This video shows my “purple sheep” painting from start to finish. It was a commission for Larchside B&B, situated a couple of miles north out of Portree, with a lovely view over rolling hills towards the Cuillan. I’d had various interesting conversations with Craig and Kasia at Skyeworks about my paintings, and it’s been most intriguing seeing them through their eyes, discovering what they liked best, narrowing down what they’d like to have included, and then creating a composition. On the list was some heather-purples in the landscape, hence the working title “purple sheep”; its final title is “What Time is Breakfast?”.
I was working on “Purple Sheep” again today. The most visible changes are to the sheep themselves and the foreground to the left and right of them; other changes involving glazing and tiny bits of colour don’t show well in the photo. I think it’s finished, but won’t decide until I’ve seen it in daylight tomorrow and can judge the colour more accurately. Right now, the final layer of “wet wool” must dribble down and dry.
Along with the Minch seascape commission, I’ve been asked for one in my sheep series that has heather-purples in the landscape the colours in the sheep (a bit like in “Grazing Committee“). It’s now at the leave-it-to-drip-and-dry stage. Next I’ll work further on the hills, mountains and sky, the balance of purple to green, and add more to the ‘grass’ in the foreground. But first it must dry!
This Minch painting, a commission for a Skye B&B, is now at the “leave it overnight and don’t fiddle with it” stage. I know it’s not quite at the “Are We There Yet?” stage, but want to look at it with a fresh eye before I do any more, and to judge the tonal contrast in daylight. Certainly combining aspects of my previous paintings into a new Minch painting has been an enjoyable challenge, and it was a interesting conversation learning which these “favourite bits” were.
I had a commission to do two small paintings in my Winding Road series, then a request for a third, so I decided to wind the road along four. At one stage the paintings were looking more like sunny Mediterranean than Skye, but introducing “heather pink” to knock back the “gorse yellow” solved that. Each painting is 6×8 inches.
The inspiration for this seascape is the view at Elgol, where the shore is a colourful rocky array with a dramatic backdrop of mountains beyond the stretch of sea. I’ll leave it to dry overnight, then have another round with it. First I’ll deal with the bit of cloud towards the left making a peak look too triangular, then the transition from sea to rocks in the foreground which needs refining.
I’ve put a fair bit of mileage on my sewing machine the past week stitching pencil cases, little bags for “stuff”, and covered sketchbooks with doodled stitching (aka free-motion embroidery) for Skyeworks Gallery. Here’s one of the latter, front and back. The wording says: “Once upon a dark and stormy day when I was on the road to creativity on the Isle of Skye…”