Today I took a quick trip along the coast to watch Cockenzie Power Station being demolished. Lots of people lined the shore with cameras at the ready, I just had my little hand held camera, but caught the demolition just as it happened..
I also sketched and took some photos of the power station before it blew up, and I love the strange gloomy light and reflections, so I’ll be painting this subject next week to mark this historic occassion!
Here are a few photos from the shore. It’ll be strange not to see this on the skyline…
‘Bass Rock Lighthouse, Autumn’. Acryklic on 5×5″ wood
This series of four paintings depict the Bass Rock on the East Coast near North Berwick. (click on images for larger view)
I love this part of the east coast, I’ve been visiting since I was a girl and I’m there every month or so whatever the weather. The series shows the Bass Rock in the the moods and light of different seasons and I hope captures the sense of mystery of the island as it’s viewed from the shore.
There are boat trips which go out regularly and as you get closer to the island you’re very much reminded that it’s a famous bird sanctuary – it’s absolutely teeming with gannets, taking off, swooping in clouds and formations around the cliffs which are larger than they seem from the shore and surprisingly dramatic, you can spot the odd seal here and there in the deep water off the rocks, and the remains of an ancient chapel. One of the first inhabitants of the island was an early Christian settlet called Baldred
‘North Berwick 1’. Acrylic on 5×5″ wood (side view)
Islands recur often in my work, and I know I’m not alone in feeling drawn to the sense of haven islands offer. Other than Edinburgh Castle and Arthurs Seat, the Bass Rock is the most familiar landscape feature to me. It’s a much loved subject that I’ll be painting for many years to come.
‘Tweed River near Peebles 2′. Acrylic on 5×5″ wood
This is just a quick update on the print project I posted about a few days ago.
I’m in the midst of various applications, also still discussing approaches for taking a percentage of print sales to go towards charity.
The idea is that a third of proceeds from sales of prints go towards charities related to the landscape painted. All the charities I’ve spoken to have loved the idea, so it’s just a case of pinning down a few details.
The print series will include landscapes of Eigg, the Borders, Lindisfarne and the Bass Rock at North Berwick.
Atzi Muramatsu and I are currently putting together the final details for our application to the DAIWA Foundation and Creative Scotland. This is for a creative residency on Japan – a development of our approach to the ‘Eigg Island’ project, you can read more about it Here.
Hopefully in Spring next year we’ll be on the beautiful island of Yakushima in Kyushu. (We had considered Sakurajima but with volcanic eruption alerts it might not be the most pragmatic choiceas it can restrict travel).
In October I’ll finally have time to work on paintings for the RSA, I’m really looking forward to being back in painting mode, it’s all been very admin’ focussed recently!