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Libby Scott Paints Up a Storm | The Bield | Perthshire Artists | POS
Photo credit: Blue Noun

P.O.S. Celebrates Perthshire Artists

At Blue Noun English Language School, we’ve been enjoying Perthshire Open Studios immensely.

If you’ve not yet been, The Barn Gallery at The Bield houses a fabulous group exhibition. In addition, it’s also a beautiful gallery space set within remarkable grounds.

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Pick of Perthshire

I cannot tell you enough how much we loved Libby Scott’s paintings.

Libby captures the mood of the skies and the energy of being outside in temperamental, stormy Perthshire landscape.

Artist Talks

Libby has some great videos online describing her art practice.

In the first, Libby presents her local landscape and talks with passion about it.

 

A short film, made in collaboration with Josh Davie, featuring Libby Scott Art. The film gives an insight into Libby’s way of working as an artist, what she does and how she does it. She also talks about her passion for the wild spaces and places in between in her native home of Scotland, that feature in her work and inspires her as an artist along her creative journey.

 Vimeo, 2019

In the second, Libby is talking to a live audience at the Birch Tree Gallery, Edinburgh.

 

“A short film of my gallery talk that I gave on Saturday 16th March at the gorgeous Birch Tree Gallery in Edinburgh, to a lovely audience who braved the snow and high winds to come and listen to me sharing what I do and how I go about my work. This film features my sketchbooks that I work in when I am outside in the landscape.

Libby Scott, Vimeo, 2019

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A Sketchbook Creative

 

Libby was installed at the Bield with both small and large paintings mounted on the wall, and a huge range of sketchbooks for visitors to see and even handle. 

 

She was also doing watercolour demonstrations. 

It’s immediately clear how important sketchbook work is to this artist.

 

 

Libby Scott Paints Up a Storm | The Bield | Perthshire Artists POS
Sketchbooks |Libby Scott Paints Up a Storm | The Bield | Perthshire Artists POS

Libby Scott Paints Up a Storm | The Bield | Perthshire Artists | POS
Photo credit: Blue Noun

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The Bield | Perthshire Artists | POS

 The Bield | Perthshire Artists | POS
Photo credit: Blue Noun

The Bield at Blackruthven is a business offering a palace of celebration (weddings, funerals), rest, meditation and religious retreats.

It’s clearly a marvellous, peaceful place to spend any amount of time. 

 

“Bield” is an old Scottish word, rich and resonant in meanings, from shelter to welcome, from refuge to strength”.

The Bield Website

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A Contrast of Landscapes

While visiting the exhibition you are welcome to wander into The Bield’s Walled Garden for some glorious calm.

 

Push open the old wooden door and find a space where the very same Scottish landscape that Libby Scott captures the tempestuous, ever-changing nature of, has been tamed into a verdant paradise of flowers and butterflies.
The Bield | Garden | Perthshire Artists | POS
The Bield | Garden | Perthshire Artists | POS
Echinichea | The Bield | Garden | Perthshire Artists | POS
The Bield | Garden | Perthshire Artists | POS

 The Bield’s breathtaking grounds| Perthshire Artists | POS
Photo credit: Blue Noun

Curating Perthshire Artists

The Bield’s Perthshire Open Studio’s Exhibition seems to be curated largely to celebrate the wonderful, physical natural world, mirrored by The Bield’s land and surrounding landscape.

 

Other Gems

We also loved Rachel Bower and Anna Olson‘s ceramics works and Scott Carruthers’ odd little icon which obstinately tackles disquieting metaphysical questions about man, nature and religion while refreshingly proffering no serious conclusions at all.

In fact, we loved Scott Carruther’s work so much we seem to have acquired one…

 

Scott Carruthers sculpture at Blue Noun

Scott Carruthers sculpture at Blue Noun English Language School | Perthshire Artists | POS
Photo credit: Blue Noun

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Read more about the Bield here.

 

Find out more about Libby Scott’s artwork here

 

Discover Scott Carruther’s work here.

 

And lastly, if you have enjoyed reading about Blue Noun English Language School on the art trail that is Perthshire Open Studios, do also check out: 

Perthshire Crafts | The Quarto Press | Printmaking Demo

 

 

A quick note from the author

We began the Blue Noun blog back in 2019, when we called ourselves a ‘language school’ (we now call ourselves a language hub) and we were building up our business completely from scratch.

Our first few months were spent making friends in the community, researching homestay hosts for our language guests and finding out about all the good local places and activities to take our language learning guests.

In 2021 we moved the Blue Noun website to a different platform. We had the option of deleting these old blogs – they are very different form our current, more pedagogic style of posting, but I think they are quite charming to see how our young business grew, turning from a language school run by an artist – into a language hub which really began to focus on coaching artists in English by immersing them in creative environments.