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…

 

 

Caber tosser stacking mugs by Angus Grant Art


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Grantown East

Delighted to be at Grantown East Highland Heritage and Cultural Centre yesterday for its grand opening.

This has been a major project for Karen Blessington and Dave Garman and it was great to see so many people turn out to see the fantastic results. Everyone loved the miniature railway – I did too.

I’m also pleased to have my products in the shop. They include some specially designed mugs featuring Highland Games athletes. You might also get the chance to sip some delicious coffee from them in the cafe, which is in two converted carriages. Everything looks brilliant and I wish them the best of luck with the venture.

 

Robin Chunky Mug by Angus Grant Art


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Robins return

Summer is gone – it’s pretty dreich outside the studio. And I know it’s too early to say it, but my thoughts are turning to Christmas.

This year, I’ve got a special festive product. If you have been following my work for the past few years, you’ll remember my wee robin mugs. Well, they’re back!

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Look out for this one at my craft fairs over the next few months. But they’re making a flying visit to the Highland Wildlife Park!

 

Angus Grant Art at the Highland Wildlife Park


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Highland Wildlife Art

I’m really excited that my ranges of mugs, pine prints and cards are now on sale at the Highland Wildlife Park. I am lucky to be one of a number of local artists with work in the gift shop.

The display was set up at the weekend and is looking great.

Angus Grant Art at the Highland Wildlife ParkI also got the chance to have a wander around the park as well. I saw the polar bears – including the newest arrival playing around – the snow monkeys and wildcats kittens. And for the first time when I’ve visited, the elusive wolverine was out and about. The fantastic weather just capped the day.

I’m looking forward to working with the park: it’s a brilliant visitor attraction.

And look out for my new polar bear mug – it’s coming soon!

 

 

Castle Fraser craft fair, Angus Grant Art


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Castle Fraser. Five floors of crafty goodness.

Just set up for the first time at Castle Fraser. Open 24 and 25 November from 10am-4pm. It is a wonderful fair in a stunning venue, with such a lot of good stuff for sale.

If you’re through this way it’s well worth a visit.

 

 

 

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

The Packhorse Bridge at Carrbridge


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Craft in Carrbridge

Getting ready for the first craft fair of 2017 and it’s pretty close to home.

I’ll be at Bridge 300 in Carrbridge on Saturday May 20. It’s a big weekend of community events to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the village’s iconic Packhorse Bridge.

The Packhorse Bridge at Carrbridge

The Packhorse Bridge at Carrbridge

I live in Carrbridge a few years ago and it’s got a great community spirit so I’m really looking forward to this.

The craft fair is in the Village Hall on Saturday, 11am-2pm. I’ll have my wildlife mugs and the pine prints on sale.

There’s also a heap of other events going on from Friday to Sunday, including historical exhibitions and live music and dancing. Find out more on the Carrbridge website.

Hope to see you there!

Chasing the fly mug, Angus Grant Art


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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!