A warm welcome awaits you at Mingary cottage, where you will find a fine selection of watercolour paintings and hand built ceramics and a wee tea or coffee.
I just love Watercolours. They are absolutely fascinating and seem to have a life and mind of their own, they are a bit like life itself – unpredictable. I merely help them along a wee bit. The west coast of Scotland is my inspiration, land and sea from Cowal to the Highlands and Islands. I do love my islands and many of my paintings are taken from my various visits to Arran, Tiree, Jura, Skye, Colonsay, Harris and Lewis and of course St Kilda. All these places hold a mystery about them, that captures your heart. My garden too provides me with lots of interesting material.
Cowal Open Studios annual September event is a fine opportunity to visit many artists during one long weekend. I am more than happy to welcome visitors at any time of the year, just call before hand to make sure I am around. I run watercolour classes in the area from time to time, so if you would like to be on my alert list please let me know.
I also create hand-built one-off ceramics, which can range from secret boxes to wall hangings and whatever inspires me on the day, a song, a poem or just some quirky wee happening. I work organically which often allows the clay to inform me as to what shape and form things will take. Local beaches often gift me interesting handles for pots and boxes.
I exhibit paintings and ceramics at; Castle Gallery, Rothesay; Stables Gallery, Inveraray; Seagull Gallery, Gourock; Jetty gallery, Oban and in the annual PAI exhibition – Paisley.
A815 Dunoon to Glasgow road, turn left onto Kilmun to Ardentinny Rd. Mingary cottage is immediately before the Strone Inn, which is opposite the Strone Pier.
Opening hours:Friday 14:00 till 18:00hrs -
Saturday 10:30 till 17:00 hrs
Sunday 10:30 till 17:00 hrs
Monday 10:30 till 17:00 hrs