Fortingall Art Summer Exhibition – 21st July 2018

Another In the Garden with Friends artist, Dave Hunt, has written a piece about the upcoming Fortingall Art Summer Exhibition which opens on the 21st July 2018.

Jo Cound will also be joining Dave at the exhibition, alongside some other great talent!

So copied, rather than re-pressed (or whatever the term is), here is his article for you to enjoy.

Fortingall Art Summer Exhibition : 14 years and still getting better…

It’s now just 5 weeks until the Molteno Hall in the picturesque Perthshire village of Fortingall will be opening its doors for an annual art exhibition that attracts visitors from both the local community and across Scotland, and beyond.

…. in the words of our esteemed Chairman, artist Eric Timms …

“Glen Lyon is said to be the longest and loneliest Glen in Scotland. True. But it is also the most creative Glen in the entire country. If you doubt this ambitious statement then come to our exhibition and make up your own mind. 35 top local artists will proudly be displaying new, fresh and exciting work that always surprises those that see the work.

Photography, oil paintings, water colours, fused glass, sculptures, contemporary furniture are just a few of the mediums on display. Jewellery that will bring the romantic out in you. Ceramics to contemplate. Contemporary ideas that will confuse and delight. Meet the artists who spend their time trying to make this world a better place to live in. They too will confuse and delight you.

Hop onto our website on www.fortingallart.co.uk and follow the artists who will be exhibiting by travelling around their websites and blogs. All the information you need to find us, and more, is there.

As Picasso said. “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”.

See you there dusty folk.

Eric Timms. Chairman.”

Fortingall Art Summer exhibition starts on Saturday 21st July and will be open every day until Sunday 5th August – admission free.

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The original article, and more images can be seen on their website here

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Something Different for Christmas

I have the joys of participating in the Dunning Christmas Fair, on Sunday 26th November, so only a couple of weeks away now… so my workshop is chaotic, with half-done flowers on slates in anticipation.

Now in it’s 19th year, this display of hand-made work by a curated selection of local artists is one to behold!  the quality of the work improves year on year, with the mix of artists changing a bit each time.  Many of the artists were part of the In the Garden with Friends exhibition, and indeed, there were some that became friends due to participating in the previous Dunning fairs.

The fair will be open 11.30 until 4pm, Sunday 26th November 2017

Visit the Facebook Page here to find out more, and to share with your friends and family

Interview with Annette Forsyth

1)  Who are you and what do you do?

Hi, my name is Annette Forsyth and I am a landscape and macro photographer.

2) What is your process?

My process for macro and landscape photography can be quite different. A fair bit of my macro photography happens in my garden and I keep a close eye on the particular species I am after, watch the light and pounce when I feel the conditions are right. Same applies when I am doing macro photography in the field. I tend to visit familiar places to check how far the flowers are and keep an eye on the best time to go and photograph them. Flowers don’t hang around for a long time, if you miss them you have to wait for another year.
My landscape photography is a mixture of planned and opportunistic. If I am planning to visit a location for a sunrise for example I will have checked it out at least once before and use tools like the weather forecast, a tide times app and the photographer’s ephemeris to determine where the sun is going to rise etc. Usually I arrive with a picture in mind. But I also equally love being flexible and if the weather presents a different shot I will go for that.
Back home the work continues in Camera Raw and Photoshop. All my images are shot in raw format and need to be developed. Sometimes that is just a few tweaks in Camera Raw and sometimes a lengthy process in Photoshop. My aim is usually to produce an image that reflects my emotional and visual experience in the field. Photoshop is often frowned upon by non-photographers, but is an integral part of the image making process in digital photography.

 

3) If you walked into a shop/gallery and saw your work for the first time as a customer, how would you describe it?

Beautiful and exuding a sense of calm and timelessness. Some people have told me they find my images painterly, that is not something I strive for necessarily, but I do try to capture moods and something of the essence of the places I visit. I try to create images that are a bit more than a mere record of a place and hope that people can connect to them on an emotional level as well.

