Help Required

Last week I was contacted by Jean and Hilary, the two former owners of the successful Gallimaufry Gallery in Blairmore, near Dunoon.  They explained that they were organising a sale of artwork in Oban, in order to raise funds for the relief effort in Haiti, following the recent devastating earthquake there.  They asked if I would be interested in taking part and if I could let them have a piece of work for the sale.  This is a great opportunity to support those who do the real work and so the only question for me was which painting to donate for the sale.  I wanted something that was quite bright, something that would hopefully catch the eye and in the end decided on a painting that has developed over a number of years. 

 

'Below Ben Oss, winter', Acrylic & Pastel, 2006 - 9, 76 x 23 cm

'Below Ben Oss, winter'

Interestingly I originally did this painting for a show organised by Jean and Hilary at Gallimaufry a number of years ago.  I’ve had the painting in my studio ever since and have always like the colours but as time has gone by and my work has developed, I’ve felt I could improve it.  I’ve never really been one for that ‘don’t go back to a painting once it’s finished’ malarkey and so a few months ago I decided to‘re-work’ it.  As I’ve said in previous blogs, my work is very gradually erring more towards the abstract and is certainly more painterly.  I’ve been using broad sweeps of paint in many of the more recent works and this is how I’ve‘re-worked’ this painting.  The basic underlying structure is still there, but a new semi translucent diagonal sweep of blue / purple, has completely changed the composition.  I am very pleased with this new version and hope someone at the Oban sale will like it too.

 

The work will be part of the sale which will take place on:

SATURDAY 27TH FEBRUARY AT THE REGENT HOTEL IN OBAN – FROM 2.00 – 7.00PM

 

Many artists will be taking part, so if you can get along your support will be much appreciated.  Full details of the event below.  If you are an artist yourself and would like to take part in the sale, please contact the organiser Jean Thompson by email:  jean_thompson47@yahoo.co.uk

 

Help for Haiti

To raise much needed funds to relieve the suffering of people in the devastated island of Haiti, an Art Sale will be held on Saturday 27th Feb. in the Regent Hotel, Oban from 2.00-7.00pm. Many Scottish artists will take part to make a truly eclectic collection of works.

Among those is Elizabeth Bruce, a Scottish contemporary artist whose painting style is representational but not photorealist. She has worked in all media on a variety of subjects, usually concentrating on acrylics – still life, treescapes, figures, interiors and landscapes. In January 2003 she was elected a member of the Glasgow Society of Women Artists. Her work has been shown in various galleries in Argyll, as well as the RGI Kelly Gallery and the Lillie Gallery, both in Glasgow, and the Torrance Gallery in Edinburgh. Elizabeth likes to keep her work within the Affordable Art bracket and prices start as low as £25 for an unframed lino-cut, while paintings are all between £140 and £500.

Sue Challis has lived and worked on the West Coast of Scotland for over twenty years. Educated in North London, she qualified as a lecturer in craft and design and youth leadership.   She now concentrates on acrylic painting and pen & ink drawing. When she is not painting, Sue and her husband run the Raven Trust sending containers of aid, medical, educational and small business start-up equipment to Malawi. Sue loves the bright colours and dancing light of the North West Coast of Scotland and this is passionately evoked in her work.

Aiming to be there in person is award winning artist, Keith Salmon. Keith combines his twin passions of hill walking and landscape painting in his work. What makes him truly remarkable, though, is that he lost much of his sight almost 20 years ago. Despite these “difficulties”, his work won the Jolomo Award for Scottish Landscape Painting in 2009. Describing some of his visits with partner Anita to some wild and remote glens and summits, under all conditions throughout all four seasons, Keith says “Even with my fuzzy vision this is a truly wonderful and stunning landscape. In my paintings I try to capture something of these incredible places, something of their sheer scale, complexity and beauty.”

This sale of art is being organised by 2 former gallery owners who will donate all profits to Mary’s Meals for their ongoing work in Haiti. Many of the artists are donating the full sale price of their works to the appeal. One such is Calum MacFarlane-Barrow whose son Magnus runs this international movement from Dalmally. The following news update comes from their web page.

“Mary’s Meals has been working in Haiti since 2006 providing meals for over 12 000 children in schools in Cite Soleil, Gonaives and Hinche.    We now know that our seven schools in Cite Soleil have been damaged, but not destroyed. We will be working to help repair and rebuild these schools, to support their pupils and to assist with the wider recovery in the capital in any way we can.

In the city of Hinche, we have started to provide food and medical supplies for earthquake victims and their families who have arrived looking for food and treatment. Many have nothing but the clothes on their backs and these regional hospitals are now over-flowing as well. When local stocks run out, as we expect them to soon, we will make arrangements for aid to be brought in from the Dominican Republic.

It is becoming clear that the recovery effort in Haiti will need to be long term and widespread. Anything at all that you can give to help us will be appreciated.”

Please come along to this event to help this cause and maybe pick up a prized original art work. Prices will suit all pockets from £1 art cards to the much bigger paintings.

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