Douglas May

Contemporary and just a little bit different from Douglas May. Imaginative Prints to get you noticed !

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Strong and Bold

What a beautiful, bright morning. Green and Blue for miles outside the window.

Have a good week ahead and enjoy this colourful print with your morning coffee and commute.

 

Summer Trees by Sarah Anderson

 

Sarah grew up in Galloway (South West Scotland) surrounded by peaceful woodland, rugged moorland and beautiful coastline. From an early age her Mother, an art teacher at the school, nurtured her interest in painting.

Anderson graduated from Edinburgh University with an M.A. (Hons) in Fine Art in 1999. A very successful degree show inspired her to commit to painting. Sarah primarily paints in a studio which she shares with other artists.

Sarah’s inspiration is derived from the magnificent Scottish landscape, particularly the west coast. The recurring themes in her work reflect the dramatic effects of weather on the mountains and shorelines.

The changing light and atmospheric effects have provided endless ideas and Sarah seeks to capture something of that. Her palette is strong coloured with a wide tonal range, principally in oils. The physical act of painting is important to her with paint surface a prominent element as she strives for simplicity of form and overall unity. The paintings Sarah has recently completed attempt to envelop the viewer in the prevailing atmosphere.

Summer Trees by Sarah Anderson – strong and bold :: Sarah Anderson Art :: Bay Attic.

Douglas Roulston | Artist Spotlight

Douglas Roulston, originally from Glasgow, studied at Duncan of Jordanstone, University of Dundee and achieved a Bachelor of Fine Art. He then went onto complete a Master of Fine Art.

He has taken the myths and legends of the Scottish Highlands and portrayed them with oil on canvas and expressive charcoal drawings. His passion for landscape has derived from his enthusiasm and love for outdoor sports such as skiing, mountain biking and hill walking.

In undertaking these sports he has had the time to appreciate the true beauty and atmosphere of the Highlands. This beauty inspired him to study 19th century Romantic artists who first started to capture the picturesque scenery of places such as Glencoe and Loch Katrine.

Artist Douglas RoulstonHe has painted from his imagination and tried to capture the intensity of the Highlands and the power that it has over humanity. This is highlighted by over exaggerating rock faces and creating piercing light rays through breaking clouds, reflection and the tranquility of distant springs and lochs. Mankind or any human creations rarely feature in his work.

It is the awe of nature, and the spirit of the sublime of nature that is explored throughout his work.

Coastal Scenes in Raymond Murray A3 Art Posters

A colourful choice of A3 poster from artist Raymond Murray. Iconic ship building scenes featuring East India Harbour, The Launch, West Harbour, and surrounding area – The Greenock Cut, Waterman’s House and The Vennel, to seascapes and coastal Clyde views such as Sandbank, Dumbarton Rock, Rothesay Harbour, and Dunoon waves. What will you choose ?

Rothesay Harbour A3 Art Poster

About the Artist.

Raymond works from his studio on the Isle of Bute. Here he is still close to his roots having been born in the shipbuilding town of Greenock, memories of which still inspire some of his work. It was there that he was taught the spectrum of painting by the renowned marine artist James Watt. He had a natural talent as a youngster and used to draw portraits of his fellow pupils in his “jotter”. He says, “As a kid at school I wondered what all the fuss was about drawing portraits; couldn’t everyone do that? I was surprised that the teacher knew so much and taught the class but couldn’t draw.”

As a young man he studied for a time at the Neo Classical Portrait School in London but eventually decided that, “there was nothing very interesting about portraits” and left. He was inspired, however, by the Impressionists, particularly Vlaminck, “I loved his deep blue skies and use of pure colour: this was for me”. In 1969 he started using a broad brush, pure colour and “artistic licence”. This very distinctive style, bold, vibrant and dynamic remains today.

“I think ‘abstract’ when I’m painting, but I don’t paint abstract. I always paint from memory too. It means you miss out things and add things, but that’s the benefit, it’s your interpretation, it’s better for composition.”

Raymond Murray A3 Art Posters | The Bay Attic | Rikki O’Neill Art Posters

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