Thursday, 23 May 2013

Up Close! Louise's Diary 2013...

Over the next few months, Louise Scott will be out and about, exhibiting her work, up and down the country!  Get up close to the art and meet the artist herself at these upcoming events:-

Date: 7-10 June 2013
Event: Parade Artists
Location: WASPS studios, Dennistoun
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Date: 31st May to 2 June 2013
Event: Gardening Scotland
Location: Royal Highland Showground, Edinburgh
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Date:  7-9 June 2013
Event: The Contemporary Craft Festival
Location: Bovey Tracey, Devon
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Date:  5-7th July 2013
Event: Scone Game Fair
Location:  3D/2D Craft Tent, Scone
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Date:  2-11 August 2013
Event: Pittenweem Arts Festival
Location: Pittenweem, Fife
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Meanwhile, you can find out more about Louise, browse her galleries and invest in her art at

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

I See You. Or Do I...?

Younger Louise Scott, With Her Beloved Pentax

In this week's blog, Louise invites you to really open your eyes to the world around you, as she explores the value of learning to encounter even the most every day images from a fresh perspective...

I have this information in my head and I am pretty sure I haven’t dreamt it up ( a question I often have to ask myself ) which is that our eyes only ‘see’ 10% and the brain then makes up the remaining 90 %  from stored information. 

It is very easy to let the brain do this for us and by doing so we can miss an awful lot of detail in life and the world around us. The challenge for artists is to try and not be lazy, to learn to LOOK and really SEE what is around us. 

It's like taking your eyes to the gym, its hard work and after as little as 10 minutes your eyes will begin to complain like hell at being over stressed and tired - that’s if they are ‘unfit’ and out of practice! This goes someway to explaining why, if I do a good few hours of life drawing I get a headache. It's because I'm basically trying to overrule my brain, which wants to say “ yep, that’s what a leg looks like, I’ve seen one before so I’m just going to make it up for you”. Instead, I must get my eyes to do more work than they want to do.  Of course, the headache is probably coffee withdrawal too!
Life Drawing by Louise Scott
Life Drawing by Louise Scott

When both my girls were about 3 years old, they would spend time sitting at the kitchen table opposite me while I did my artwork. I don’t know if it is still the same, but 10 years ago, kiddies paint sets were rubbish ! Why were children expected to enjoy using a plastic paintbrush which, by its very nature would not hold paint and a set of paint circles that reluctantly produced a weak pool of colour if bullied mercilessly?

Painting - Louise's daughter, Mary

I would give them a set of my own watercolours and some decent brushes to work with. After showing them how to hold and use a brush and how to rinse it in water after each colour, off they went. In fact, children of 3-4 years can use watercolours perfectly well - and while I’m on my soapbox, I may add that they can also wield a pair of sharp scissors too!

Painting - Louise's daughter, Anna

The next exercise was to get them to look at what they were painting, if it wasn’t coming fresh out of their imaginations that is. I was always asking questions like...

“what colour is the sea today?"
"how many colours can you see in the water?”
 “did you see that!?”

It was Picasso who said...

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we have grow up". 

One way of remaining an artist is to always be looking, always trying to make your eyes really see what is there, be aware of the world around you and limit your brain's liking for taking liberties with the truth.

I’m not entirely sure where this rambling blog is going, or if indeed I have a point to make but I suppose what I am interested in is the numerous ways in which art is made and how we all see things differently.  I don’t have time right now to go further but I will return to it later....because there is more to this than meets the eye ;)

Chick by Louise Scott

Next week, get ready for a close up! We'll be releasing a diary of the places you can see the work of Louise Scott (and meet her too!) around the UK, in the coming months.  Meanwhile, find out more at her main website,

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Art On The River...

This month, Louise is taking part in Art On The River in Perth. The event, which is happening on 18th and 19th May, provides an ideal excuse to visit this pretty city, as part of its Festival Of The Arts.   In this week's post, Louise highlights some great artists exhibiting alongside her in one of the city's gorgeous exhibition spaces Jardine Gallery...

