From Highlands to Home
The 24th Annual Annesley Exhibition
November 9, 2017| Fairmont Hotel Macdonald Hotel, Edmonton Ab. | 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Twenty-four new paintings featuring the architecture and landscape of Scotland, as well a selection of landscapes based on the Canadian Rockies.
One painting per month will be previewed starting June 9, 2017. For those unable to attend the exhibition, all paintings will be posted on the website to coincide with the opening at 5:00 p.m. Nov. 9, and we will accept telephone or email purchases at 6:00 p.m., one hour after the opening.
Preview #4 "Edinburgh" | Watercolour | 27 x 38" (41 x 53" framed) Watching the sunset from Calton Hill over Edinburgh was a highlight of our time in the Ancient city; a tangle of sun-warmed spires reaching up through a lush canopy of trees. The clock tower of the Balmoral Hotel and the dark neo-gothic Scott Monument are prominent landmarks, opulent detail recalling the elegance of the Victorian era. Beyond, whisps of fog roll in from the North Sea over the gently rolling Lothians.
Watercolour | 25 x 37" (39 x 51" framed) A dance of light and dark, the polished Spanish mahogany paneling contrasts with elegant leaded glass windows; warm red leather chair and velvet covered books are an antidote to the cool and misty highland landscape beyond. The "model" for the building is Glasgow's City Chambers, a Victorian masterpiece of lush detail reflecting the wealth and powerof the city. The incredible artistry of the tradespeople of the time is evident throughout the building. The landscape is a generalized memory of the many landscapes we saw over a month in Scotland, representing the misty weather and endless greens of the highlands.
Watercolour | 29 x 21" (43 x 35" framed)
The second of 6 paintings to be previewed for the 24th Annual Exhibition "High-lands." The Isle of Skye had to be one of our favourite places during our trip to Scotland this spring. The sunsets each night were glorious, some firey red, some gentle pastel, all sliced horizontally by islands and the reflective lines of swells rolling in. in this piece the graphic lines on the water almost have a serigraphic quality, contrasted with the soft chaos of the sky. I couldn't stop thinking of "Skye Boat Song" while there, dreamy, plaintive, melodic - just like the island.
Watercolour| 18 x 18" (30 x 30" framed)
The first of 6 paintings to be previewed for the 24th Annual Exhibition "High-lands." The map and compass reflect travel in the pre-GPS era, when navigation was done with skills and tools which are now becoming rare. We still love pouring over maps while planning our trips, whether hiking or traveling, and still take them with us. At the moment we are on the farthest point of our trip in the Scottish Highlands, on the West coast of the Isle of Skye - (just under the chain in the painting) map in hand, though admittedly the GPS is helping with navigating the intricate web of complicated narrow roads! Next preview: July 9, 2017