flies that have just been cast across the loch. I’ve been striving to portray the way the light goes through the water. It’s all about showing how the bubbles and ripples distort the reflective film of the water.

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I’ve also been inspired by the big fancy camera they used on the BBC’s Blue Planet 2 and I’ve tried to show what’s above and below the surface. Painting in this way allows me to add greater context to the underwater pictures.

The exhibition will be in the Long Room at Logie Steading, near Forres. The Long Room is between the whisky shop and farm shop, right next to the car park so you can’t miss it!

And you’re invited to the launch night on June 30, from 6-8pm, when you can enjoy your art with a wee glass of something and I’ll be around to chat about the paintings (or fishing!)

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Olive nymph underwater photograph


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Happy Accidents

Not been painting much this week. But I did manage to get out on the waters of Loch Morlich for some fishing.

I also had a go at taking pictures of my fly just beneath the surface. It’s one of my favourites – the olive green nymph – and it was the one that netted me a delicious trout earlier.

But on reviewing the photos, all I was getting was my feet. Very frustrating and confusing: I thought there must be something wrong with the camera.

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First attempt: that round thing on the left is the lens cap

After a few attempts, I thought to turn off the two second timer, and hey presto – I started getting the pictures that I wanted.

However, I think the photos with the timer on were still pretty good. As Bob Ross would say: “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”

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Two second timer off

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!

Veil of Water by Angus Grant


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A wee preview

With a packed summer of exhibitions and craft fairs about to start, I’ve been busy preparing my work. Painting, framing, printing mugs and packaging up greetings cards, along with lots of other little tasks that come along with these events.

Got some new paintings framed for the various shows I’m involved in (See Exhibitions page and Events and Workshops page for more details of where I’ll be). A couple of classic fish portraits and a favourite view of Loch Morlich, looking up to the Cairngorms.

There’s a few more in the pipeline, which I’ll try and share 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!