Jardine Gallery  features the work of lots of amazing artists including my friend Geckoman....

Bronze Frog by Gheckoman

 and another friend, Becka’s Insects... 

Driftwood with Silver Wire Web & Spider - Becka's Insects

Julian also features work by one of my most favourite artists, Colin See-Paynton.  I went to a weekend class with this fantastic wood engraver many moons ago while I lived in Wales and he has been very influential to me.  His work gives me butterflies in my stomach and makes me breathe funny when I see it....because I like it so much, not because I am about to have a seizure!!

Quietude of Swans - Colin See-Paynton

Finally, my lovely, lovely friend Eileen Clason will be at the festival with her very special organic soaps and beauty products - see her scrumptious range at It's Only Natural.

Hope you can join us in Perth for a few - hopefully sunny -  days on the river!  Oh, I'll be doing workshops too...

You can find out more about Louise Scott and view her own range of artwork and etchings at

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Louise Scott - Gift Collections...

Seahorses - Etching

Louise is currently showcasing an extensive range of her work - perfect for gifts -  at her official website.  You can buy Etchings, Prints, Calenders, Notecards, Coasters and Table Mats.  Go to Meanwhile, take a closer look...

Seal Play - Print
Seal Rising - Note Cards
Set of 4 Coasters
White Horses - Table Mats

Thursday, 25 April 2013

No Place Like Home...

Home - South Wales

How does an artist stay inspired, motivated and engaged in their work? How much does one's immediate environment and experiences affect their craft? In an upcoming series of posts, Louise shares some of the places, techniques and insights that best help her to fulfill her artistic potential. This week, Louise explores to what extent lifestyle and external influences can really impact on an artist's ability to return home to their innate creativity...

Home - South Ronaldsay

Yesterday, I found a pile of old photos and some were pictures of the places I have lived in over the years. I grew up in an industrial town, lived on islands including Orkney, in woodlands and now in the city of Glasgow. I often say that I have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous and a report I read this morning seems to support this statement:- 

“A new study has named Orkney as the most peaceful place in Scotland to live. The UK Peace Index is put together by the Institute for Economics and Peace and uses a decades worth of data, including levels of violence and the cost of these to the economy. According to the report Orkney is the most peaceful Scottish area followed by Aberdeenshire and Moray. Across the UK Glasgow is classed as the most violent area with London and Belfast making up the top three.”
I had already been pondering the merits of living in the countryside, then in a city and how each environment has affected my artwork - and in what ways. The question is, if my inspiration is drawn from nature how does living in a city give me enough to go on? It is a complex issue and is giving me a mild headache actually, if truth be told.

Home - West End, Glasgow

There is no doubt that the bulk of my work has been produced over the 17 years that I lived in Orkney. The ‘Seal Rising’ etching was my first real piece of artwork since leaving college in the early 80’s.  He was done after I had been snorkelling down by the harbour of North Ronaldsay, Orkney.  I lived there for 2 and a half years before moving to mainland Orkney. This image was followed by a series of marine based images including puffins, sea lions and dolphins. After moving to South Ronaldsay my work included the birds and the mammals of Orkney - so, no foxes, badgers or deer!

Seal Rising by Louise Scott

When I moved to Glasgow it was my first ever time living in a city and it was exciting and scary. It is still both of those things -  3 years on - but to a slightly lesser degree. How has it impacted on my work? This is a tricky question and one I think about very often. Gathering of inspiration is not really an issue, as the natural world exists in the city too. I have spoken about ‘headspace’ in a previous blog.

Home - North Ronaldsay

What I wanted to bring up here is that the ongoing conclusion I am coming to - and it may change as time passes, who knows - is that it really doesn’t matter where you live or what you live in.  It is not simply a matter of living in an idyllic environment with fresh air, sea, rolling hills and woodlands surrounding you or in a city where the ‘wildlife’ is slightly different. 

How you see the world  and where you find peace involves life choices, situations and personal relationships and they all go on on the inside, not the outside. A place may be ‘peaceful’ or it may be ‘violent’ and I have lived in both, but where I really live is inside me and that can be peaceful and violent...sometimes both at the same time...depending on how I choose to live it.

