|My Open Studio 2014|
An additional benefit to taking time off is a chance to visit the other artists and see their work, because there is absolutely no time at all while you are hosting your own event!
I have enjoyed looking through the brochure to choose who to visit and have decided on:
Helen Glassford, who paints beautiful atmospheric landscapes - she has a lovely studio overlooking the River Tay and her work is displayed to great effect there.
Morag Muir paints gorgeous, rich, lively acrylic still life, she too has a lovely view of the River Tay as she lives just a couple of streets away from Helen. Her work is very vibrant and reminds me of Indian textile work.
Jonathan Dowling's work is mostly drawings on paper, but he also has some pastel work and some fabulous drawings on wood that he cuts from a local woodland. They are unusual and very beautiful.
Dominique Robertson is a weaver and she has an exhibition of the process of her work as well as some demonstrations, where possible.
Siv MacArthur lives locally to me and I have never visited her studio before. Her work is a vibrant mixture of many mediums and subjects, so it will be an interesting visit, I am sure.
Katy McKidd Stevenson's work, so I will try and pay her studio a visit. She works in portraiture and creates imaginative scenarios and I would like to see them in the flesh.
Nichola Martin, who was at university with me, it will be interesting to see how her work has evolved since then. She used to work mainly in charcoal, but she is introducing colour and using paints now.
The shed is a collaborative work by the OS participants and it is sited at the Hill of Tarvit Mansionhouse (outside Cupar, near Ceres and Chance Inn). The shed has decorated chairs, tiles on the floor, stained glass windows, handmade bunting, painting, a house on the roof and much more.
I can hardly wait!