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  • Neil Simone

    Neil Simone was born in London, but was captivated by the Yorkshire Dales and has lived and painted there for many years. He is entirely self taught and produces work of great imagination. Although originally inspired by the scenery of the Yorkshire Dales, his paintings encompass a huge range of subjects, using many different techniques. […]


     Southwold Gallery, Suffolk This painting in water colour and acrylic depicts the windswept marshes at Walberswick, near to the sea side town of Southwold. Between the 16th and 18th centuries, the marshes were drained and used as farmland, they were flooded during the 2nd world war to act as invasion defences and in the 40’s […]

  • Snowdrops

    As we approach the end of January, we are all looking forward to longer days, more energy-giving daylight, and hoping for a return to that much longed for social side of our lives. The wait is beginning to seem endless. A symbol of that awakening, so much more significant this year, is peeking through the […]


    Who would have imagined when art sessions resumed last January that we would be spending all our creative time at home. Painting doesn’t instantly spring to mind when you think of sociable activities, but it is amazing how much support, encouragement and inspiration we derive from our group sessions. We have all missed that, and […]

  • Seascapes

    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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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+.  […]

  • 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 […]