I’m really looking forward to NEOS this year, even though it will be a bit different due to covid restrictions. I have made a new body of work based around big skies and am looking forward to showing it. Luckily my studio is accessed through the garden so there’s no problem with having to go through my house. I am thinking it will be the same as visiting a shop, so please:
- wear your mask
- use the hand sanitiser I will provide
- only 4 people will get in at once
- and I am planning to have a 1-way system if it’s busy, so people can come in and go out different doors
I really hope people will still feel able & confident to come out to NEOS, a bit of culture is good for the soul in these challenging times! Click Here to see my new NEOS work based around the title ‘Receding Horizons’.
I’m very excited that the free Moray magazine ‘Lifestyle’ has used my painting ‘Rocky View‘ on their front cover this month! I love it & think they have picked up the highlight colours really well in the design.
The magazine has a whole feature article on upcoming NEOS which hopefully will encourage people to come out for the event. You can read the magazine here.
I’m taking the plunge and supporting the Artists Support Pledge movement, which was set up by artist Matthew Burrows in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic. It is a global movement where artists can post work to sell for under £200 (excluding shipping) on Instagram under the hashtag #artistsupportpledge. If and when they sell £1000 worth of work, they pledge to spend £200 on another artists’ work. There is also the option to give a donation to charity. The work is for anyone to buy and is a great way to get affordable artwork.
A small collection of my work is currently being shown in the reception area of the Aberdeen Health Village in Frederick Street. There is a selection of views of the north east coastline including Aberdeen beach, Balmedie, Slains and Sandend.
Get your Christmas shopping started at our village shopping weekend where you can buy unique, original gifts directly from the artists! Claire Terris of Blue Wasp Creative and I will be selling a variety of original artworks along with many prints, cards and other products over the weekend of 30th Nov-1st Dec in our studios from 10-5pm. Come and browse our selections while having some festive refreshments in our cosy studios.
Amongst the items for sale in JB Studio will be the newly published book ‘The Lost Village’ which is a short story based on the story of Forvie Village which was covered in sand in a huge storm around 300 years ago. This is a collaboration between myself and my dad, George Strachan, where I have illustrated his story with my paintings. It’s a lovey book, retailing at £10 – great for a Christmas pressie!
NEOS was another great annual event for me and my dad, George Strachan, this year. It’s so good to have something to work towards! We had around 200 visitors over the week from all over the UK and the world! It was amazing to me how many tourists were in the area and had picked up a book and were visiting NEOS venues over their holiday.
I’m excited to be participating in the Aberdeen Art Fair again this year, which is being held at the iconic & newly refurbished Music Hall on Fri 31st Aug-Sun 2nd Sept. Entry is free and the opening evening is 6-9pm on the Friday, then it’s 10-5.30pm on Sat & 10-5pm on the Sunday.
I have produced a new body of work for this event which is inspired by the cliffy parts of the NE coastline, from the Bullers of Buchan to Dunnotar Castle.
Please come along if you can, it will be a great event!
*Update* It was a great event! Lots of visitors and such a great venue.
I stumbled across some photos of myself on Flickr taken by @danoaberdeen on 8th Feb 2018. I hadn’t known he was taking them but I remember the day which was freezing hence all the puffy layers! I was sketching the lifeboat shed on Newburgh Beach. His caption called me a ‘young artist’ – delighted! I was sketching these small pastels at the time.
I’m really excited to be taking part in this amazing fundraising project for the Fishermen’s Mission charity. 100 people including artists and celebrities have been asked to decorate a porcelain fish to be auctioned in May from their website https://fishmishauction.org.uk/auction
Here is mine called ‘Metallic Mack’. He is inspired by my time working in ‘the fish’ in Peterhead as a student…
“I was born and brought up in Peterhead, a place where fishing is a fundamental part of life. My grandpa was a fisherman and although my dad got too seasick to go out fishing, he has painted the sea and boats all his life. I picked up his interest in painting and left home to study at Edinburgh College of Art then Winchester School of Art, before returning to the North East to live and work as an artist painting the local coastline. When I was asked to paint the fish for The Fisherman’s Mission, I thought of the summers I spent working ‘in the fish’ back in Peterhead while I was a student. One summer I worked 12-hour nightshifts processing mackerel at a machine – when I shut my eyes all I could see were those silvery blue mackerel! My fish, ‘Metallic Mack’, is inspired by them.”