Harris paintings day 4

Ceapabhal Peninsula, Isle of Harris. Mixed media on 6.5×5″ wood block

Loch near Beacravik, Isle of Harris. Mixed media on 6.5×5″ wood block

Loch Fhleoideabhaigh at Mannish, Harris. Mixed media on 8×5″ wood block

Hills near Beacravik, Isle of Harris. Mixed media on 6.5×5 wood block

Today’s paintings of the Island of Harris, for the upcoming exhibition on the 14th – 20th July at Whitespace Gallery, Edinburgh.

If you like any of these paintings you can reserve and buy them before the exhibition. If any sell before exhibition they’ll have a red ‘sale’ dot next to them, then they’ll be posted to you the day after the exhibition ends (July 21st). You are welcome to email me at rose.strang@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Below are all paintings so far (I’ll be painting larger ones at 9 x9 inches soon, and perhaps a few at 15×15 inches).

 

‘Damascus Rose’ update

This low pressure weather and rain in the past few days has led to headaches for quite a few people including myself. A friend of mine got a migraine so nasty she was bed-ridden. Plans for a long walk over Arthur’s Seat today were thwarted, so I tackled my Damascus Rose series (updates above, original paintings below).

I’m not quite sure what I’ve done here! It’s quite a lurid green. I wasn’t too happy with these two before, and they needed a bit more work so I’ll re-think next week perhaps. Basically I didn’t just want pretty flowers, so maybe I’ve succeeded in toning down the pretty aspect of Damascus Rose 3 at least

‘Damascus Rose 3’. Mixed media on 36×36 inch wood panel

‘Damascus Rose 1’. Acrylic on 36×36″ wood panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been following news of the sale of Basquiat’s Untitled at $110 million, which is an insane amount of money. Insanity aside though, I love theBasquiat painting below titled Portrait of Andy Warhol as a Banana – deceptively simple, it just works perfectly as an image –

… and another one from day 3

East coast of Harris, ink and acrylic on 8.5″ wood block

A quick 20 minute painting just to explore shades for the aquatint etching class I’ll be attending on the 27th May at the excellent Printmaker’s Workshop in Edinburgh.

I’m painting these small ones really quickly as it helps capture the energy of a place when you’re there, then I’ll choose the best ones for bigger paintings.

I love driving along the single-track roads in the west of Scotland (well, it was my friend Donald driving!) so here’s a video I took, showing the wonderful shoreline along the coast of Harris …

 

Harris paintings day 3

Croft at Geocrab Bay, Isle of Harris. Mixed media on 6.5×5″ wood bloack

Traigh an Taoibh Thuath, Isle of Harris. Mixed media on 8×5″ wood block

Loch near Beacravik, Isle of Harris. Mixed media on 6.5×5″ wood block

Rodel Bay, Isle of Harris. Mixed media on 5×5″ wood block

Today’s paintings of the Isle of Harris.

Here’s a map (if you find this interesting!) showing the areas in these paintings…

 

Harris paintings day 1

Geocrab Lochan Isle of Harris, East Coast. Mixed media on 5×5″ wood block

Today’s attempts to paint the wonderful Isle of Harris. I’m happy with the looseness of Scadabay Houses.

Houses at Scarasta, Isle of Harris, West Coast. Mixed media on 5×5″ wood block

Scadabay, Isle of Harris. East Coast. Mixed media on 5×5″ wood block

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A sideways view..

I’ll be painting around ten of these 5×5 inch works and around twenty at 10×10 inches on wood. The series will be on exhibition this summer from the 14th to the 20th of July at Whitespace Gallery.

A few sketches and photos

A few very quick sketches made on Harris. I photographed these at the time, then used half my sketchbook for our somewhat damp wood-burning stove!

 

And some more photos of myself and Donald below. There was not a hint of rain but there was a bracing north wind across Scotland which made nerdy hats a necessity! I’ll be posting new paintings from tomorrow..