Re-visiting the Tivoli Theatre



“The Rising” original acrylic on paper by Howard Butterworth

I recently enjoyed the Eric Auld Exhibition that was chosen by his family and I was delighted to see some early and previously unseen work by Eric. A particicular favourite was a small bright sunset.

After the success of my “Recollection” exhibition in 2013 and a continuing friendship with Brian Hendry, owner and rescuer of the Tivoli theatre, I agreed to revisit with a collection of a new and old originals and for the first time prints.

I will be showcasing “The Artist’s Garden” which was inspired whilst painting the Anchor for Friends of ANCHOR #20for20 Voyage Campaign. The idea was drawn from the gardens at home and the June Borders of Crathes Castle, “The Artist’s Garden” and the associated anchor are a tribute to those beautiful spaces that inspire, lift spirits, provide tranquility and hold precious memories.

The exhibition in bar area will be open from Tuesday 12th September for 6 days. I will be there 11 – 3pm most days to welcome you and answer any of your questions. Those that know me will know that I can chat passionately about most things especially cars!

If you would like to attend please CLICK HERE

Thanks to Tom Daly Photography and Go View Media for capturing Scotland Collected this week whilst I was at the Tivoli, the result I’m sure you will agree is quiet amazing!

Thoughts of painting in Spain…

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“Villa Azul” Limited Edition Giclee Print by Howard Butterworth

Finding myself thinking of Spain & hopes of warming up, to start my year of painting ; however finding myself in better weather at home!


Forest of Birse Church, through Finzean. Royal Deeside

My habit of starting the year with painting outside in blue skies, heat & with almond blossom has typically broken my January blues, however the light level over the past week at home has triggered me into action, despite it still being a bit cold.

So, whilst contemplating a trip to Spain, I find myself studying the weather reports, news and supermarkets!




Yes, I have found that the Norfolk Savoy Cabbage is still available, whilst the Spanish Courgettes are now not to be found locally.

These unexpected changes are keeping me home as I don’t think the art market is quiet ready to believe snow covered palm trees and beaches. Instead, the blues skies and frosted landscape of Royal Deeside is more believable and attractive.


Over the next few weeks I will continue my contemplation of my pros & cons. In the meantime you may see me out and about in my Hilltrek red jacket!

Above, I’m putting the finishing touches to an Oil painting of “Mickle Kinord”  Muir Of Dinnet in the Cairngorm National Park

Christmas Greetings.



Wishing all my friends and customers a Happy Christmas.

Here is a chance for you to be entered into a Free prize draw to win the only signed proof copy of my 2017 Calendar. All you have to do is “like” the photo of me with the proof below, or on the Butterworth Gallery FaceBook page. Closing time is midnight 07.01.17. The winner will be notified by 10th Jan 2017. We will send a regular A4 calendar too, as I think this may be more useful!

Good luck to all those that enter, however there can only be one winner!

Best wishes for a safe and prosperous 2017.




Question Time at The Butterworth Gallery, each Friday Afternoon before Christmas.



I will be spending my Friday afternoons at the family gallery in Ballogie from 2- 4pm each Friday before Christmas as a “Meet the artist” session. Afternoon tea is served in the friendly informal settings by my daughter Sarah.

Each week, I will bring along something I’m working on. I will be chatting to visitors about my life as an artist, available to help with any technical art questions or just for a catchup & general blether, as some will know this may include cars!

Here I am with a charcoal sketch of Bennachie.

I will be answering some frequently asked questions that have been left via The Butterworth Gallery Facebook page, such as:

Question: “Do you ever use black?”

Answer: “Not for nature……I would use a mix of dark browns and ultramarine ”

Question: “Do you use fine brushes?”

Answer: “Not in the main, but will use a Rigger brush (long thin brush) for birch tree branches….have been known to use fingers and edges of card”

Question: “Whats your favourite medium?”

Answer: “Oil paints for their immediacy”


If you are in the mood to make a purchase then I can personalise this for you or as a gift for a special occasion.

Painting ‘Oor Wullie’ for charity

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oorwullie logoI am delighted to be part of the Archie Foundations ‘Oor Wullie’ charity campaign 2016 to help raise funds for The ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Appeal for a Twin Theatre Suite. It’s a collaboration between Archie Foundation, DC Thomson and Wild in Art. Very much like the very successfull Wild Dolphins Trail 2014, for which I painted “Poppy”sponsored by John Clark Motors Group.

This time Archie are organising the ‘Oor Wullie’ bucket trail around Dundee and Tayside, it is to be made up of 50 ‘Oor Wullie’ sculptures painted by 50 different artists including my youngest daughter Mary Louise Butterworth ; It will be an eclectic mix of styles to delight everyone of all ages!


“Oor Wheelie” has arrived!

It is again an exciting project, which is running in the year that the iconic ‘Oor Wullie’ celebrates it’s 80th Anniversary. The sculptures will be on display late  June, July and August, culminating in an auction to raise funds for the charity later in the year.


My sketches of cartoon cars

My design, “Oor Wheelie” links in nicely with my supportive sponsor John Clark Motor Group ; I added some finishing touches at their Audi showroom at the end of May and had a lovely catch up with the team and a special Archie Foundation guest Daisy and her family.


