Artist’s sketchbook at Brechin Town House

An unusual exhibition of an Angus artist’s web blog will be featured at Brechin Town House Museum throughout this month.

‘David Adam Sketchbook’ records the artistic wanderings and nature diary of the Brechin artist as he walks and sketches in the hills and glens of Angus.

The exhibition includes a selection of pastel works on paper that are sketched outdoors in all weathers and a set of illustrated books describing his various adventures in the mountain landscape, its flora and fauna, conservation issues and historical stories.

David said: “Using pastels for outdoor sketching is a direct and quick technique to capture colour, mood and movement especially in the Scottish highlands where the weather can be fierce.

“I do not use photographs for sketch references, so through sharing colour and line directly from nature, raw sketches done on the spot can reveal so much more about a place and allows us to share in that moment. 
“The end result of producing a sketch as an art object is not that important to me but the experience of being, appreciating and fulfilling a creative process out in the wilds is more than enough spiritual sustenance.

“I can share my studio space with golden eagles, mountain hares, adders and red deer. Scotland has a precious wealth of nature and landscape and I hope to celebrate that in this exhibition.”

Born in 1956, the artist has lived in Brechin all of his life and has witnessed many of the changes that his community has endured; his suite of charcoal drawings entitled ‘Postcard from Brechin’ is a raw, yet personal testimony to this.

In contrast, to the deeper meanings surfacing in ‘Postcard from Brechin’, the paintings and sketches share a world of imagination and colour mixed with the spirit of life, humanity, nature and landscape elements.

David Adam studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art 1974-79 Post Diploma Art, is a Professional of the Society of Scottish Artists and a member of the Scottish Mountaineering Club.

His exhibition at the Brechin Town House museum runs from August 10 until September 9, Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. An informal opening event will take place on Friday, August 9 at 7 p.m. – all welcome.