Guess who 2!

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More portraits this week, with Angus leading a string of varied drawing exercises for the class.

Using resources and each other as models (including Angus himself), members sketched their way through: drawing upside down; drawing while not looking at the papers; drawing using only straight lines; and using graphite pencils.

The class fell near silent as everyone concentrated on capturing the details of faces – though there was plenty of laughter when people went round the class to check out the results.

Coming up on Wednesday May 17 – more portraits and a painting challenge.




Where to see our members’ work this month

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Work by two of our members – Rona Smith and tutor Angus Grant – features in the latest exhibition by the Creative Cairngorms group.

All you need to do it take a wee trip to Findhorn to the Moray Art Centre before the end of the month. It’s well worth a visit – with paintings, screenprints, photography, jewellery, etc, there’s a tremendous breadth of work to look at. And it’s fantastic gallery in a lovely wee village!


Can you paint a picture worth a few dozen words?

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That’s the intriguing challenge facing the Spey Art Group and associates.

Following the success of ‘Consequences’ exhibition now showing at Eden Court, our events extraordinaire Rona Smith has laid down a new test for us all.

It asks members to use their imaginations and creativity to come up with some unique pieces of art.

Each artist has been given three quotations and has to choose ONE as the focus for a piece of work. The quotes have been drawn from The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations – thus henceforth the project will be known as TODOQ. Rona has selected a total of 24 for the event from poetry, literature and many other subjects.

You are asked not to share your choice of quotation with anyone else – like Consequences, she’s looking for an exciting reveal when the exhibition goes on show.

Your response can be in any medium and any size.

Works will be grouped along with the quote that inspired them, giving everyone a unique insight into how the SAG mind works.

The plan is to exhibit the works first at Eden Court Theatre during July and August, though the deadline for completion has yet to be finalised.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Rona to receive your three quotations – ronas4@btinternet.com

No man is an island handwritten
No man is an island. John Donne (1572-1631)

Jan 25: The return of Consequences

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Yes – it’s back!

Consequences is going on show at the north’s premier arts venue – Eden Court Theatre in Inverness.

This is a brilliant chance for the group to display their work in the Highland capital – and for it to be seen by thousands of peole.

The chain of works will be hanging during the whole of February.

In preparation for this, Rona Smith, who organised the exhibition, needs to collect the works.

To that end, members must bring their works to the Wednesday Jan 25 class.

Rona and her team will be hanging the pieces at Eden Court on January, with the exhibition officially open the following day.

For more information on what Consequences was all about – and see the works included – click here.

Any further questions about the arrangements should be directed to Rona Smith.

Otherwise, the Jan 25 class will be an evening of tutoring with Angus, with a chance to print any etchings started last week.

Sharing: Watercolour demo….. — My Life as an Artist (2)

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Knowing that many of you are watercolour fans, just wanted to share this wee post I found on WordPress.


Along with workshops, I also like to give watercolour demonstrations. This is an excellent way to give people a taster of what watercolour painting can be. It’s always important to remember that my demo might be very different from other artists. What I say and do isn’t necessarily what others might agree with, […]

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A chance to make your Christmas presents!

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The trees are starting to turn yellow so it must be time to start thinking about Christmas, right?

And that means presents, so this new workshop could be very timely for some members.

Our lovely tutor, Angus Grant, will be leading a day of jewellery-making in the Inverallan Chuch Hall in Grantown next month.

He will take you through a range of basic techniques and you will use semi-precious stones to make three pairs of earrings and a bracelet.

This is our first workshop in association with the Cairngorms Learning Partnership so it would be great if we can get a good turnout. Please pass this information to anyone you think would be interested.

The price for SAG members and associates is £45, while for non-members, it is £55. Materials and tools are included – all you need to bring (according to Angus) is your lunch and plenty of enthusiasm.

You can see the course description and book your place here.