“Oor Wheelie”, Daisy and I at John Clarks Audi Showroom, Dundee.                                             Photo is courtesy of DC Thomson Publishers.

Wishing everyone a lovely summer of enjoying the great outdoors & fun of the ‘Oor Wullie’ bucket trail

Summer on the River Dee near the Abergeldie Castle.

River Dee Art Exhibition

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The Banchory River Festival is taking place next weekend  on the 11th and 12th June 2016 and as part of their out and about river programme of activities I’m delighted to be showing a retrospective of my river artwork at The Butterworth Gallery in Ballogie, Aberdeenshire.

World famous Wade bridge near Braemar in early summer.

The Auld Brig O’ Dee at Invercauld

A selection of my work featuring the many moods of the River Dee will be on show as well as some new work by Mary Louise Butterworth. The gallery will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 4pm and there will be an opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy some light refreshments.

The River Don

Down Beat

If you would like any more information about the exhibition or the gallery don’t hesitate to contact us Tel 013398 86104





The popular fishing village of Crail captured on a bright summers day.

My #ScottishArtJourney

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In conjunction with The Butterworth Gallery, I’m taking you on an interactive art journey, a tour of Scotland;  to places and people I’ve seen and painted over the last thirty  years.

My journey will be posted on The Butterworth Gallery Facebook page, join me as I meander around the stunning landscapes of Scotland, showcasing paintings from idyllic locations!

Starting in the Aberdeen area the tour will move down the South Coast, along into the Central belt, up along the West Coast and back across the Cairngorm National Park to my home in Royal Deeside.

An armchair ride around Scotland,  touring my favourite places with little anecdotes and stories along the way!

As my #ScottishArtJourney continues – stay in touch!


‘River Dee in November’


‘Storm Frank’ devastated many businesses and homes in the Deeside valley in December. Royal Deeside is a wonderful place, especially Ballater, which I’ve called home for more than thirty years; so to show support and aid the raising of relief funds for people and businesses who have been deeply affected, I’m donating “November at Bobbie’s Pool” a painting of the River Dee completed in 2006.

This painting was originally showcased in an exhibition of mine at the ‘Marcliffe at Pitfodels’ to support The River Dee Trust. The exhibition was successful in raising a substantial amount of money. This painting has been in my private collection since, but I’m now hopeful that it will help raise the necessary funds to enable the local community to rebuild the areas affected  by Storm Frank and I’m happy to see that the community spirit is already shining bright, with lots of work and refurbishments already underway.

“November at Bobbie’s Pool” will be auctioned at the Victory and Albert Halls at the Ballater and Deeside  Flood Fundraising Event, on Saturday the 6th February from 7pm. Although tickets have sold out the organisers and Butterworth Gallery are taking bids until 5pm on Friday 5th February for more details contact or Tel: 013398 86104.

‘Cause and Effect’ – An Exhibition


I’m currently exhibiting a painting ‘The Media Take!” at The Pentland Gallery (Aberdeen) in their ‘Cause and Effect’ Exhibition (15th – 30th January 2016). By doing so it is important to note, that I am not in any way taking sides, but through my paint, palette and board depicting an image of the current crisis on-going in Syria, the Mediterranean and Europe.

media take hb

Painting by Howard Butterworth


7 x 10 inches

Acrylic on board, framed in black.

A percentage of sales will be donated to Mercy Corps who will also be fundraising and holding an auction during the exhibition.

Winter scene near Blairdaff.

Christmas at The Butterworth Gallery


Christmas is just around the corner, come and join us at the Butterworth Gallery for some relaxed Christmas shopping in our stunning location, only 45 minutes from the centre of town.

If your looking for the perfect gift for a loved one, friend or colleague come and view our superb range of original paintings and giclee prints by Howard Butterworth and Mary Louise Butterworth. We also have beautiful handmade jewellery by Lava Jewellery, Tweedie Beastie doorstops, Lino prints and pastel pictures by HJK Designs, stunning wicker work by Helen Jackson and the perfect stocking fillers with the OrganicaJ range.

The gallery has something to suit every budget, we have packs of christmas cards starting at £5, The Butterworth Calendar 2016 at £10 and Wentworth jigsaws from £6, with seasonal special offers also available.(Please ask in store or call for more details)

As part of our outstanding customer service we can also arrange; framing, Christmas delivery and a free gift wrap service. At the gallery, we are more than happy to send calendar’s direct to your chosen recipient with a personalised card and message all done to make your Christmas experience with us totally hassle free!

So with easy parking, festive bakes and mulled wine while you browse on our seasonal sundays – why go anywhere else for your Christmas shopping experience!

Festive opening hours from now until Christmas:

Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11am – 4pm

Sunday 11 am – 5.30pm

Christmas Eve 11am – 5.30pm

(Collection out with these times by appointment only.)

The gallery will be closed from 25th December – friday 1st January inclusive and will reopen on Saturday 2nd January 11am – 4pm

*Please note all framing orders should be placed by Sunday 6th December for guaranteed delivery for Christmas and all orders to be posted to Uk mainland addresses should be placed before the 18th December.

Written by H.J.K