Solway House artists at Spring Fling 2015

With John writing up a large (and seemingly non-ending) academic paper, our social life has suffered a lot this May. So I was understandably excited about our weekend visit to Crichton and a chat with Solway House artists during Dumfries and Galloway’s Spring Fling 2015 open studios event. What a wonderful experience it was!

It was fascinating to study the shades of blue in William Spurway‘s Scottish landscape paintings and explore the art materials William uses in his work. John was very taken with an art piece by Steven Burnie and after a conversation the artist was determined to acquire one. I was charmed with bold colourful paintings by Evelyn Gray. Fraser Irvine‘s display of large sketches and soft expressive landscapes made me feel lyrical.

It’s year 13 since Spring Fling came into existence as Scotland’s annual premier art and craft open studio event. 94 artists participated this year, 6 of them based in Solway House. I think it’s admirable when artists welcome the public to their studios to provide insight into their techniques and practices. And sometimes the studio space and atmosphere provide a valuable insight into their work. I sincerely hope that Spring Fling carries on enhancing our discovery of Dumfries and Galloway professional artists and craftsmen in situ.

'A'-listed Solway House in Crichton, home to an artist studio group

'A'-listed Solway House in Crichton, home to an artist studio group

Spring Fling 2015 exhibition

Spring Fling 2015 exhibition

William Spurway, landscape artist

William Spurway, landscape artist

Art materials from William Spurway's open studio

Tools of the trade

Oil paint palette from William Spurway's studio

Wonderful shades of blue

Looking at exhibited artworks

Looking at exhibited artworks

Steven Burnie, a Solway House artist

Steven Burnie, a Solway House artist

Steven Burnie's open studio

Steven Burnie's open studio

Steven Burnie is quite outspoken about his inspiration and process

Steven  was quite outspoken about his inspiration and process

Evelyn Gray with her colourful paintings at Spring Fling 2015

Evelyn Gray with her colourful paintings at Spring Fling 2015

Attracting a younger audience - ha-ha!

Attracting a younger audience - ha-ha!

Evelyn Gray gives a peek into her creative process and techniques

Evelyn Gray gave a peek into her creative process and techniques

Fraser Irvine in his Solway House space

Fraser Irvine in his Solway House space

Fraser Irvine's easel on dispaly

Fraser's easel on display

Nail and cloth - I love the colours!

Nail and cloth - I love the colours!

Both finish artwork and sketches were on show to satisfy the public's curiosity

Both finish artwork and sketches were on show to satisfy the public's curiosity

If you want to see more images from this session please visit my Spring Fling 2015 at Solway House Flickr gallery.