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Who doesn’t love a collective noun? From the perfectly suited - a bloat of hippopotamuses - to the downright strange - an embarrassment of pandas (so many questions...). Where do collective nouns originate from and who decides on them? These are just some of the questions that surfaced during a recent conversation between the enquiring minds here at Resipole Studios. So, with Dr Google firmly by our side, we set about researching the subject and, given that many paintings here at the gallery feature birds, we thought this the perfect opportunity to share some artwork with you along with their corresponding collective nouns. 

Anna in her studio

Anna Bussot’s work has drawn much attention since the opening of our spring show at the end of March. Inspired by holidays spent in Scotland, where she gathered field trip sketches, photos and notes on her travels, Anna’s work clearly evokes the wild, rugged and untouched beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Her pieces go beyond the confines of traditional landscaping, blurring the distinction between the imagined and real, somehow inviting the viewer to step inside the canvas; to explore further and immerse yourself in the newly charted territories and emotive worlds within. But how is this effect achieved?