Earlier this year I visited the Outer Hebrides, island hopping through Harris, Lewis, Berneray, the Uists, Eriskay and Barra. Being amazed by the colours and distinct character of each place, I wanted to explore more Scottish islands (thankfully there is quite a list). Last week I went to the Isle of Mull and also spent some time on Iona and Ulva.
Visiting at this time of year allowed me to not only have the beaches to myself, but produced some interesting light. As always when working outdoors, my work takes on a looser style in the race against weather and fading light.
Staying in the north of the island made for amazing views out to sea towards Coll and Tiree. And from Ulva, the views out to Staffa, Little Colonsay and the Treshnish Isles were astounding. As far as the south of the island goes, places like Uisken Bay made for peaceful views across to the Paps of Jura, with peaches and purples forming my staple palette.
Sheep and deer and the odd eagle made for good company, often interrupting the horizon lines with impressive silhouettes.
On a ramble around the Glengorm estate I came across the Dun Ara fort, boasting views to distant islands as well as across to the distinct landscape of Ardnamurchan. The sea smashed off the surrounding rocks, dragging the smoothed pebbles to and fro, leaving a patterned froth on the surface for just a moment. Sometimes this is difficult to capture, in fact it is always difficult to capture. However what starts as a simple watercolour, turns into mixed media as ink, graphite and wax are thrown into the pot. Before you know it, the tide is coming in and washing away your pastels.....