Invitation to the Pittenweem Arts Festival 2017
Saturday 5th August to Sunday 13th August: 10am – 5.30pm daily
Preview night: Friday 4th August 7 – 9pm (you are most welcome)
Venue 48, 46 Abbey Wall Road (down by the harbour)
One of the best bits of advice I was given as an aspiring artist was to “paint for yourself”… and that’s stuck with me. I walk the cities, coasts, mountains and countryside and paint whatever catches my eye.
This year’s work reflects my meanderings. Two commissions led for a couple of months to a focus on Edinburgh. And, as we now have a house in Pittenweem, there are more images of the East Neuk of Fife. As I ferried loads of house renovation waste to the council dump outside the village I was taken by the adjacent field, full of vibrant summer colour. I had to paint it.
Walking in the Cairngorms is also a significant feature of my life and that, too, is captured in new paintings of mountains and lochs in summer and winter. This spring, our walks in the Borders and East Lothian hills prompted paintings of field patterns and skies. Our regular summer trips to Harris and Skye are inspiring more abstract work.
Last year, our venue proved to be one of the most attractive, and we are adding to it with a fourth artist, Jill Macleod, an Edinburgh-based landscape painter, who was last year’s Pittenweem Festival bursary winner. The three artists from last year are returning. John Scott, the Newcastle potter, Mark Holden, the Fife landscape painter; and Thomas Cameron, the urban landscape painter and 2015 Pittenweem Festival bursary winner.