ArtWorks of the Earth is a former shop on the harbour side of the main street that offers original artwork for sale, as well as one day workshops in the “Provincetown Print” technique or watercolour white-line woodcut. On permanent display is one part of a 44 x 5 foot painting “Moonrise, Sunset and Hoy in the Middle.” If you choose to take a workshop, you will hear the sea from the pier just behind the work area, while being surrounded by this large painting of Hoy.
Outside, the Stromness cats will wander past and many local folks will stop in for a chat. Sometimes, you will laugh at the large vehicles trying to wind their way through the narrowest part of the street that is just outside the gallery’s door. Or you may be able to reach out and pat the occasional horseback rider passing through.
A print workshop can be a planned part of a travel art experience,relief from a rainy day, or spread over two days with an overnight in one of the charming hotels, harbourside cottages, or self-catering accommodation. Have lunch in a nearby café and enjoy the museums.
Stromness, Orkney, is no ordinary town in Scotland. It has one main street, cobbled as it has been for 200 years. Once a bustling fishing village, it is now filled with places catering to the visitor, interesting nooks and crannies, lanes and a fully fledged art gallery with a noteworthy permanent collection www.pierartscentre.com , and a wonderful local history museum www.stromnessmuseum.com .This is all only minutes from Maeshowe, Skarabrae, the Ring of Brodgar, the Standing Stones of Stenness and the excavation at the Ness of Brodgar www.orkneyjar.com and www. nessofbrodgar.com and http://orkneyarchaeologysociety.org.uk/index.php/links
I took on this space in order to paint more large paintings and it evolved into a workshop area where I can share my love of creating. No art experience is required. All participants will successfully create a print to be proud of.
Around you are my original framed and mounted only original prints, as well as copies on cards, mugs and tote bags. I also sell giclee reprints of my large oil paintings in reasonable sizes and these can be made to suit, on paper or canvas.
At this time it is the only place I sell my original handpainted lampshades. I use the surface of the shade like a canvas and paint whatever moves me. Flowers, designs inspired from the incisions being found at the Ness of Brodgar, lighthouses, animals, and the megaliths of Orkney have all been painted onto lampshades. I will paint any size lampshade and do accept commissions for lampshades.