A few overview photos of my exhibition, which opened today. 26 new paintings on canvas, the largest of which is just over a metre square.
In Tarbert on the Isle of Harris there’s this shed with a not-so-little red door. Inside is a not-so-little choice of tweeds. (It was the last stop of last week’s tour.)
Much as I love living on Skye, what this isle doesn’t really do are long white sandy beaches with enormous waves thundering in. So the request list given to guide Les McInulty of Albannach Guided Tours for what we wanted to see on a two-day trip to Lewis (and a little bit of Harris) was topped by “beaches”. And wow, did we see magnificent beaches (and much more).
This is a painting that changes quite a lot with the light: on darker days, the blues are prominent; on bright days the iridescent paint catches the light and it’s more silvery. The texture paste (see detail photo below) also influences how the light falls on the surface. A couple bought it at Skyeworks when I was down in Edinburgh, but I should get to meet them as they apparently said they’ll be back in May for my solo exhibition!
“How long did it take you?” is a question that gets asked regularly. It’s not entirely straightforward to answer, as there’s not only the brush-on-canvas time involved in a painting. But that’s more interesting to watch than me sitting around thinking, so I’ve made a video of what happens when I step up to my easel. Bonus points if you spot where I pass studio cat a bowl of food.
It was a busy day at Skyeworks yesterday, once again meeting all sorts of interesting people (including a travel/food journalist) but the highlight for me was undoubtedly selling “Four Ply“! Well wrapped in bubble, it headed off-island with a couple who’d discovered the gallery late the day before, and came back for it. I’m delighted they did!