I got a very early train on Friday arriving just after midday and had a free afternoon so I caught the 'Gallery Bus' from the Scottish National Gallery to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, concentrating on the extensive range of work by artists as part of 'Generation'. The grounds of 'Modern 1' include this amazing earthwork and the grounds were scattered with sculpture. I downloaded the ' arthunter' app as I had my tablet with me and picked up copies of the 4 trails which highlighted different pieces. Alison Watt's portrayal of fabric started giving me ideas.
Friday evening and all of Saturday I was involved with meetings associated with the British Bryological Society, great to catch up with people and some very interesting presentations. We were at the 'Botanics' and we had a few minutes at lunch time to dash out and admire the gardens , especially the magnificent trees.
'Ashlyn' guest house where I stayed) , I caught up with the rest of the Generation exhibition at the SNG on the Mound . I spent ages looking at the paintings by Callum Innes ( I first came across his works on paper at the Tate Watercolour exhibition a few years ago. In his 'Exposed ' series, he applies oil paint to canvas then removes areas of paint with turpentine. Through the art of unveiling, he likens the process to alchemy, turning ordinary substances into gold (I always think of indigo dyeing as alchemy). The result remind me of chromatography - I still remember the chemistry classes where the colours contained in black ink were revealed
Arthur Melville , one of the 'Glasgow Boys'
I didn't leave myself enough time to the National Museum of Scotland justice , just enough to grab lunch and I only saw the new part (including this massive tapestry from the Dovecot studios) on my way out. Will just have to come back - I only ever seem to go to Edinburgh on work-related trips.
Even a snapped view of a castle in the distance!