On the 22nd March I’m off to Ardnamurchan again on the west coast of Scotland. I’ll be painting Ariundle Oakwood and the coast of Ardtoe, including Castle Tioram.
I’m traveling there with my friend Donald, who’s a talented guitarist, and I’m hoping I can also capture some nice video footage of the landscape with accompanying guitar sounds! Here’s my recent sketch of Donald playing ..
And a vid of Donald and Charlotte playing at the Open studio eve in December last year ..
I’ll be dropping in to the Resipole Gallery again, it’s a lovely space, and I’m happy to be showing some larger works there (of Ardnamurchan) for their new exhibition from 17th May this year (I’ll also be showing paintings from Ardnamurchan at the Morningside Gallery, Edinburgh from this April)
The trip will continue exploration of the Planets series, this time the planet Mars, which in Medieval times was associated with war but also early spring and trees – hence the trip to Ariundle oakwood. I’ve never actually visited the wood before and look forward to it. It’s a remnant of the ancient oakwoods which once stretched all the way along the Atlantic coastline from Portugal to Norway.
Some photos of Ariundle, and Ardtoe (these are stock photos, I’ll have many of my own photos after the trip) …
And some maps showing where we’ll be ..