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).
The fabulous Les McInulty of Albannach Guided Tours. What you can’t see is the rain shower blowing in behind me that Les had warned me would be upon us in about five minutes. (We did make it back to the car in time!)
Part of the view we were admiring.
Something so photogenic about rusting corrugated iron.
Note the double doors!
The Callanish Stones on the Isle of Lewis
And now to some of the beaches of Lewis…
Looking towards Luskentyre beaches on Harris
Patterns in the Minch, on the ferry back to Skye
Sparkles on the Minch sailing across the sea to Skye
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!
My solo exhibition at Skyeworks Gallery opens on 20th May. Feels even more real now the flyers and posters have arrived. I’ll sit around admiring them for a bit, then it’ll be back to work at paintings to be in the 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.