|The Watchie, where Joan Eardley often painted|
|Joan Eardley at her easel in Catterline|
|Catterline Wall by Stuart Buchanan (Stuart lives and works in Catterline – he lives in her old house and paints in The Watchie, where Joan also painted)|
|Kate Downie's Hymervan monoprint series- Catterline IV|
Now here's a bus-trip which sounds hard to resist...
Last year, one of the highlights of the annual Mearns Connections Festival, based near Laurencekirk in the north east of Scotland, was a Ballad Bus which featured a voyage around the work of Arbuthnott-born author Lewis Grassic Gibbon.
This year, the organisers have decided to focus on another local hero, Joan Eardley.
Joan Eardley, who died in 1963 at the age of just 42, had a house in the north east coastal village Catterline, which is close to Arbuthnott, birthplace of Sunset Song author, James Leslie Mitchelll (Lewis Grassic Gibbon).
Like many people with a passion for art, I am drawn to the work of Joan Eardley like a moth to the light. Joan, like Grassic Gibbon, burrowed her way underneath her subject matter in a way which is almost primordial.
Her Catterline paintings represent some of her best work. When I first saw them in the 2007 at the retrospective devoted to her at the National Gallery of Scotland, I was quite literally thunderstruck. Up until then, I had only really known about the paintings she did of Glasgow street kids in the late 1950s.
The Ballad Bus, will rev up for business on Saturday August 13 and will take its passengers through the life, works and times of Joan Eardley. In Catterline, it will visit places which were both everyday and special to Joan.
Organisers promise 'an interesting, relaxed and enjoyable Ballad Bus experience is in store for all those attending, including the usual morning coffee break with home-baked scones.' (That does it, I'm in...)
The Ballad Bus leaves from the Grassic Gibbon Centre in Arbuthnott (three miles from either the A90 Aberdeen to Dundee dual carriageway, or the A92 coast road) just after 9.30am. on Saturday 13th August, and will collect passengers en- route starting with Edzell Post Office at 9am., Fettercairn Ramsay Arms Hotel at 9.10am and then Laurencekirk Mearns Academy at 9.20am.
It is advisable to book places by phoning the Grassic Gibbon Centre on 01561 361668, or emailing email@example.com
For further information, see:
Or from Marion Robson 01561 377501
The Ballad Bus is part of the Mearns Connections traditional arts festival organised annually by a committee of Mearns folk chaired by the master of entertainment and good fun, Mr Jim Brown.
|Beehives at Catterline by Joan Eardley|