Friday, August 11, 2017

Gracefield Arts Centre

Rob and I had a trip to Dumfries today, walking Brock around the river walk before heading to the Gracefield Arts Centre for lunch and to see the exhibition Past and Present - A Celebration of the Dumfries and Galloway Fine Arts Society, which is on until 19 August 2017.

Here are some of my favourite artworks (apologies in advance for the reflections in the glass!):-



Jessie M King, If All The Carts Were Painted

I love the way she draws simplified flowers and buildings in a light and airy colour palette - very pretty. Her writing font is really lovely (seen at the bottom of the main image - click for a larger version).

Samuel John Peploe, Still Life With Fruit

I like the dark backgrounds/outlining, and his work reminds me of Cézanne's.

Alexander Robb, Still Life

A lovely colour palette, of greens, browns, and ochre. The highlights and range of tones, as well as the subject and composition, I feel, make this so successful.

John Crolla, Two Magpies

Mixed media artwork by this Lockerbie-based artist, who also taught art to many in the region, and was a past president of The Society.

Hazel Campbell, Grey Glenkens Landscape

This gouache and ink artwork could have been painted on a day like today! Very subdued colours and a stark winter landscape. I particularly like the mark making in this piece: spiky, inked lines for the twigs and broad, watery brush strokes for the fields.

The craft shop has a very good range of cards and gifts, and the cafe does a nice cup of coffee and sandwich - always an interesting place to visit.
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