“In Miniature”

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fbevent minatureThe Butterworth Gallery at Ballogie has a new display of my oil paintings, some of which have not previously been offered for sale. I’m delighted with the arrangement of these small paintings on the feature wall in the gallery with the bespoke framing from the Belvidere gallery in Aberdeen.

This original collection has some of my special paintings of favourite Scottish places that have meant so much to me over the years.

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“Sunlit Cottage, Loch Broom”

Over the years, I have frequently travelled the west coast of Scotland, being attracted to the rugged landscape with its dramatic light effects. My painting of the “Sunlit Cottage, Loch Broom” is a typical snapshot of both. I’m not sure if the red roof of the wee cottage was newly painted, but it allowed me to notice it and then capture it in my own paint. I knew I had an exact match!

This particular road trip took me through the scenic routes where visitors are now becoming more frequent and is known today as the North Coast 500.

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“Poolewe Sunset”

This painting was painted in the car park of the Poolewe Inn, now the Poolewe Hotel. I had been anticipating having an excellent evening meal on my carefully timed arrival, HOWEVER! when I arrived, I realised I had to setup and paint the dramatic sunset which i knew was coming from my experience of painting “En Plein Air”. Despite being covered in midge repellent and smelling of turps and oil paint, I painted and dinner arrived, not for me though, just for the midges! The next thing to arrive was the groups of well fed guests who admired  my painting skill and perseverance. Midnight feast was a well earned cold beef sandwich!

This painting is now available as both a signed giclee and lithograph. I get pleasure from the success of the image as it makes it all worthwhile.

I will be at the Butterworth Gallery at the weekends 2 – 4pm, and I’m available to personalise purchases.

The Butterworth Gallery is open 11 – 4pm Thursday – Sunday. Viewing outwith these times is  available by contacting Sarah on Tel 013398 86104

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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

 

Howard

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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’

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‘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 Sarah@butterworthpaintings.co.uk or Tel: 013398 86104.

Winter scene near Blairdaff.

Christmas at The Butterworth Gallery

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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

Howard Butterworth, ‘Painting in fresh air’ an Exhibition and Auction, Wednesday 28th October 2015

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We have all followed Howard avidly over the last six months as he has completed twelve canvases in twelve different locations in aid of the Archie Foundation;  to help raise funds for their proposed digital art gallery, at The Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital.

TO LEARN MORE & DONATE TO THE “DIGITAL ART GALLERY” FOR ARCHIE FOUNDATION FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW:
https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/archiefoundation/findhoward


Howard has travelled across Scotland painting landscape scenes of joyous splendour, endeavouring to encapsulate some of the best views and places on his travels. He has met some wonderful people who have joined him on location; taking part in paint along sessions, enjoying watching an artist at work and also having the opportunity to ask questions and meet the man behind the paintings.

In celebration of the campaign’s completion and with true artistic flair an exhibition will be held at The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, Aberdeen on Wednesday 28th October, entitled “Howard Butterworth, Painting in Fresh Air”, hosted by sponsor Mr Stewart Spence.  All twelve canvases from the last six months will be on display to the public between 12pm – 3pm culminating in an auction of work later that evening.

If you would like an invitation to the evening auction, please contact:

caitlan@archiefoundation.org.uk

We look forward to welcoming you to the event.

written by H.J.K

The last chance to #FINDHOWARD Saturday 17th October 2015

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It’s the final #FINDHOWARD weekend!

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This is the last opportunity to #FINDHOWARD and see him paint ‘en plain air’ as part of the charity campaign to raise funds for ‘The Archie Foundation’ and their proposed digital art gallery for RACH (Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital).

Howard will be painting on Saturday 17th October, from 11am – 2pm in Glen Muick, near Balllater. So if you’re out and about this weekend and would like to see an artist at work, come along and have a chat with Howard; he’s more than happy to answer any questions you may have and there will also be some Archie Foundation, #FINDHOWARD goody bags, with Mackie’s of Scotland chocolate inside.

You could also enter this weeks ‪#‎FINDHOWARD‬ clues and competition with The Press and Journal, Aberdeen.

TO LEARN MORE & DONATE TO THE “DIGITAL ART GALLERY” FOR ARCHIE FOUNDATION FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW:
https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/archiefoundation/findhoward

For all enthusiastic GeoCache seekers, we have a multi cache for you this week:

http://www.geocaching.com/geocache/  but also remember to ask Howard for his unique TravelBug code!

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If you are interested in viewing more of Howard’s work; The Butterworth Gallery in Ballogie, near Aboyne, has a permenant exhibition of his work and is open from Thursday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm, it is also possible to telephone and make an appointment outwith these times Tel:013398 86104. Alternatively Howard’s paintings can be viewed online at http://www.The ButterworthGallery.com

written by H.J.K

Autumn at Royal Church near Balmoral.

#FINDHOWARD LOCATION 11, SATURDAY 3rd October 2015

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It’s #FINDHOWARD weekend!

Howard will be painting on Saturday 3rd October, from 11am – 2pm at Crathie Church, near Balmoral. So if you’re out and about this weekend and would like to see an artist painting ‘en plain air’ come along and have a chat with Howard; he’s more than happy to answer any questions you may have and there will also be some Archie Foundation, #FINDHOWARD goody bags, with Mackie’s of Scotland chocolate inside.

You could also enter this weeks ‪#‎FINDHOWARD‬ clues and competition with The Press and Journal, Aberdeen.

This is the eleventh of twelve locations where Howard will be painting to help, ‘The Archie Foundation’ and their campaign to raise enough funds for the proposed digital art gallery at RACH (Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital).

TO LEARN MORE & DONATE TO THE “DIGITAL ART GALLERY” FOR ARCHIE FOUNDATION FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW:
https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/archiefoundation/findhoward

For all enthusiastic GeoCache seekers, we have a multi cache for you this week:

http://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC5VQ1R_keep-in-touch-crathie but also remember to ask Howard for his unique TravelBug code!

If you are interested in viewing more of Howard’s work; The Butterworth Gallery in Ballogie, near Aboyne,  has a permenant exhibition of his work and is open from Thursday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm, it is also possible to telephone and make an appointment outwith these times Tel:013398 86104. Alternatively Howard’s paintings can be viewed online at www.The ButterworthGallery.com

written by H.J.K

#FINDHOWARD Location 10 Saturday 26th September 2015

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It’s another #FINDHOWARD weekend!

Howard will be painting on Saturday 26th September, from 11am – 2pm at the AECC (Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre) at The Scottish Home Show and he would love to see you, have a chat and answer any questions you may have.

You could also enter this weeks ‪#‎FINDHOWARD‬ clues and competition with The Press and Journal, Aberdeen.

This is the tenth of twelve locations where Howard will be painting to help, ‘The Archie Foundation’ and their campaign to raise enough funds for the proposed digital art gallery at RACH (Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital).

TO LEARN MORE & DONATE TO THE “DIGITAL ART GALLERY” FOR ARCHIE FOUNDATION FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW:
https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/archiefoundation/findhoward

For all enthusiastic GeoCache seekers, we have a multi cache for you this week:

http://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC61DDV_photohunt but also remember to ask Howard for his unique TravelBug code!

This weekend, you will also have a chance to view more of Howard’s paintings as The Butterworth Gallery has a stand at The Scottish Home Show too; so once you’ve had a chance to #FINDHOWARD and watch him paint;  come and visit the gallery at stand C20 in the Art and Retail section.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the show!

written by H.J.K