A coven of witches!

A fantastic painting inspired by Robert Burns’ eerie “Tam o’Shanter” is currently on view at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway. The 17 metre long mural is a continuous series of two metre high panels and depicts 60 characters from Burns’ story about “an engaging drunk who has a close encounter with a coven of witches on his way home from the pub”.

Chris with witches panels

The work is by Chris Rutterford (who I know from our time at Leith School of Art) and in an interview for Herald Scotland, Chris’ energy and enthusiasm is evident, he says; “The picture is a dream commission – it’s great to have the space to clothe Burns’ masterpiece in an epic new widescreen format.”

If you live in Edinburgh you might have already seen a ‘live action’ version. Chris’s studio is at the Arts Complex (St Margarets House, at Meadowbank) and at their annual open weekend in September, he was painting live and using real models – apparently Lorraine Kelly agreed to model as a barmaid in the pub scene!

I say good on you Chris and very well done.

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