Angus Grant Art

Paddling, Painting, Printing

Glenmore Visitor Centre (photo by Jane Candlish)


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Christmas at Glenmore

As one craft fair comes to an end, so I have to give you a heads up on the last event in my Christmas calendar.

The Glenmore Visitor Centre is hosting a special festive fair with loads of family friendly activities on offer.

It takes place next weekend, Saturday December 15 and Sunday December 16, open 10am-4pm.

As well as a special menu at Cobbs Cafe, you can pick up a Christmas tree and do your gift shopping with me and a host of other local craftspeople.

And of course there’ll be reindeer…

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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

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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Loch Morlich sale


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SALE: £10 OFF LOCH MORLICH BEACH

It’s my first “Black Friday Cyber Monday” and I’ve got a great deal for you!

Get the Loch Morlich Beach pine print for just £29.95, with free postage and packing, when you shop online.

Stock is limited so you need to be quick!

sale!

 

Loch Morlich Beach pine print


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Start your Christmas shopping with Angus Grant Art

Delighted to relaunch my online shop with loads of new products.

Chunky mugs with illustrations of Highland wildlife and pine prints of beautiful landmarks in the Cairngorms National Park – they’re all here to buy. And to tempt you even further – free postage and packing!

Stock is limited so order today to ensure delivery in time for Christmas.

 

Loch Morlich Beach Cairngorms by Angus Grant


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Back to Glenmore

Regular visitors will know how much I love Loch Morlich – for the scenery and for the fishing. The waters and the mountains are a constant source of inspiration for my art so when the chance came up to show work nearby at the Glenmore Visitor Centre, I could not refuse. It seems fitting to take my art back to where it started.

From July 21, I’ll be exhibiting a range of works at the centre, which is just off the main ski road to the Cairngorms. It’s a great wee venue providing information about the surrounding forest (run by Forestry Commission Scotland), and the cafe serves excellent cake, which is a bonus!

Among the works will be my railway poster series – with new additions to the collection specially for this show. The two paintings below – of Loch Morlich and the Lily Loch – are works in progress. And I’ll have the pine prints and mugs, including my new chunky fishy mugs.

The exhibition will be open from 9.30am to 4.30pm and will run for around 10 days. Looking forward to meeting lots of new people down there!

Loch Morlich Cairngorms by Angus Grant

Loch Morlich by Angus Grant

The Lily Loch, Cairngorms National Park, by Angus Grant

The Lily Loch by Angus Grant

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 painting, Angus Grant Art


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Loch Horizons

Been having lots of fun trying something new. My most recent work is based on some of my favourite local lochs and takes inspiration from railway posters from back in the day.

It’s all about refining the scene to its essential shapes. I’ve been wanting to paint pictures like this since buying Lemon Jelly’s album, Lost Horizons. The cover artwork by Fred Deakin is one of my favourite pictures because of the simple shapes and strong colours.

Still got more lochs to get through so keep checking back.

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.