A Taste for Impressionism At National Galleries Scotland

The remarkable story of how Scotland became home to one of the world’s greatest collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art is explored in this film to accompany The National Galleries’ big summer 2022 exhibition, A Taste for Impressionism | Modern French Art from Millet to Matisse. While I was unable to see this exhibition inContinue reading “A Taste for Impressionism At National Galleries Scotland”

Can Art Be Good for You?

Art has been shown to have a positive impact on our well-being. Studies have found that engaging in creative activities, such as painting or drawing, can reduce stress and anxiety levels. Art therapy has been used to help individuals cope with mental health issues, such as depression and PTSD. Creating art can also improve cognitiveContinue reading “Can Art Be Good for You?”

Sir Henry Raeburn: Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch

The portrait of Reverend Robert Walker, known by its popular title of The Skating Minister, is one of the most recognizable images in the Scottish National Gallery. I remember the first time I saw Reverend Robert Walker on skates at the Scottish National Galleries. It recalled memories of skating on frozen lakes in Northern Manitoba, withContinue reading “Sir Henry Raeburn: Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch”

National Galleries Scotland: A Hidden Van Gogh Self-Portrait

Happy New Year!  2022 was an extraordinary year for artistic endeavours and discoveries.   July 2022, Vincent Van Gogh’s Hidden Self Portrait caused a media sensation. I can only imagine the shock and excitement at the National Galleries Scotland with the discovery of a hidden Vincent Van Gogh self portrait behind the painting of HeadContinue reading “National Galleries Scotland: A Hidden Van Gogh Self-Portrait”

#FridayPainting: Home and the Homeless by Thomas Faed

Thomas Faed and his brothers, John and James, made a substantial contribution to Scottish painting through their scenes from Scottish history and contemporary domestic life. Their sister Susan Bell Faed (1827-1909) was also a painter and was often used as a model by her brothers. The circulation of prints made after the brothers’ paintings increasedContinue reading “#FridayPainting: Home and the Homeless by Thomas Faed”

#FridayPainting: Thomas Faed “Sir Walter Scott and his friends at Abbotsford”

When I view the painting, “Sir Walter Scott and His Friends at Abbotsford” by Thomas Faed, I try to imagine the discussion. It seems that Sir Walter Scott is reading from one of his novels to a group of friends eager to hear what comes next. Some lean forward, while others sit back in contemplation.Continue reading “#FridayPainting: Thomas Faed “Sir Walter Scott and his friends at Abbotsford””