Tag Archives: seascapes

Crail and Elie Harbours

'Crail 1'. Mixed media on 8x8" wood panel

‘Crail 1’. Mixed media on 8×8″ wood panel

'Elie 1'. Mixed media on 8x8" wood panel

‘Elie 1’. Mixed media on 8×8″ wood panel

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..

Crail

Crail

Elie

Elie

 

 

Borders Country Day 17

'St Abbs'. Acrylic on 20x16" canvas

‘St Abbs’. Acrylic on 20×16″ canvas

St Abbs (detail)

St Abbs (detail)

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!

50 Paintings of Eigg Series No. 23

Eigg Series No. 23. Acrylic on 5x5" wood

Eigg Series No. 23. Acrylic on 5×5″ wood

P1100887A wave from Singing Sands Bay, this time more experimental and loose, which I feel gives it more energy. I like this one!

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..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buN1jshK9BI

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8Aytn3Fcu0

50 Paintings of Eigg Series No. 20

Eigg Series No. 20. Acrylic on 5x5" wood

Eigg Series No. 20. Acrylic on 5×5″ wood

detailA peaceful wave in the rain on Singing Sands Bay. The rain was very light so there was a lovely soft glow over everything. I usually use gesso for a semi opaque rainy haze.

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..

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16 paintings of Eigg (34 to go!)

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).

Feel free to email me with any queries at rose.strang@gmail.com

Many thanks for your interest, and to Eigg Box and The Small Isles for the facebook shares and likes!

Available paintings:

(to find out more about the paintings, simply click on ‘Home’ and scroll down the previous blog posts)

Ink and acrylic on 5x5" wood

Eigg Series. No. 16. Acrylic and ink on 5×5″ wood

Eigg Series. No 14. Acrylic on 5x5" wood

Eigg Series. No 14. Acrylic on 5×5″ wood

Eigg Series. No. 13. Ink, gesso and varnish on 5x5" wood

Eigg Series. No. 13. Ink, gesso and varnish on 5×5″ wood

Eigg Series. No. 8. Ink, sand and acrylic on 5x5" wood

Eigg Series. No. 8. Ink, sand and acrylic on 5×5″ wood

Eigg Series. No 8. Acrylic, ink, salt and sand on 5x5" wood

Eigg Series. No 8. Acrylic, ink, salt and sand on 5×5″ wood

Eigg Series. No 6. Acrylic on 5x5" wood

Eigg Series. No 6. Acrylic on 5×5″ wood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eigg Series No 4. Acrylic on 5x4 inch wood

Eigg Series No 4. Acrylic on 5×4 inch wood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following paintings have sold:

Eigg Series. No 15. Acrylic and ink on 5x5" wood

Eigg Series. No 15. Acrylic and ink on 5×5″ wood (Reserved)

Eigg Series. No. 12. Acrylic on 5x5 " wood

Eigg Series. No. 12. Acrylic on 5×5 ” wood (Sold)

Eigg Series. No. 10. Acrylic, ink and salt on 5x5" wood

Eigg Series. No. 10. Acrylic, ink and salt on 5×5″ wood (Sold)

Eigg Series No 9. Acrylic and ink on 5x5" wood

Eigg Series No 9. Acrylic and ink on 5×5″ wood (Sold)

Eigg Series. No 5. Acrylic on 5x5 inch wood

Eigg Series. No 5. Acrylic on 5×5 inch wood (Sold)

Eigg Series. No 3. Acrylic, ink and salt on 5x5 inch wood

Eigg Series. No 3. Acrylic, ink and salt on 5×5 inch wood (Sold)

Eigg Series No. 2. Acrylic, ink and varnish on 5x5 inch wood

Eigg Series No. 2. Acrylic, ink and varnish on 5×5 inch wood (Sold)

Eigg Series. No 1. Acrylic and ink on 5x5 inch wood

Eigg Series. No 1. Acrylic and ink on 5×5 inch wood (Sold)