Spring Fling 2016 at Solway House

Spring Fling 2016, Dumfries and Galloway annual open artist and makers studios event, entered its 14th season with 94 participants across the region. Every year Spring Fling offers art lovers an opportunity to peek into the local artists’ creative practices, follows a progress from a simple sketch to the finished art piece and have a personal chat with them about what was involved in the process of creation.

As it is physically impossible to visit them all, I decided to reconnect with my last year favourites at Solway House.

I saw some new airy landscapes from Fraser Irvine and pastel sketches on display. His studio collection of cigarette packs is now longer!

Shona Guthrie who makes wearable jewellery allowed me to photograph the giant wall collage of photos, cutouts and quotes that forms her working environment. I had never seen a jeweller’s working equipment before!

I had a chat with Stephen Burney about the differences how a photographer and a landscape artist interpreted the same scene in front of them and about the idiosyncratic view angles. The series showing his sketches alongside the found objects from his landscape study trips was also revealing.

Finally I caught up with William Spurway and his newest prints, drawings and Dumfries and Galloway inspired oil landscape paintings, and got an invitation from him to the opening of his college students’ end of the year exhibition at Moat Brae.

I felt inspired to create new work too by this Spring Fling studios visit!

Fraser Irvine's studio (Spring Fling 2016 Studio 52) at Solway House

Fraser Irvine's studio (Spring Fling 2016 Studio 52) at Solway House

Fraser Irvine in his studio

Fraser Irvine in his studio

Fraser's finished lndscape paintings

Fraser's finished lndscape paintings

The inspiration corner

The inspiration corner

Urban scene sketch by Fraser irvine

Urban scene sketch

Examples of preparatory work

Examples of preparatory works

Tools of the trade

Tools of the trade

The last hour of the last day of Spring Fling 2016

The last hour of the last day of Spring Fling 2016

Shona Guthrie's work space (Studio 54)

Shona Guthrie's work space (Studio 54)

Shona's wall photo collages evocative of her personality

Shona's wall photo collages evocative of her personality

Pins?

Pins?

Tools for handmade jewellery making

Tools for jewellery making

Shona Guthrie's handmade jewellery

Some of Shona's beautiful jewellery

Steven Burnie (Studio 56)

Steven Burnie (Studio 56)

Steven's finished work and sketches

Steven's finished work and sketches

Steven recommended me this book for relationship betyween photography and its use in landscape painting practice

Steven recommended me this book for relationship betyween photography and its use in landscape painting practice

Artist's tools

Studio 56 - the artist's tools

Found objects that inspired Steven's work

Found objects that inspired Steven's work

William Spurway in his studio

William Spurway in his studio (Studio 55)

Painting paraphernalia

William's painting paraphernalia

Studio 55, new prints made for Spring Fling

Studio 55, new prints made for Spring Fling

William examining his print in front of his finished paintings

William examining his print in front of his finished paintings

An easel with Willliam's research and sources of inspiration for Dumfries and Galloway landscapes

An easel with Willliam's research and sources of inspiration for Dumfries and Galloway landscapes

Drawings and paintings  on display to give insight into William Spurway's creative process

Drawings and paintings on display to give insight into the artist's creative process