By: Jacob Hawthorne
Gallery: Schmidt Fine Art Gallery
The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, except when you’re sitting in a Scottish Meadow. Home to the greenest and most beautiful glens and meadows in the world, the area near Edinburgh in the UK boasts miles and miles (or kilometers and kilometers) of pristine grasslands, forever untouched by the reaching and destructive hand of progress. The meadows amplify in beauty in the summer when the golden tufts of the Yellow Saxifrage hang down beside waterfalls, and when the colorful orchids bloom and mix their fragrant odor with the Scottish Highlands air, and when the sprawling Dog Roses fill this green canvas in every possible nook and cranny. The sounds of the buzzing, pollinating bees, the hums of the grasshoppers, and chirping of the swallows produce an orchestrated symphony that pay homage to their harmonious ecosystem, unless of course the bagpipes drown them out.
These rolling green meadows and pastures dance off the canvas and serve more as a window to nature than as a piece of art. This digital print of the Scottish Meadow by Schmidt brings the audience to reminisce on their experiences with wild, wide open natural landscapes, or even their own backyard. Or perhaps for you it’s the polar opposite, with the loose features and color of this print trigger flashbacks to the old Windows XP meadow launching on their desktop. Either way, the deep forest greens of the grass and trees set against the ocean-like depth of the sky elicits primal feelings of freedom. The dancing shadows produce a wave-like texture on the grass with the ripples parting every which way.
Meadows hold such significance in the Scotland and UK culture that they celebrate National Meadows Day, which is an annual celebration of wildflower meadows across the UK. The event takes place on or around the first Saturday of July each year. National Meadows Day 2020 is Saturday 4th July, kilts optional.
Deep within the serenity and majesty of these meadows, a cherished global sport was birthed. As such, Scotland claims its title as the "Home of Golf." Golf, for many Scottish residents, is seen as a key national cultural icon on the global stage, and is among one of Scotland’s greatest inventions, perhaps its second greatest arguably just behind whiskey. But to be fair, after the invention Scottish whiskey in the 1700s, Scotland would not produce another great invention for over 200 years; but when you work hard, you have to play hard.
And similar to whiskey here in the Americas, golf was banned for a period of time in the 1457 Act of the Scottish Parliament issued by King James II of Scotland, because according to the act, golf was “a distraction from archery practice for military purposes.”
In many parts of the world, golf may be regarded as a sport played exclusively by the upper class or elites, with golf courses being the impenetrable fortress for the back-dealings and trades of successful businessmen. But for Scotland and the UK, the sport of golf garners appeal from all walks of life, no doubt reflective of the country's egalitarian tradition.
The Old Course at St Andrews, the ancient links course dating back before 1574, is considered to be “a site of pilgrimage”, meaning that it is a must-do for any golfer worth their salt. This established links course is a charitable trust, and is a beacon of philanthropy in the community. There are also commonly-found, council-owned courses that are accommodating to all and offer low prices. In summation, both public and private golf courses are far more accepting of all types and cast away this elitist conception.
For those that plan to take a golfing travel expedition, the golf courses are far more common in the Lowlands than in the Highlands and Islands; all in all, Scotland is home to 587 courses. The areas that are most dense with links courses are around Glasgow, which has 94 courses, and Edinburgh, which has 67 courses. Not only does the geography support the construction of these meadow-laden golf courses, but these two cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh, and greater metropolitan regions make up a large portion of the population. As for the other districts in the area, they all still average about 40 courses each, which is still a very impressive amount. Speaking to how ingrained golf is, even the remote and distant northern islands, with extremely low population density, still have over a dozen golf courses. What must account for an immense proportion of land usage all leads to Scotland boasting more courses per head of population than any other country.
The world's first Open Championship was held at Prestwick in 1860, and Scots golfers have the most victories at the Open at 42 wins, and many a Scots golfer will note that number is one more than the United States has at 41 wins. The most renowned golf courses in Scotland are Carnoustie, Gleneagles, Muirfield, Balcomie and Royal Troon.
Whether you are an aspiring photographer or an art collector in search of inspiring works to fill your canvas or your home, Schmidt Fine Art Gallery is here to service you. We are a gallery for the artist by the artist. Our mission is to serve as the place for artists to simply sell art, without the overburdening of promotion, marketing and running a start-up business. We are committed to producing high-quality, museum grade products and timeless works of art in digital print, framed canvas, and everything that can be enjoyed for generations to come.
Scottish Meadow by Schmidt is available in all sizes and formats. You can pick your own frame and finish on this piece in our customization shop. Scottish Meadow stock photo belongs to Schmidt Fine Art Gallery.
Schmidt Gallery was founded by Kurt Schmidt with the vision to establish a photo-centric gallery in the heart of Montgomery county, Texas. Although it is all run online at the moment, Schmidt Gallery has dreams of opening up a brick and mortar gallery in The Woodlands just north of Houston. Schmidt Fine Art Gallery was founded in March 2020 as a startup funded by All ARK LLC.