Plantscapes

After all the hard work of the last few months I can’t believe that there are just four days left of the exhibition at Eilean Iarmain and a week left at Gairloch Museum.

I’ve had a lot of interest in Flora Gadelica and have decided to have some prints made of my images. I plan to sell online again later in the summer so the prints will be available here, via my website.

Flora Gadelica prints and cards

The prints are from Scotland’s Artists and look absolutely gorgeous on German Etching paper. The details and the colours have come across beautifully.

I still have some details to share about the botanicals that I painted, but I will do that later this week. Today I thought I’d share the three big “plantscapes’ that I painted for the exhibition. The first painting below is of the hazel burn, that’s just a short walk from my house. I spent a lot of time during lockdown walking past this place. It feels quite magical with the moss, ivy and twisted hazel branches. I sketched and painted it several times, starting when the ground was bare and finishing when the celandines and primroses were covering the banks of the wee burn. This painting is in oils and is 100cms x 100cms. This painting represents winter into early spring

The second piece was painted using a selection of sketches and is an attempt to record the crystal clear skies and snow caped peaks of autumn, when the deciduous trees are loosing their leaves and the bracken is turning to red and gold. For me, this painting was about the Scots Pines and their glorious sculptural shapes, emerging from the morning mist.

The final of the three plantscapes is a summer painting. This one has the hawthorn and the sea-thrift in flower. The wee cottage belongs to a friend of mine and I have painted it several times now, very much a favourite destination to sketch and paint.

I’ve four botanical paintings left to share, but more of them later this week.

The Lochcarron Trio exhibition is on until the 23rd of June, Flora Gadelica is on until the 26th June at Gairloch Museum and more news about my online shop is coming soon

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