Here in Bon we are working our way into the year with a lot of framing, a couple of painting commissions and many, many scones. The brief two-day miracle February Summer is long forgotten and my daffodils are horizontal.
But new work is also on our walls, from two very talented artists who I will introduce now:
"When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy." Rumi.
I am a self-taught artist who loves to use the medium of watercolour to express my current state of mind. My paintings are a reflection of my internal feelings and external inspirations. Part meditative, part study of the places I find beauty in.
I combine my appreciation of the Oriental Persian/Indian Miniature painting style with a looser more Western abstract style, a reflection perhaps of my own equally diverse identity. My paintings are an attempt to balance the fluidity and freedom that abstraction provides with the precise and restrained architectural detailing that I find so inspiring.
The architecture featured in this series is from the Mughal period, which is a style that I am fascinated with. I am endlessly in awe of the arches, domes and intricate details found on buildings of this era. The attention to detail and the metaphors behind the carvings have enraptured me ever since I visited Pakistan and visited these magnificent monuments in person. The resultant paintings present these places through the filter of past memories and dreams.
Her work can also be found at http://www.ndjavanshir.co.uk
and (@ndjavan) on Instagram
Susan is a Scottish Artist based in Burntisland; she studied at Edinburgh College of Art/University and has a degree in Fine Arts.
Primarily an oil painter, but also a printmaker and member of Dunfermline Print Workshop, Susan also teaches textiles in Burntisland and is a founder of Greenpark Weavers, who are based there.
Her particular interest is in natural history in all shapes and forms; in her work there will usually be a bird, butterfly, moths.... Susan sketches outdoors in all weathers and terrains, bringing her studies back to the studio to expand upon and work into the paintings, prints and weavings that fill the space.
Susan takes part in Central Fife Open Studios in September each year and welcomes visits to her Fife studio at other times by appointment.
Besides in Bon Papillon this month, Susan can be found at:
Nadia and Susan's work will be on the walls until the first week of April