Back From The Edge by Paul MacPhail | Gift Mugs

Creativeness on Portobello beach, Edinburgh. The work of photo-sculpture-artist Paul MacPhail.

See Scottish life – with a very different perspective. Paul’s images take you to futuristic landscapes, they make you look at the familiar from a different point of view, but most of all, his images captivate and draw you into the scene.

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Belties and Colourful Vases

Fiona Millar lives and works in the Scottish borders and is based at the WASPS Studios in Selkirk. Her instantly recognisable work, that often features flowers and Belties, is highly stylised and has an 1930’s Art Deco feel.

Buddleia Ceramic Gift Mug by Fiona Millar

She is a self-taught artist, and originates from a family familiar with art, as her father was an art dealer, and her sisters studied at Art College. Her family, aware of Fiona’s natural talent, encouraged her to develop her own style both in content and application. Fiona produces much sought after work. Her landscapes are influenced by the rolling countryside and hills of Galloway, and often feature her beloved Belties, her Still Lifes composed with colourful vases and flowers.

 

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Spirited Shape and Form

Diana Hand has always loved horses – as a horse owner and rider, Diana finds drawing horses a very natural form of expression and enjoys sharing the movement, spirit, study and form of these beautiful creatures in her work. She was brought up in London and trained at the Ruskin School of Drawing in Oxford and later at Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 2001 with an Honours Degree in Painting.

Her work includes textiles, printmaking, sculpture and more recently her first love – drawing on paper – particularly horses.

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Winter Solstice

One of the oldest Winter celebrations in the World is the celebration of the Winter Solstice.

In the time when Ancient people were hunters and spent most of their time outdoors, their lives was heavily influenced by the seasons and weather. Many Ancient people worshipped the sun. In fact the word ‘Yule’, is thought to have come from the Norse word for wheel ‘Houl’. The Norsemen of Ancient Europe saw the sun as a wheel that changed the seasons, so at mid-winter, they would light Bonfires, tell stories and drink sweet ale.

If you were an Ancient Roman, this time of year was cause for celebration that lasted 7 days called, Saturnalia. The festival started on 17th of December and throughout the following seven days, houses were decorated with greenery, presents were given, processions flowed through the streets, candles were lit and ordinary rules were reversed – men dressed as women and masters dressed as servants !

In the UK, Winter Solstice falls on the shortest day of the year, on the 21st of December. It has been celebrated since the time of the Druids – long before the arrival of Christianity. The Druids would cut Mistletoe that grew on the Oak trees, and give it as a blessing. Oak trees were regarded as sacred and the Mistletoe a symbol of life in the dark Winter months.

Peter McDermott Winter Solstice - Print

Winter Solstice Art by Peter McDermott

The Druids also believed that the sun stood still for twelve days during the Winter months, so they would burn a log to conquer the darkness, banish evil spirits and bring luck for the coming year.

Now-a-days, many of these Ancient traditions have become part of the festivities at Christmas-time.

Enjoy the season, love and best wishes,

Elaine and David x