Today’s paintings of Crail and Elie Harbours, for the upcoming exhibition Harbour. Details Here
These were painted today from sketches yesterday at both harbours. Crail is a quite typical Fife fishing village which has similarities with many of the atmospheric harbours along the east coast, but Elie feels different entirely – quite dreamlike. I’m still working on capturing this, but really enjoyed the contrast of both styles today.
Some photos from yesterday..
Today’s painting – St Abbs Bay on the east coast near the Border.
Those rocks really are as colourful as they’ve been painted. This part of the coastline is quite famous for its beauty, but also it’s near to where Professor Hutton made his discoveries about geology at Siccar Point
There’s a trail named after him which takes you all along the east coast from the Borders to Dunbar, where you can see the faults and intrusions which proved Hutton’s theory that our planet was much, much older than first believed.
The pink, yellow and purple rocks above are igneous and the grey lower rocks, called Greywrake, are a remnant from the Silurian era – the former beach basically – you can see the bleached effect of tides from an earlier era, which also shows up the colour of crystal clear water. Apparently there would have been more tropical climes then, not unlike today’s weather – we have a mini heatwave in Edinburgh today, and though I know a lot of people hate this mugginess I’m quite enjoying it!
I mentioned yesterday that music helps me paint – which is true of all painters I know – and someone asked yesterday which music I find inspiring to paint to. It changes all the time, today’s was painted to Kate Bush’s Ariel, but here are a few that have featured many times in this year’s ‘Music to Paint to’!
Satie has a suitably meandering mood, and for that aimless feeling nothing quite hits the mark like – Avant-dernières pensées II Aubade
Few can match Kate Bush for atmospheric mood and evocation of landscape, this is Lake Tahoe from 50 Words for Snow. (I’d love to paint that phrase in the song mid way where she calls ‘sno-o-o-wfl-a-ake’!)
Another evoker of atmosphere, is singer/songwriter Scott Matthews. Ballerina Lake is quite haunting and can trigger the right mood..
And (of course) 50 Words for Snow ! I love paintings snowscapes and I also like this amateur video, taken by someone from her porch which looks like somewhere in the wilds of Canada but I think is New Hampshire.
So far I’ve painted scenes of Eigg but as yet no details of the flora and fauna of the island, so at sometime in the next week or so I’ll introduce you to my good friend, and traveling companion to Eigg, Donald Ferguson, who took some beautiful photographs of stones, rocks and sand.
Donald also adopted a rock from the Singing Sands Bay which is now attached to a steel cable and swings gently above a large window in his house. I’m sure he can be persuaded to post a video of it, with the view of Edinburgh’s Arthur’s Seat in the background!
In the meantime here’s an incidental in front of the cliffs of Cleadale, left behind by a glacier millions of years ago..
Hello everyone and thank you for viewing the Eigg series which I’m painting from the 10th April to the 29th May
Also, sincere thanks to the people who have bought some of the paintings (this will help fund the next stage of the Eigg project throughout the year) I hope you enjoy the paintings!
Below is a round-up of all available paintings so far. These are all 5×5 inches, £45 each (including postage), and have a small hook attached to the back. (If you would like a fine art print of these at double the size (10×10 inch giclee print) these are £38 including postage).
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The following paintings have sold: