Deadlines and Countdowns


Life is busy just now, but then what’s new. Since moving to our new pad out at Dalchonzie, where I’m just doing mosaic and no B&B, I’ve been going from project to project which is always good fun.

In May, I saw an opportunity to submit a design for an ‘animal parade’ . This one was called “Crieff Cowches” and it was essentially 11 life-sized highland cows to be decorated. Normal people, such as “In the Garden with Friends” artists Ceri White and Gail Robertson, would do this by painting, however I have always wanted to do a mosaic one. And given that it was in the town where I had lived for 20 years, and Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance will be the beneficiary after the auction in October, a great cause, I thought I’d give it a go.

I was approached by Graham of Gordon & Durward. He wanted to sponsor me and we came up with the idea of covering it in mice, given that Gordon & Durward make sugar mice. The cow is called “Sweetie Annie”.

So making this Mosaic took place in June. It involved over 25 mice and took me approximately 260 hours with a further 120 hours by volunteers over a 30 day period. As with my usual style, I tried to incorporate as much old crockery as possible. All the work in progress photographs can be seen on my Facebook page in the Sweetie Annie album.

Sweetie Annie Full
Sweetie Annie in Crieff

The auction for Sweetie Annie will take place on the Wednesday, 9th of October with a black-tie dinner at the Hydro Hotel in Crieff. If you would like more information contact David McCann by email on, or get in touch with me and I’ll pass it on. Tickets for the event evening can be bought via Eventbrite.

Sweetie Annie Head


Perthshire Open Studios is approaching fast with only 10 or so days to go, running from the 7th to the 15th of September. 10am until 5pm. I’m going to be closed on the Thursday this year.  Look out for venue 112 on the Green Route.

Visitors are always welcome even without necessarily buying anything. My passion for mosaics means that I can just talk about them until the cows come home.

I had asked via Facebook as to what kind of information would entice visitors to visit me, and got some great advice.  Some of this I have made into a series of banners. So here goes

Perthshire Open Studios Details
Perthshire Open Studios Details
Perthshire Open Studies 2019 visitors welcome
Perthshire Open Studies 2019 visitors welcome
Map of how to find venue 112, Katy Galbraith
Map of how to find venue 112, Katy Galbraith
Map of Dalchonzie area
Map of Dalchonzie Area

Whilst I have many things on the table right now, including mirrors, mosaic balls, little slates, little birds: my usual scatter- brained approach, I also have to progress our bathroom mosaic which is very intricate and based on a paisley design.

But this year is all about the birds…

Hanging Birds in Mosaic
Hanging Birds in Mosaic, each one is unique

I do hope you can come visit…

Interview with The Artists: Gillian Hunt

1)  Who are you and what do you do?
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 🙂
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.
My Room08
2) What is your process?
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’.
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.
3) If you walked into a shop/gallery and saw your work for the first time as a customer, how would you describe it?
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!!!
4) Did you have a ‘non-creative’ life/career before doing what you do now and how did it compare?
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.
I LOVE what I do now and wouldn’t want to go back to anything I have done in the past.
5) Apart from your hands, what is you favourite tool or material to work with?
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!
6) Is there a different medium/method of art/craft that you’d like to give a go?
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.
7) What visually inspires you?
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.

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.


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.


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!!!







Phone number – 01567 820990

Address – The Steading, Wester Lix, Killin, Perthshire, FK21 8RD

Lorna Radbourne

Stained Glass, Glass Jewellery & Watercolours

After gaining a degree from Durham University I worked in a National Nature Reserve in County Durham then trained as a primary teacher working in Hull and Leeds but finally returned to my initial love – Art.

While at University I used painting as a form of relaxation and became Chairman of the Arts Committee.


Over 20 years ago I attended an evening class where began my love of Stained Glass. Initially I worked in my kitchen then a caravan then a rather cold garage which after 18 years has been converted to a very cosy and clean workshop with my Studio at one end acting as a mini Gallery . It is ideal for visitors during the annual Perthshire Open Studios or any other time of year.

I particularly enjoy designing original art, converting people’s ideas and lives into beautiful stained glass heirlooms like windows, hangings or any other glass art.

Jewellery making began when I was approached to make a daisy necklace some years ago. The vast range of stunning glass lends itself to jewellery but I also like to add pearls, shells, beads and wire.  With various collections being inspired by travels, my collection has spread far and wide including, USA, Russia, Australia, France, Germany selling from select Galleries and also Gleneagles Hotel for a number of years.


In more recent years my Birds have taken off … so to speak! The first being a Father’s day present for my own Father. Robins are ever popular but others have included various Tits, Swallows, Wrens, the very popular Puffins, Grebes, Gannets and many more. Each developing their own personality as the pieces come together on the workbench.

I have worked on a number of community/charitable projects including a daisy/poppy panel for the hospice in Perth where visitors during POS one year had the opportunity to foil some glass to be added to the panel . Another project now hanging in The Community School of Auchterarder involved working with a number of teenagers with Autistic Spectrum Condition who created 3 beautiful and moving panels. In addition to these I have given a number of talks to groups in and around Perth and Dundee.

Last year I picked up my paintbrush again and began painting and drawing primarily wildlife and some buildings including Venice scenes and French landscapes.

Each year I take part in Perthshire Open Studios being one of the founder committee members, I was also on the committee for Creative Perthshire.  I have had work in the ArTay exhibitions during Perth Festival of the Arts, PVAF exhibitions, various showcase exhibitions, more recently work has been on show at the Perthshire Creates display in Perth and Perth Museums. In addition pieces have been in a number of Galleries and shops around Scotland.

My work was first put on show to the public in my house as a mini Christmas Craft Fair , after the second year it became clear we needed a bigger premises. We then moved to the local village hall where we now have an annual event showcasing very high quality artist’s work being sold by the designers/makers/artists themselves in a relaxed, fun, Christmassy atmosphere heading in to it’s 19th year.

I trade under the name of ‘Catriona Glass’


Contact details: Garden Workshop and Studio at The Crofts in Dunning , Perthshire

Tel. 01764 684452