‘Dawn, Ardtoe’. Mixed media on 14×11″ wood panel. Rose Strang, 2019
‘Early Evening, Ardban’. Mixed media on 14×11″ wood panel. Rose Strang, 2019
Above, three paintings for the Limetree Gallery in Bristol for their upcoming Christmas Exhibition. I’m very happy to be showing again at the Limetree Bristol, which showcases some of Scotland’s leading landscape artists. If you’re interested in any of these paintings, please contact Limetree Gallery on their website:
In this series I’m trying to capture the mood of changing light at dawn and early sunset. The term ‘gloaming’ – used to describe a particular pre-twilight Highland light, sounds romantic and it is quite magical. It’s a light that makes things slightly difficult to see; a sort of subdued glow. I think I’ve maybe captured it in ‘Early Evening, Ardban’. Dawn on the west coast, looking out to sea, usually appears misty with suffused light since it’s coming from the east – colours are softened and low contrast – very tranquil.
These three paintings are worked up from sketches I made this year while at Ardban in Applecross, Sanna bay and Ardtoe beaches in Ardnamurchan – beautiful, remote places on the west coast of Scotland. I couldn’t resist a hint of chimney smoke from Ardban cottage, we had great times around the fire! Here are a few photos from my stay there in August …
Cottage. Rose Strang
Euan, Adam and Donald (playing guitar) outside the cottage. Rose Strang
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) …