SVPCA in Edinburgh…most spectacular of settings!

P1030451P1030444Well, it had to happen: a veritable heavyweight of a setting for the SVPCA. I had never been in Edinburgh before and we were simply taken aback by the beauty and personality of this city. A veritable monument that exudes history in every corner… and that is not counting the incredibly lively, rich, cosmopolitan and multi-national social life!

P1030511We were there promoting the Hatching the Past itinerant exhibition (which by the way is going from the MUJA in Asturias to Citta Della Scienza in Naples November this year) and as usual, Carmen and I brought our little stand of provocative art material  and got (as usual too) mixed reactions (some clever SVPCA attendant asked me sardonically “where do you get the evidence for the colours?”)…thankfully quite a lot of feedback was positive. Some even got to peruse my only copy of the “Golden Book of Dinosaurs” (soon to be released… just a couple of months)!

Best of all, I managed to have the legendary Dr. David Martill  (from Portsmouth University) wear the glasses for “Dinosaurs In Your FaceP1030475 P1030477


Later it was mandatory to fool around with the Pterosaur Gang… everybody asked for pterosaur art this year, but alas didn’t bring any of mine! Next year for sure. David Hone and I are preparing a future surprise!  From right to left: John Conway, Ross Alexander Elgin, Mike Habib, David Hone. Lorna Steel, Darren Naish, Mark Witton and yours truly. The  assembly!


The conference was successful. I specially enjoyed the sauropod presentations by Mike Taylor et al.,  Jeff Liston’s experiences in China, the unique “punk” acoustic guitar moment by Luke Muscutt where the academics were left totally dumbfounded by what was happening…never the engineering of plesiosaur fins  movement sounded so much fun!…P1030494 …and of course, Darren Naish sex talk!) .

The meeting was very well organised by Vicen Carrió, Sarah StewartStig Walsh, Nick Fraser and the inimitable skills of Jeff Liston, a proud Scot who as usual made  a spectacle of the final auction… I can’t believe I missed those ichthyosaur casts; they went for a lot >less< than their real value! Unfortunately, bringing them to London would have been very difficult (to say the least). Here’s  “you see him and then you don’t..” Mr. Liston in his act… do you know how difficult was it to have a focused picture of him?


And here is the dynamic engine of the organisation of the meeting:  straight from Valencia, Spain and direct to the National Museums Scotland:  Vicen Carrió.P1030515

The National Museums Scotland was also a surprise… extremely well mounted and attractive in every sense. The exceptional  taxidermy of some of the pieces puts to shame most museums in England… look at this pair of dinosaurs in high flight!P1030537

Not too many extinct dinosaurs but at least a nice mount of Kathy Wankel’s T. rex .P1030520 It is amazing the many different mounts that exist from that famous skeleton (first one I saw was at the Ontario Museum in Toronto more than a decade ago) it looked much more stiff and compact there and the pictures I took gave rise to a famous, almost relict painting that is now in the Indianapolis’ Children’s Museum (as part of the John Lanzendorf Collection) and is soon to be featured as a banner there . Compare both mounts…you may add that there’s a lot to be modified if I did that painting today!

Wankel rexWankel's T.rex2

So there it goes another SVPCA, a conference many of us here in England long for every year if only just for the sake of the “get together” of so many paleo-people to whom I’d like to thank for their support, like the Spanish  and Catalan contingent (with my dear Penélope Cruzado Caballero and Angel Galobart among others), Jorn Urum who brought me as a gift the excellent book “Ida” by Esther van Hulsen (a great Norwegian illustrator that is producing really imaginative books for children),  Richard Forrest and of course the rest of the not-so-pterosaur gang: Rob NichollsGeorgia Maclean-Henry, Richard Hing and many more.

Lastly… I would like to thank Sarah Stewart for letting me pet her live baby sauropod  mascot!P1030490

About luisvrey

Paleo Illustration
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2 Responses to SVPCA in Edinburgh…most spectacular of settings!

  1. Mike Taylor says:

    Thanks for this account, Luis — accords well with my impressions of Edinburgh, probably the most beautiful city I’ve ever visited.

  2. Hi Luis,

    Thanks for your kind words. It was a great conference although next time I will enjoy more by participaiting and no organising it! XXX

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