It’s a gorgeous October day and I’m at the wee gallery at An Talla Dearg, at Eilean Iarmain on Skye, it’s really rather wonderful to be here.
My fellow artists are Aileen Grant and Steven Proudfoot and this our second time at this wonderful gallery.
We’re showing a selection of art. Steven is a watercolour artist, Aileen has a variety of work in different mediums, acrylic, oils and a selection of prints.
I’m showing work from before, during and after the lockdown. As you’ll know if you’ve read this blog I struggled to be creative during the Spring and Summer so instead of spending any time in the studio I found myself turning to the outdoors. I’m glad I had my garden and I really enjoyed teaching for UHI, but I missed painting.
Once I was allowed to travel again I spent as much time as I could sketching and drawing. But as things still seemed so different and, as the local roads were so busy, I found myself staying close to home. Therefore, by necessity much of my newest work has been inspired by aspects of Lochcarron and because my 85 year-old mother lives in Skye I’ve travelled back and forth weekly as soon as I was able to so my newest art reflects places along the route.
I do realise how lucky I am to be somewhere so outstandingly beautiful and I wanted to celebrate and share where I live in my art.
Normally a lot of my landscapes are painted en plein air or are based on sketches and studies done in the landscape, but during the lockdown, I really had to narrow my focus. I found myself looking at the familiar much more closely, the washing lines on the beach outside my home, the animals that live close to my village. This work makes up a good part of this exhibition.
There are also a number of pieces painted after the lockdown was over, views from a walk with my family or a drive through to Inverness and a selection of pieces from last Autumn, Winter and Spring, before the Pandemic.
It’s lovely to get out of the studio again, to meet people and to share our art with our friends and with visitors
I’d love to see you if you can get along to the exhibition, but if not why not connect via this blog or via social media below