I was so delighted when I was selected to take part in Friend's of Anchor 20for20 Anchor Trail, and even more delighted this afternoon when it arrived, what a beautiful object it is, far more lovely than I had expected! This is one of 20 anchors which, once decorated by the chosen artists, will form a trail across the North East of Scotland, Orkney and Shetland, then auctioned to raise funds.
I love being part of projects like this; having painted two of the Wild Dolphins and an Oor Wullie (scroll down for images!) I know what a huge positive impact these type of projects can have on their surrounding communities - the buzz in Aberdeen during Wild Dolphins trail was incredible! Also, knowing that I am able to use my artistic gift to do something worthwhile and raise money for charity is fantastic.
Keep an eye to my usual social media platforms for sneak peeks of the design as it progresses, or pop down to my open studio weekend this Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm at 15 North Square, Aberdeen.
"Monty" in situ in Seaton Park, Aberdeen during "Wild Dolphins",
Lottie, also part of Wild Dolphins whom I was commissioned to paint by the Evening Express, designed by competition winner, 15 Year old Erica. During the trail Lottie was placed in Union Terrace Gardens, but her permanent home is the quad inside Marischal College, having been bought by Aberdeen City Council staff.
"GG" (far right) part of the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail in Dundee. His design featured twenty icons of Scottish architecture, celebrating that 2016 was Scotland's Year of Architecture, Innovation and Design.