Published on 17/01/2018
SNOW SEEMS TO BE the main topic of this week’s news. It brings misery to many but joy to others.
While children enjoy days off school sledging, making snowmen, having snowball fights, and skiers make for the slopes or across country, many artists head out, gathering material and impressions for future paintings.
We rather enjoy snow at Tolquhon and we love snowscapes. We had some beautiful days before Christmas when snow lay thick and soft. It has bypassed north east Scotland this week but we have some wonderful winter paintings to enjoy in the gallery, each quite different from the next.
Soft and dreamlike, Aliisa Hyslop's figures are in their own magical world as the snow falls quietly in the moonlit birch wood.
Gillian Goodheir captures the intense, piercing blue of a clear, cold winter sky in the highlands of Scotland. Snowy mountains and trees are reflected on the loch.
Fiona Millar's belted Galloway cattle create marvellous patterns against the snow covered house and the hills. Her subtle palette and sense of design makes a decorative, appealing painting.
If we think of snow, we think it is cold and white but James Orr's painting is full of colour and it somehow feels warm. The sky is blue, the sun is shining, birds are wheeling around, sheltering trees display copper colours. It is a welcoming scene.
You can feel the movement of the winter fox as it speeds through the snow, ears back, fur bristling. Winifred Fergus's paintings are always beautifully observed, she captures the intensity of the animal.
Helen Tabor's expressive, semi-abstract landscape is full of life, built on layers of paint with bold brush strokes and patterns scraped through. Her subject matter is all around her in the Scottish borders and she is inspired by the great Scottish painters of the twentieth century including Joan Eardley, Anne Redpath and William Gillies.