Today I dropped into my favourite little local gallery the Lemond Gallery, right here in Bearsden. I always love popping in to see new exhibitions as Ken and Susan are great hosts and the stunning family home sets a perfectly relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Through my visits to the Lemond Gallery over the last year, I’ve been introduced to the work of a number of up and coming and existing Scottish artists, including Alison McWhirter, Jack Morrocco, Garry Brander, Gerard Burns and Ron Lawson.

The last show I attended was a solo show and ‘meet the artist’ session with Alison McWhirter. As an aspiring artist, this type of event is great to be able to ask the artist questions on their ideas, subject matter and technique. I remember Alison’s paintings were beautifully displayed in the gallery, where you are free to wander at your leisure throughout the fresh, bright and open space, with a lovely cup of coffee and biscuit in hand.

Today went one step further, offering a dedicated talk by Scottish figurative artist Drysdale Scott on his current work. This was Drysdale’s first major show, and formed part of a week-long solo exhibition displaying around 35 paintings, focused around the theme ‘Into the Golden Age of the 1950’s’.

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Drysdale selected four of five paintings and talked us through, in great detail, the process he went through and the idea behind each composition. We were able to ask questions freely and the responses offered real insight into the journey taken to complete this body of work. I took in so much information from the talk that I could go on and on, but in summary here are my takeaways:

Materials

Composition

Directions

Satisfying lessons

The programme for this exhibition states that ‘this brilliant body of work represents a pivotal start of his emergence’ and I can see why. This was my favourite from today.

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Like I said, I could go on. However I will wrap this up by saying that I practically skipped out of the Lemond Gallery today, buzzing, having just spent two very informative, enjoyable, creatively inspiring hours with some very nice people.

I look forward to another educational session as it was a very successful format. I would also love to see an artist ‘demonstration’ where we get to see them work. I would very much recommend a visit to the Gallery and you can find out more via the website.

July 3, 2016