Some of you may recognise the outline of my favourite city... Edinburgh!
This is a picture laden post... warnings now!:)
I arrived at the end of the fringe festival and the city filled with a tangible, vibrant energy. My first stop was the national gallery. I love visiting Art galleries, they give me endless inspiration.
I thought I would share my favourite works,particularly as they are from Scottish artists which you may not have heard of..
This is by Robert Burns... no not the poet!. ..
The other perhaps less famous Robert Burns. Born in 1869 he was a champion of the Scottish art nouveau movement. He combined producing beautiful paintings with teaching, becoming head of painting at Edinburgh College of Art ( A place dear to my heart ;) )
The gold leaf is unbelievably beautiful..
|Detail of gold embelishment|
The other WOW pieces are a set of four embroidered panels entitled 'progress of a soul'
They are by the Irish born artist Phobe Anna Traquair. Although Irish Phoebe married a scot and spent much of her adult life in Edinburgh. She was a star of the Arts and crafts movement at a time when men dominated the art world. She was the first leading professional woman artist in Scotland, painting several Edinburgh interiors including the hospital for sick children.
The embroidered panels are exquisite and glow with rich colour despite being over a hundred years old.
|Standing 65 ft tall.|
Some beautiful contemporary tapestries grace the walls, I'm not sure of the artist. ( if you know drop me a line)
|Tapestries on display at Smailholm|
|view from the roof, which you can see is carpeted with wild flowers.|
The view from the roof parapet was incredible! Such a clear and bright day too. Scotland's summer has been dreadful so a bit of sun was wonderful.
Finally to end it off I visited Floors Castle again in the borders near Kelso for the annual massed pipe day. A day of re-enactment, piping displays and dog agility events... lots of fun :)
|mass pipe display|
There is a beautiful garden at floors, which despite the summer rain was ablaze with colour.
Anyway this was my end of Summer break and I am so glad the sun shone...if only briefly
I hope you have had a great Summer and are looking forward to the changing colours of Autumn.
|Floors castle gardens|