Tuesday, October 03, 2006

"Entrance to the Souks", Watercolour on paper

I just wanted to let you know that there is a small review of my show "Farthest West", Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, in Today's (3rd October 2006) Scotsman.

The Review is written by Duncan Macmillan and I am very pleased with his overall summation of the work and the show. As a gallery owner said to me recently, any review of visual arts today has to be welcomed and I am extremely gratified that he enjoyed the work on display. Here is the extract if you cant get a copy (which also includes an image from my show, as seen above);

'At the Open Eye, Angus McEwan celebrates the power of paint to describe. He uses watercolour with exquisite delicacy to create an almost hallucinatory sense of reality of an object or scene. These are all pictures of Morocco and he revels in the exotic light and colour of the place, but is best on a small scale where there are no obvious pointers to the associations of his subject matter.

He paints a window opening into a dark space that could be anywhere, or the detail of a battered door with peeling paint. There is delight to be found in this kind of observation, poetry too, and not just admiration for his skill.'

The show was given 4/5 star rating.

I hope if you haven't already visited the show that you can make it through to Edinburgh at some point and I would welcome your thoughts on the work.

Monday, October 02, 2006

"Saturation Point", Watercolour on Paper

Well, the post "Opening" Blues have set in.

I think mainly because the "opening" is such a high point, which the previous 6 months have been building up to, that, there can only be one direction after that. Luckily, I still have lots of work sitting around waiting to be completed. The last thing I need right now is contemplation, that will come in the next few weeks, once I've reviewed the relative successes and failures of the show. Onwards and upwards.

The "Opening" was fairly successful with just over a third sold within the first 3 hours. Mainly the medium to small works with a couple of larger pieces, being the main targets. I had good feedback from everyone I spoke to, and it helped confirm to me that the newer works were accepted and are worth while pursuing. Something I am keen to do.