Author: Joy Hardy


We have plenty of inspiration in our little corner of the world for painting seascapes; just imagine if we lived in Timbuktu or Phoenix, Arizona for instance. It’s a special kind of landscape and one that has always drawn artists to try to capture the light and mood. Aberdeen Art Gallery has some amazing seascapes… Read more »

No News Isn’t Always Good News

It’s a good while since we were able to meet for our art sessions and we had all been hoping that they might be resuming before the end of the year. Well, there has been no news from our venue, and of course, we all now know that there will be no easing of restrictions… Read more »

Travels After Lockdown

On a recent visit to Bergen I visited 3 of the main art galleries that had just reopened for the summer – Kode 2, 3 and 4. The exhibition in Kode 2 was on Picasso called Utstilling: Pablo Picasso. Suite 347.  It contained 347 drawings and lithographs, nearly all nudes, painted in his later life aged 75+. … Read more »

Nicole Porter

Local artist and gallery owner,Nicole Porter, has managed to establish a fine reputation in just a few years. Educated at Ellon Academy and then Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, where she obtained a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art in 2008, Nicole then embarked on a series of study placements in… Read more »

Outdoor Meetings

The outdoor meetings have proved a success socially, but not, as yet, artistically. We will meet again this coming Thursday (July 23rd) and possibly subsequent weeks whilst the good weather lasts and until indoor sessions resume.

Summer Outings

The seasons are marching on and we are now into what would have been our summer break. It is strange to think that we haven’t held an indoor session since March and I think we have all missed that weekly gathering. Weather permitting, we will hold two outdoor sessions at the Riverside Car Park in… Read more »

A sketch for the present times

An artist who lived in Ellon for many years, has done this sketch to represent what is dominating our lives at the moment. ”I was looking for an expression of what was happening and this seemed to fit the bill. The virus strangling humanity”