4) Did you have a ‘non-creative’ life/career before doing what you do now and how did it compare?

In my “former” life I was a Biology, Geography and English (TEFL) teacher. But that is 20 years ago now, although my teaching experience comes in handy on my photography tours and workshops. Since then I have been self-employed and work in our walking tour business apart from being a photographer. I also run a self-catering flat at our house. In many ways it is great to have such a varied work life, however at times you can also feel pulled in many different directions.

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5) Apart from your hands, what is you favourite tool or material to work with?

That would be my camera of course. Depending on the subject I use different lenses, my macro lens is probably my favourite one. Apart from that I also enjoy the crafty side of producing my mounted prints and cards from cutting mounts to sticking and glueing my hand-made cards. One of my least favourite tasks is making sure the glass is spotless and getting rid of dust caught inside when framing up images. Any tips gratefully received 😉

6) Is there a different medium/method of art/craft that you’d like to give a go?

I have dabbled with a number of crafts over the years – calligraphy in my teens and twenties – drawing & painting (though enjoyed the process more than the results) – even upholstery and for a couple of years I was quite into mosaics as well.
At the moment I really enjoy what I do and don’t feel the need or desire to try something else, but that may well come.

7) What visually inspires you?

Nature! Not a surprising or original answer, but it is as simple as that.
I love being out in low light and in moody conditions. Generally I am very drawn to water as it is always changing and provides movement, play of light and reflections. I am also drawn to forests and trees. I grew up with a forest across the road and perhaps that is where my affinity with trees comes from. Forests are quite a challenging environment to photograph in and it is not easy to find clean compositions in what is essentially a pretty chaotic and busy environment.
For my macro photography it is very much flowers that inspire me in all their magnificent shapes, colours and forms.

 

8) What’s your favourite joke or limerick? Feel free to make up your own!

I can never remember jokes or limericks, but my brain is hard-wired to pun and do spoonerisms. I have however learned to keep the spoonerisms to myself (mostly) and won’t bore you here. You should thank me for that!

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Interview with The Artists: Gillian Hunt

