Art + Birds

This week I have been fortunate to see some new exhibitions, which have reminded me of some other favourites.  In Stirling at the Smith Art Gallery and Museum I found the most gorgeous watercolours by Darren Woodhead, his commissions from his tenure as artist in residence with the IFLI are truly epic depictions of the wildlife around Culross, Kincardine and Longannet, an area long held to be of Special Scientific Interest, indeed my friend Sherry conducted her final year dissertation  research here and I have just about got over walking through that field of cows with her nearly 40 years ago.   That IFLI is worth keeping an eye on if you live nearby, many interesting projects are going on, not least the development of the new RSPB site south of Alloa, Black Devon Sands.

Anyway, I found the other exhibition at the Smith, by artists of the Royal Watercolour Society, to be equally engaging, being a range and diversity of styles but overall a fine and eclectic selection.  In the café I was deeply privileged to be mainly ignored by Oscar Clingan-Smith, cat in residence, snoozing quietly and no doubt dreaming up his next post on his Twitter feed.  I refocused on the wall panels about sewing communities.   Browsing Oscar’s musings later, I inevitably ended up on something else, this time the page of Glasgow Print Studio which boasts amongst others a new print by John Byrne  and the exquisite detail of Fiona Watson.   The amazing bird work on here of course took me back to Barbara Franc and I make no apologies for repeating the link to her site here.