Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Why I Still Shoot Film

Something inspiring happens when I shoot using analogue cameras. Loading film takes me back to the time I spent studying photography, learning the art and science. I whiled away afternoons in the darkroom with smelly chemicals and looking on in delight as images gradually appeared, as if by magic.  

I take the discipline of shooting on film seriously. It brings a whole new perspective to my photography. It forces me to slow down, which is a good thing in this day and age. Graininess and little imperfections on the images are charming and turn each photograph into something organic and unique.

Simply put, shooting film takes me off into a different world, a world which is out of the ordinary.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

New Faces of Spring Fling 2015

Since moving to Dumfriesshire in November 2013, I have bought every issue of Dumfries and Galloway Life that has been on sale. Reading the magazine is a wonderful way of finding out about everything happening in the region, especially for us newbies to the area.

Another great thing about living in this region is Spring Fling, Scotland's Premier Art and Craft Open Studios Event and in the latest issue of D&G Life, (April 2015) on page 92-94 there is a lovely introduction to the new faces of Spring Fling. See if you can spot the photograph Fragile Nature, as I am one of the new artists selected to take part. I'm over the moon!

Preparations are underway to make sure everything is ready and I'm looking forward to throwing open the studio doors and welcoming visitors. 

Please save the dates...23-25th May 2015. 

More details about Spring Fling 2015 and all the artists taking part here

Laura x

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Pop-Up Photography Galleries

Hello, here's a quick update on LHM Fine Art Pop-Up Galleries happening this month...

On March 28th I will be exhibiting at Colvend Produce and Makers Market (Colvend Public Hall, DG5 4QD).

The market was set up by Annette Need (Annette's Baking in a Box) and on the fourth Saturday of each month, producers and makers from around Dumfries get together at the hall to sell their wares.

I've been invited to display my artwork at the March market and each month after that there will be other guest artists taking to the stage with their own pop-up galleries too.

At the market you'll find lots of gifts and tasty treats, from quiches and cakes to tarts and pies. There's also a market Pop-Up Cafe, so come along and join us for a cuppa and see for yourself what wonderful treats are on offer.

Another pop up gallery during March is on the evening of the 12th at Shambellie House, as Stuart J McCulloch launches his latest book 'A Scion of Heroes'. If you would like to attend the launch on 12th March at 7.30pm, to hear an illustrated talk from the Author, please email maculafailte@yahoo. co. uk for more details (see my last blog post on the book here)

I've got lots of exhibitions and events happening over the next few months so do check back regularly to stay up to date.

Until my next bloggings....

Laura x

Sunday, 22 February 2015

The Yellow Door

I'm a bit late blogging about my recent exhibition at The Yellow Door, but I wanted to share a few photos from the Private View, and to tell you a little bit about this special place in Dumfries where I have been volunteering for the last few months.

The Yellow Door was launched as a permanent shop and gallery in April 2014 for a group of artists, designers, makers and writers from Dumfries and the surrounding area to display and sell their work. The new space accommodates a vibrant programme of exhibitions, and small creative and literary workshops and events.

The Gallery showcases an excellent selection of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, hand-made prints, writing, photography, illustrations, crafts, antiques, fine art and the most fabulous handmade hats!

Email theyellowdoordumfries@gmail.com to be added to their mailing list, or sign up to the newsletter on the facebook page here to stay up to date with what's happening and be invited along to some super events behind The Yellow Door.

Laura x

Thursday, 19 February 2015


Excited to share news that a book entitled 'A Scion of Heroes' is about to be published on 6 March 2015. Author Stuart James McCulloch very kindly commissioned me to design the front cover for the book and this has to be one of the most interesting and satisfying commissions I've received so far. 

The new book is all about the life of Captain James Murray and the interesting story motivated and inspired me to create the cover below.

For more information about the book and how to order copies through the Author, please see below...

Laura x

This fast-moving narrative, brings to life the extraordinary tale of a young man from New Abbey, South West Scotland.

The tale travels from the American Revolutionary War via Scotland and Canada. It moves on to the remarkable events in his life as a naval officer in the fight against the tyranny of Napoleon. It ends with drama and scandal in the Scottish Highlands.

HARDBACK c.350 PAGES RRP: £18.99

For information and ordering: Author - maculafailte@yahoo.co.uk