Marion Drummond – Artist Extraordinaire

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I know many of you share our interest in cultural activity both in sport and the arts, in all its forms. Our attention was recently drawn to the work of a Scottish artist who paints using a very unusual technique. The result is stunning as you will see when you look at her website gallery. We made contact with Marion and she kindly agreed to make an appearance on the Silverlinks Network .

Have a look at her work which can be viewed by clicking the following link    Marion's work    We feel sure you will find it every bit as beautiful and uplifting as we do. In our view she is certainly one to watch.

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This is what Marion had to say.

“Painting is my passion and I cannot imagine my life without it.  I have always adored flowers and have been a keen gardener from an early age when my parents gave me my own corner of the garden to do with what I wanted.  I used to collect plants from compost heaps and plant them in my little patch as a child.  Now I plant old-fashioned roses and tulips to paint and lavender, heaths and even nettles for the butterflies and bees.  It is always lovely to have fresh flowers at the breakfast table. 

I started painting with my fingers really out of the necessity to work fast during life classes and now I just simply enjoy working this way.  I'm far too lazy to bother with red brushes and blue brushes and then all the cleaning and, having tried to play around with disposable decorating brushes, I ended up preferring rags and fingers.  I have been very lucky to have a few excellent life models but my own children have always had to sit for me when I needed them.

Born in Glasgow in 1958. I have a particular love of the Blane valley countryside with its diversity of wildlife, rivers, moorland and hills. My daily walks supply me with colour notes for painting and the sheer enjoyment of seeing the constant changing of light and season. 

Largely self-taught, I have however benefited greatly from attending life classes under Christine Ironside, Drummond Mayo and Ann Johnston. My greatest influences in painting are varied from Rubens to Jenny Saville and I am very much inspired by all great drawing and painting. 

I would probably describe myself as a representational/romantic artist and my focus is on light. Subject matter is always real and studied; number of petals of any flower observed and changes from life, still life to landscape, though I would tend to describe the latter more as weather-scape. When painting life I am looking for mood and presence and for the skin to breathe. With still life the colours are all there so I am looking for light, while with landscape I am looking at the time of day and the weather. Painting landscape in Scotland, for me, has to be done with speed as the light changes so frequently and I have to take pastel sketches and re-visit the site at the same time of day on a similar day weather-wise to properly work on a piece. 

I used to paint with a knife but now tend to work quickly with fingers and rags, a method I adopted for working on life. I sculpt the paint, feeling my way and mixing on the board for speed and spontaneity and, whilst I am aware that the paint is toxic, I cannot feel anything like the same excitement when working with brushes.”

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