Weirdness not required, says returning artist

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ELEANOR Carlingford had brought up three children in Peebles before fulfilling a long-held ambition to study art.

And she is returning to the town this weekend to hopefully inspire adults with similar aspirations to follow their dreams.

Eleanor will host a workshop, entitled Kicking Over the Traces, in the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, from 10am till 5pm on Saturday.

“I want to bring out and explore each participant’s personal style through drawing, painting, learning new techniques and group discussions,” she explained.

Born in Northern Ireland, she came to Scotland at the end of her secondary schooling.

“I always wanted to go to art school, but was disuaded,” said Eleanor. “I married in Scotland and lived in Peebles for 20 years until 1998, raising three children there.

“In 1998, I managed to get a place, on my second attempt, to study fine art painting at the Glasgow School of Art.

“I was initially a bit nervous, fearing I wasn’t nearly weird enough for art school, but soon realised that weirdness is not what’s required.

“Becoming more like yourself is what it takes.”

Eleanor now lives in Argyll, where she paints and runs courses in creativity.

The one-day course costs £60. Details from 01721 725777.