Here are a few ideas of what to paint this month. You don’t have to wait until our usual fourth Saturday session date, use the suggested subjects to draw or paint throughout the month. Send any photos of your painting to Tracy by email, text, WhatsApp or Messenger, giving details of medium and paper use, time taken etc. If you haven’t painted for months then dust off your art equipment and make a start.
This year is the 250th anniversary of the birth of Sir Walter Scott, one of Scotland’s most famous novelists and historians. He wrote many books, plays and poems, so paint a picture of one of the characters or a scene from his books. Alternatively paint a portrait of Sir Walter himself.
Traditional Landscapes – the highlands, islands, lowlands or lochs.
Urban landscapes – Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, St.Andrews, Paisley, Elgin.
Wildlife – animals found in or around Scotland – hares, red squirrels, pine martens, wildcats, red deer, seals, minke whales, bottle nose dolphins, otters, golden eagles, puffins, ospreys, highland cattle, western capercaillies etc.
Castles – Cawdor, Braemar, Balmoral, Caerlaverock, Blair, Dunottar, Linlithgow, Crathes, Inveraray, Edinburgh, Glamis, Eileen Donan, Stirling, Kellie.
Such a huge variety to choose from so paint more than one picture!
Easter isn’t until April, but it’s early in the month, on Sunday 4th. Some members like painting Easter scenes or cards to send, so if you’re busy painting these, do send some photos to Tracy of your creations. Paint traditional religious scenes or Easter eggs, hares, chicks, rabbits, baskets, spring flowers etc.
March is named for Mars, Roman God of War. Paint his portrait from images available of statues, mosaics and wall art from Roman times. Or listen to ‘Mars, Bringer of War’ from Gustav Holst’s The Planets and use the music to channel your thoughts into images which you put onto paper. Shut your eyes, listen to the music and start creating.