1)  Who are you and what do you do?
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I am a Photographic Artist i.e. I don’t do weddings, corporate etc rather I take artistic images of flora. To support the starving artist side of me I work alongside my Photographic Artist husband doing printing and framing for ourselves and contracts for other artists. I am also the Membership Secretary of Perthshire Open Studio and work with Fortigall Art on their SocialMedia. On the non creative side we also have a busy holiday cottage 🙂
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More recently I have been approached and signed up by an American Licensing Company. My first License was sold last week and it looks as though I may possibly have another sale in the pipeline.
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2) What is your process?
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My process is twofold. I spend many hours walking around where I live and photographing the flora. I did a four year study of the Rosebay Willow herb and produced a body or work called the Fairy Ballet. I also grow flowers from seeds as I get to build a relationship with them and buy growing plants from our local garden centre. The are all potted up and grown on our first floor decking. We have a wild wildlife area surrounding us and the rabbits, ducks a deer eat any plants I try to grow in the ‘grounds’.
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Each day in Spring Summer and Autumn I study the plants and the light – and when it feels right I spend hours taking images from many different angles with different lenses. I also introduce ‘other elements’ during the shoot to bring in the Enchanted Forest effect which is currently what I am working on. Once the images are taken I then choose the ones to go forward. I then spend many happy hours with my flowers in photoshop and with my drawing tablet. Once I am happy (and like all artists I struggle with ‘when do you stop’) they are printed. This year I am bringing in new elements to the printed work – to highlight the ‘glints’ you would see on the living flowers.
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3) If you walked into a shop/gallery and saw your work for the first time as a customer, how would you describe it?
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I would say my work is different, it has a ‘painted’ feel to it. The images are usually bright and colourful although some are more edgy and they do grab the attention. The images are there to provoke reaction and are not stock shots of flowers. I have had it said to me that I take Macro Flowers to a whole other level!!!
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4) Did you have a ‘non-creative’ life/career before doing what you do now and how did it compare?
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My working career includes working in a library, living and working in a hotel for a year in Scotland in the early 70’s – called the Ardeonaig Hotel. I came back to London after that and started my 15 year long career on the technical side in Broadcast Television. I worked in the edit suites of post production and also with the studios during the productions – I have a few tales to tell about celebrities. What happened in the studio didn’t stay in the studio it made it on to the Christmas tape!!! A tradition across TV. I loved working in TV until the money men got hold of it. I left when I was pregnant with our first child. I ran a children’s clothing company for a while, once both children were toddlers, selling seconds and end of lines at parties and play groups. The I pursued a writing career writing Children’s books and had some success. I also trained as a Reflexologist – practising for eight years..Then we moved to Scotland with the family and I stared my career letting out mine and other people’s holiday cottages. At the same time I did my Relexology. We are still doing renting out our cottage along side our creative careers. I did also train as a counsellor. I have a deep interest in mental and physical health. In the end though the creative side of me won.
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I LOVE what I do now and wouldn’t want to go back to anything I have done in the past.
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5) Apart from your hands, what is you favourite tool or material to work with?
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Obviously my camera. But I love the feel of paper and always work with textured papers. I also work with paint brushes, glitter and now crystals. Plus I love working with wood for my frames and the stains and waxes we mix and apply. I also love my drawing tablet and pen which is key in most of my work!
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6) Is there a different medium/method of art/craft that you’d like to give a go?
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I would love to be able to paint and draw, but despite the fact that I am told everyone can draw – I don’t feel I can.
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7) What visually inspires you?
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I am always drawn to bright colours of nature whether it is Spring, Summer, Autumn, or Winter. Oddly though when I working on my drawing tablet – I have specific films on in the background and that seems to inspire how my images grow.

Jo Cound

Nature never ceases to amaze…

Nature is my inspiration, especially the intricate details of all things that grow. From moss, fungi and flowers to wonderful trees and the beautiful atmospheric landscape I live in.

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I capture both digitally and on film using 35mm, 120, large format and a Pinhole camera. After over 20yrs in photography I am most passionate about film and the traditional silver print and love being in the darkroom. Nature never ceases to amaze me and demand I create, I hope to capture the essence of my subject and hopefully the viewer will see something different.

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Jo runs Sunday Workshops focusing on Close Up and Landscape Photography and One to One sessions. Her photographs are exhibited locally and shops stock a range of cards, coasters and notebooks. She offers photo retouching service and film development.

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Gillian Hunt

Magical Enchanted Forests

Growing up I often felt that I somehow didn’t quite fit – and wasn’t interested in the usual games of children.

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Instead I found a great deal of joy just spending time in the woods and fields that surrounded where I lived – spending time looking at plants and animals and insects. Also managing to cause disasters when my caterpillars and stick insects got out of control and caused mini insect plagues. Here though I found a totally and utterly absorbing land full of wonder and magic. Somewhere special where I always felt I belonged without question. Somewhere there was no judgement, no pressure, no time limits. A place where I could just exist and ‘be’.

This ‘communing’ with nature has continued throughout my growing up and into my adult life. I am lucky enough to now spend time every day with the flora and fauna where I live in Perthshire in the Scottish Highlands, either just being with it all, studying it, talking to it and when the time and the light is right photographing it.

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Nature in all its year round glory is my muse and through it I find that I am able to explore and express myself – both in the light and through all shades of emotion to the deepest dark . . . The plants I find and the seeds I grow transform into magical Enchanted Forests that I am able to explore in minute detail and then in turn I am able to share what I see and feel with people who are ‘moved’ by my images and what those images inspire in them… Currently exploring my ‘dark’ phase!!!

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