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Harris paintings days 11

‘Harris Moon 2’. Mixed media on 16×16″ wood

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!

Luskentir 4 in progrss

‘Traigh Luskentir 3’. Mixed media on 16×16″ wood panel.

detail

‘Tràigh na Buirgh, Harris’. Mixed media on 9.5×9.5″ wood pane

‘Coast Road near Geocrab Bay, Harris’. Mixed media on

 

 

 

Harris paintings day 9

‘Harris Moon’. Mixed media on 9.8×9.8″ wood

”Traigh Luskentir, Harris 3′. Mixed media on 16×16″ wood

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’ 

 

Harris paintings day 10

‘Tràigh na Buirgh, Harris’. Mixed media on 9.5×9.5″ wood pane

Just one painting today as I’m geting on with the marketing and publicity, with just under a month to the exhibition.

Also I have a new flat to decorate – I’ll post more about that in a few weeks as it will also be a studio and occassional gallery space, quite excited about it!

Harris day 7

‘Harris Twilight’. Mixed media on 5×5″ wood block

‘Luskintir Sea, Harris’. Mixed meda on 9.5×9.5″ wood panel

Today’s paintings of Harris for exhibition at the Whitespace Gallery from 14th to 20th July.

I’m quite happy with these today – it’s going in a more atmospheric direction and avoiding the picture postcard look that’s too easy to fall into when painting the west coast beaches.

I’ll paint a 30×30 inch version of this, and several more paintings at 10×10 inches, then I’ll be just about ready for exhibition in a month.

Harris paintings day 6

‘Coast Road near Geocrab Bay, Harris’. Mixed media on 9.5×7.5″ wood panel

‘Traigh Luskentir, Harris’. Mixed media on 9.5×7.5 wood panel

‘Moon reflected in Harris Lochan’. Mixed media on 7×4″ wood block

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..

 

 

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…