Finishing touches today on the largest version of Traigh Luskentir, Harris, which concludes my paintings for the upcoming exhibition – Moonscapes: Isle of Harris
All paintings in the series can be viewed from the top of the gallery page – Here. One painting has already sold – you can buy a painting now if you like, it will be marked ‘sold’ at exhibition then when the show ends on 20th July I will post it to your address (any queries to email@example.com)
This is always the busiest time of year, and with a ten-day session of house decorating in addition to painting I’m pretty exhausted! All I have to do now is have all paintings professionally scanned (for limited editon prints), frame the aquatint Leaving Harris, hang the paintings on Friday and order wine/glasses for the preview.
As always, I’ll make a live recording of Atzi Muramatsu’s cello performance to post here along with photos of the paintings in the gallery and the launch night.
Hope to see you on Friday 14th, 7pm (all info on Moonscapes link above)…
Today’s painting – the largest version of Harris Moon at 36×36 inches (3 by 3 feet) on wood.
Exactly one week now to exhibition! All details here Moonscapes: Isle of Harris
I took photos of some of the stages of painting…
Today’s painting – the third version of the Harris moon theme (also the title of the exhibition Moonscapes: Isle of Harris). I’ll be painting this theme for the largest of the paintings.
Below – a bit more work on paintings already started, and a photo of me next to Luskentir 3 so you can see the size relative to a person. People often think the paintings are much smaller (some of them are – they start at 5×5″ and go right up to 40×40″). It’s helpful to sart each series small then work up to a bigger piece once I’m confident of the approach, obviously it’s a lot less expensive to make smaller mistakes!
Today’s paintings of Harris, both need a bit more work which I’ll finish tomorrow. This version of Luskentir is very similar to Lustentir 2 though this is 16×16″ – practice for a larger one at 30×30 inches.
Postcards for the upcoming exhibition on July 14th arrived today (below). If you’d like to come along you can keep up with details on this Facebook exhibition event page at this link ‘Isle of Harris’
Today’s paintings of Harris for upcoming exhibiton at the Whitespace Gallery from 14th to 20th July.
There will also be a preview event on Friday 14th July with a live cello performance by Atzi Muramatsu in reponse to the themes and paintings of the exhibition. If you’ve followed this blog for a while you’ll know that Atzi is a friend and collaborator I’ve worked with since about 2013.
In 2016 he won the Best Composer Award at the BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards for his work on a short film ‘The Violinist’.
Below are a few short video examples of work we’ve done together, including – Sea, space and sky a short video created last year following a trip to the west coast of Scotland – Achiltibuie then Lewis and Harris in the Hebrides. The film features a poem by Lewis-based poet Ian Stephen (read by Ian Stephen), and several new poems written by another friend and collaborator, Louise Palfreyman. Also below, from an earlier collaboraton on the Isle of Eigg, a performance of Atzi’s work in progress for string quartet; Gaea Metempsychosis
Today’s paintings of the Isle of Harris for the upcoming exhibition at Whitespace Gallery on the 14th – 20th July.
I’m trying to capture the way light bounces of the rocks of Harris – which is called Lewisian Gneiss after the Island of Lewis and Harris. It’s one of the oldest rocks in the world (3 billions years old) definitely the oldest in Britain, very varied and jumbled in appearance as the original volcanic rock has been mangled by pressure, so the geology nerds among you will know that the rocks were originally igneous (volcanic) and now metamorphic (changed by pressure, glacial action and weather).
Sometimes you’ll see glittering seams of rose quartz or various types of quartz and feldspar, which reflect the white Hebridean light in beautiful ways.
I’m also attempting more paintings of the sea and it’s difficult to avoid making it look picture postcard-like – it looks exaggerated, though the sea is even brighter than this painting of the beach at Luskentyre. I’ll probably go more abstract as the paintings get larger..