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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


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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.

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!

Landscape painting upside down, Angus Grant


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Painting upside down

I’m still working away on my fishy pictures. Now that I’ve laid down the main colours, I’m starting on the details – the trees, mountains, water, rocks and fish (of course). This is the hard work of the painting and I’ll take my time to get it just right.

…Which leads me to a wee tip to help you. If after a while you decide to repaint the sky, turn your canvas upside down to prevent pesky blue drips ruining the lower part of your work.

As you can see in the picture below, I repainted the sky on this view of Loch Morlich after I painted in lots of detail in the foreground. Skies are easy to redo (more on those another time) but imagine how annoying it would be to see my lovely mountains and salmon ruined.

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Avielochan by Angus Grant Art, Cairngorms National Park


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Colourful Cairngorms 

Newly added to my online shop – paintings from the series inspired by vintage railway posters. Now it’s easy to have a look at the work and buy online (with free shipping!).

Working on getting other galleries sorted, including some fishy pictures.

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!

 

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.