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  • Bird watching

    15/02/2017 - 11 comments

    We are not twitchers, we don’t go hunting for rare white-billed divers or elusive eastern black redstarts to tick them off a list. The most exotic sighting we have probably made in Scotland was a hoopoe on the island of Iona about 30 years ago.

  • Painting of the week — Winter Swan ii

    25/01/2017 - 1 comment

    Swans in winter have a unique appeal. Claire Harkess seems effortlessly to capture the beauty of her subjects, whether they be individual birds or animals or flocks of birds, groups of animals.

  • Alsager Pottery — Why I love slipware


    We met Anne Rodgers of Alsager Pottery at Scone Palace during the 2016 Potfest ceramics fair. Her stand displaying slipware stood out among many indifferent stands and we were delighted when she agreed to exhibit her pieces at Tolquhon.

  • Cheers!

    4/01/2017 - 2 comments

    Cheers! Many a glass will have been raised over the past few weeks with perhaps a few sore heads resulting. Tim Cockburn brilliantly observes social gatherings and everyday events, especially Scottish ones boasting colourful kilts.

  • Merry Christmas and a happy New Year


    It is Christmas Eve, the turkey is chilling, the sprouts peeled, the pudding maturing and the fizz is on ice.  We are closed now for 2016 but looking forward to 2017.  Thank you to all who have supported us this year. 

  • Painting in the snow


    Like many other landscape painters, I love painting snow scenes, so the return of wintry weather every year is keenly anticipated as familiar landscapes are transformed by blizzard, storm and icy blast.

  • Christmas gift guide


    Newspapers and magazines are full of gifts ideas at this time of year. But if you are looking for a unique gift, what could be better than an original work of art. It really is the gift that keeps on giving. 

  • Ann Ross RSW — Fragmented memories


    I moved house during 2015 and because of renovation in the new house unpacking has been slow and difficult. You unearth papers and objects which have been stored and forgotten for years, packed speedily by the removal company, then slowly unwrapped into their new cupboards and drawers.

  • Our thirtieth Christmas Exhibition


    This time 29 years ago we were nervously preparing for the opening of our very first exhibition. We opened the gallery in November 1987 with a Christmas Exhibition and we have held one every year since, so this is our thirtieth Christmas show.

  • In the artist's own words: Robert Mach


    I was in Dunfermline delivering a talk on my work recently when, as is my custom, after line one of my carefully prepared notes I was already off piste.