My summer exhibition at The Butterworth Gallery continues with my work of “special paintings” these like my “In Miniature” are paintings that I have particularly liked and have kept as they represented the standard I wanted to achieve. This Summer exhibition includes some paintings of well loved places in Royal Deeside from over the last 15 years. In addition to the original oil paintings, Butterworth Studios Ltd has released 5 new signed giclees.
“Ballogie” is an original oil painting that I painted when my eldest daughter Sarah and her family started the gallery in the old village shop, formly run by the Coutts family.
“Dervaig” I have spent time over the years visiting many favourite haunts of the West coast of Scotland and it’s islands. This particular trip to Mull in the 80’s was a wet one, so defying the weather I painted this village on a rather wet Saturday. The aerial is an important part of the atmosphere and mood in this painting, as the family of the cottage were inside watching the television. During the evening I was asked to paint the aerial out but chose to be my normal awkward self and kept it in!
“Poppies and Geraniums” This painting is of the front garden in Glenmuick and represents the startling contrast of colours that these two plants emanate against the backdrop over our garden fence.
“Inchnabobart” is one of the Glenmuick cottages on the Balmoral Estate that has been used by the Royal family for their picnic lunches. This painting is special to me as I have captured the colours particularly accurately.
“Harlequin” One of my favourite places to visit and paint in upper deeside. In this particular painting i captured the chequered colours of the summer landscape which suggested the title. The view point overlooks the river Dee and the Quoich, looking up to Braeriach.
Currently I’m still out and about painting in easily accessible places for next year’s exhibition that will see me celebrate my 75th birthday.
If you have a memorable & favourite place, feel free to get in touch as I may have painted it and still have in my collection or I may be able to accept a commision.
The 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.
“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.
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
“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
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.
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!