Great to be back in Pittenweem. This is our third year staying and foomftieth year as visitors to the Arts Festival that runs for the first full week in August. The weather was troublesome on the drive through, but thanks to the micro-climate of the East Neuk, it was warm, if a little cloudy, when we arrived. As usual, we wasted no time and jumped right in.

73. Jennifer Thomson. Lively representations of Glasgow and Edinburgh street scenes alongside more traditional landscapes. Apparent simplicity — almost childlike in places — hides a staggering attention to detail. The Barras is The Barras. The Willow Tea Rooms are The Willow Tea Rooms. Jennifer shares her space with Anne Dunlop. Anne uses quite a drained palette that I admit didn’t really work for me.

74. Open Exhibition. This is the most impressive Open in years. Favourites included Sarah Bissel’s screenprint and Stuart Dobson’s wood veneers of complicated mathematical equations. The latter became Julie’s first purchase, at our second venue. Last year, she managed to hold on to her purse for three venues, so standards seem to be slipping already.Sarah Bissel (top) Stuart Dobson (bottom)

40. Doris French. Once again, Doris’s delightful fabric collages were all sold, probably attracting their red dots before the Festival even began. The small garage venue boasts some excellent work. Jane Dakin’s pastels and Nicola Fraser’s pop art acrylics of seaside villages don’t disappoint.

39. Ross Brown. Super-realistic gigantic urban landscapes occupy this garage and due to their size, the exhibition mainly consists of three pieces, all of which were sold for an undisclosed price that must have been in the thousands. Not a bad day’s work. The pieces themselves aren’t exactly the usual Pittenweem flavours. Seaside and fishing make way for stark, concrete buildings, abandoned and overrun with graffiti and moss. It rather looks like what would happen if someone built a factory over Monet’s waterlilies and then let it rot. The fact that the function of the buildings remain unknown adds anonymity to already rather unsettling images. Check out Ross’s blog here and judge for yourself.