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Bass Rock series day 2

'Rockpool, Daisy Island (North Berwick)'. Mixed media on 8x8" wood panel

‘Rockpool, Daisy Island (North Berwick)’. Mixed media on 8×8″ wood panel

'Berwick Law from Daisy Island'. Acrylic on 8x8" wood panel

‘Berwick Law from Daisy Island’. Acrylic on 8×8″ wood panel

'Bass Rock and Waves. Acrylic on 8x8" wood panel

‘Bass Rock and Waves. Acrylic on 8×8″ wood panel

Three finished works of the Bass Rock for the Greens and Blues gallery in North Berwick.

I had to create the obligatory Bass Rock painting, not that it’s a chore since I love the shape of the Bass Rock, but when I’m at the beach it’s the rock pools I find fascinating.

Daisy island is a tidal island so you can walk across to it at low tide, though it’s also a bird sanctuary so sometimes it’s restricted. What I wanted to capture here is the way it feels like a safe haven, even the grass is incredibly springy and soft, you can throw yourself on it without injury should that wish arise. When I was a kid I practiced somersaults and cartwheels there, and to this day I partake in a forward and backward somersault when I visit. I also find it easy to meditate there.

The lichen on these gnarly basaltic vocanic rocks is acid yellow (I used cadmium yellow straight from the tube) and in autumn the rock pool reflections have an incredible clear gold clarity. Really enjoyed painting these today!

Bass Rock

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 5x5" wood (side view)

‘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.



Bass Rock Series

'Bass Rock Lighthouse, Autumn'. Acryklic on 5x5" wood

‘Bass Rock Lighthouse, Autumn’. Acryklic on 5×5″ wood

'Bass Rock, Summer'. Acrylic on 5x5" wood

‘Bass Rock, Summer’. Acrylic on 5×5″ wood

Another two in the series of Bass Rock paintings.

I’ll give an update in a day or so on when and where these will be available..

I changed the boat in ‘Bass Rock, Winter’ to red as it was disappearing against the sea!

'Bass Rock, Winter' Acrylic on 5x5" wood

‘Bass Rock, Winter’ Acrylic on 5×5″ wood