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I'm an arts journalist & PR consultant living and working in Scotland. I've been a journalist for more than 25 years. I write a regular column for Scottish quality newspaper, The Herald. I deliver a PR service with an arty bent and work on a consultancy basis with arts organisations, including Scotland's leading creative industries festival, XpoNorth & broadcast support body, ScreenHI. I am currently co-writing a book about the celebrated Scots artist, George Wyllie, with his daughter Louise. Instrumental in making a celebration of his life's work happen in 2012. For more information, see www.georgewyllie.com When I'm not being a mum/working, I talk to my dog. He laps it up. Contact me on janpatience@me.com (All work © Jan Patience)

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Painting by Numbers - As seen in current issue of Homes & Interiors Scotland magazine

I'm currently covering a maternity leave for the features editor of Homes & Interiors Scotland magazine, which is a beautifully produced publication with a hefty art section. If you're at all interested in beauteous objects for your home, this is the mag to read...

I usually write a well-read (so I'm told) page called Painting by Numbers, in which we feature five works of art by five different artists.

Painting by Numbers
Combine a style statement with an art investment
Issue 70 (March/April) Homes & Interiors Scotland magazine

Annette Edgar’s almost childlike sense of discovering the world anew with every picture she paints is palpable and exhilarating. As she says herself: “I would rather paint a good painting than copy a good view - what does it for me is paint with all its colour and fluidity.”
This instinctive Glasgow-based artist is at the peak of her powers. Years of experience have allowed her to know her craft inside out and this, coupled with an inner drive to go out and drink in new experiences, smells and sensations, produces an end result which is like a distilled memory of pure clear colour, shapes and pattern on canvas. This painting, Menteith Meadow harnesses all these elements. Edgar is currently working towards a solo show with the Catto Gallery in London next year.


Until recently, best known for his glass work, Inverclyde artist, Alec Galloway came to prominence in the last year as a painter of note following his inclusion on the prestigious Aspect Prize shortlist. Although painting was always in the background of his glass work, the creative outpouring triggered by having to work towards the Aspect Prize Finalists’ exhibition at The Fleming Collection in London in January, has alerted the wider world to a poetic new voice in Scottish art. Inspired by the theme of migration, his work - such as this one, One of These Days, is brimming with colour, energy and a strong narrative which prompts the viewer to ask questions of their own genealogical and personal heritage.

LEO DU FEU -£800

The artist David Forster describes Leo Du Feu’s paintings are ‘small acts of philosophy about our relationship with the world beyond us… records of memory and imagination as much as they are of place.’ Du Feu’s outstanding degree show at Edinburgh College of Art in 2006 attracted many admirers and he has been busy building on this early promise ever since. He is attracted to the outer reaches of the landscape - as seen in this painting, Croft in Lewis. His miniature work sells for around £350-£550. See his paintings throughout April at Inverarity One to One’s new Edinburgh premises at 1 Montrose Terrace, Edinburgh. He is about to travel to the Canadian wilderness to prepare work for a major London show in October.


Perth-based Rosemary Bassett’s unique vision of the world around her has found expression through a strong understanding of encaustic painting, a technique which sees the artist mixing wax with oil paint to gave a rich texture to the surface of the work. It provides her with an interesting and tactile surface which can be used in a variety of ways and offers the viewer an almost transitory vision of a memory, as it does in this painting, River Tay at Kenmore 1.Bassett taught art and art history at Glenalmond College before studying drawing and painting at Leith School of Art, under the experienced eye of painters, Jacqueline Watt and Paul Martin. She is working towards a two-person show (with owner/artist Suzanne Hay) at the Ruthven gallery in Auchterarder, in September.


As the owner and general factotum of The Smithy Gallery, a beautiful little stop-off gallery in the Stirlingshire village of Strathblane, Natalie Harrison had got out of the way of painting, but recently, she has been back at the easel, dipping her toes in the water again. “I used to paint all the time before I had the gallery,” she explains, “And I actually painted in a strangely similar way to my partner George Allen, one of our most popular artists. So I've started painting a little bit here and there again I love the action of painting. It’s a very instinctive thing for me. It reflects the way I might be feeling.” Harrison is the daughter of Laura Harrison, one of the Smithy Gallery’s most popular artists. Obviously being immersed in art at work and home has rubbed off on Harrison, a selection of whose paintings, including this zingily jaunty work, Deep in the Valley, will be on sale during March at The Smithy.

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