You can view and buy Louise Scott's extensive collection at

Thursday, 18 April 2013

For The Love Of Peafowl...

peacocks can fly very well and roost at the top of trees
always inquisitive

This week, Louise Scott invites you to take a closer peek at the stunning peafowl.  Best known for the peacock's flamboyant fantail, you'll discover that there's more to this creature than meets the eyes...

In 1990 I answered an advert in the New Scientist magazine for a Research Assistant to a Dr Marion Petrie at Whipsnade Zoo. She was studying the mating habits of Peafowl. My only qualification for this job was the fact that I liked to sit and watch birds. All the other applicants where Biology/Zoology students. I had just finished my Fine Art/printmaking  Degree at Cheltenham college. I went for my interview in Milton Keynes at the Open University Buildings. I wore a skirt which I very rarely did but thought I had better make an effort. As I passed the Dining Hall windows a gust of wind took up my skirt in a Monroe-esq manner but very far from as alluring! My reaction to this occurrence was, apparently the main reason I eventually got the job. Dr Petrie was sitting having her lunch looking out of the window at the time and found it very funny. The moral of that story is it isn’t always your paper qualifications that can get you a job, it can also be your outlook on life and how you deal with the surprise attacks it can make on you.

life at the zoo - me feeding a baby wallaby
a few of my boys

It was my dream job and I look back on my few months living in the zoo as a very special experience (we did live in a Portacabin sandwiched between the Lion and the Wolf enclosures, it took us a while to learn to ignore the noise at night and get some sleep). I would sit in a hide all day watching my Lek of Peacocks. This is a small group of male birds who each have their own ‘stage’ on which to perform every time a female Peahen wandered past. The performance was of course the tail fan and shake. Dr Petrie wanted to know what made the females choose their mates from this display and she thought it may involve the number of ‘eyes’ on the tail. 

I had ten males in my watch and they all had coloured leg rings to identify them. For the first week or so I used the leg ring identification as all the birds looked the same...a Peacock is a Peacock is a Peacock. However, after a short while I didn’t need the rings as I began to know each bird separately. They all began to show signs of individual characters and each had their preferred spots for sunbathing or preening. The females that passed by where the same. I became very fond of an Albino female who I eventually found dead one morning and I cried real tears for her.

pencil sketch and painting

From my hours of watching these birds I learned that animals and birds do all have individual characters even if they, at first, all look basically the same in their plumage or pelts and this seemed to open a door for me into another world that is right here under our very noses. A magic world of small surprises and secrets.

oil painting of peahen and peacock sleeping

After my daughter had read the last Harry Potter book ( and seen the last film) we were taking the dog for a walk by the river. I asked her why she was so quiet and she told me that she was sad that there was no ‘real magic’ in the world, by which she meant the Hogwarts type of magic, involving wands, potions and spells. You can imagine the lecture that she then received from me!

Louise is becoming increasingly well known for her "magical and intriguing compositions" which are "informed by a keen observation of the natural world”.  View her galleries at

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Tool Box & Trade Shows...

I love to see other peoples work tools. 
Here is my tool box. - Louise Scott

The artist's tool box is really where it all begins. As an artist feels compelled to bring that little spark of an idea to life, they will reach into the box.  Carefully, he or she will select the precious tools that they hope will become a powerful conduit for their artistic impulse...

working drawings for next etching

When the process is finally complete, another unique piece of art is ready to be released into the world. It's becoming easier for an artist to share work directly with the public via online galleries and shops but there are also more traditional routes.  Many of the beautiful pieces of art that begin life inside the artist's tool box will be boxed up again - briefly - for the journey to important trade shows all over the country. Louise has just returned from the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate.  Here's a peek at her trade show stand for 2013....

These bustling events provide the artist with an unmissable opportunity to meet new people within the art industry, showcase new collections and sell their work to traders. After all the fun of the fares, the artist will pack up once more, ready and eager to get back to the drawing board - and the tool box...

You can view and buy Louise Scott's work in the online galleries at her website -