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Hebrides – video

At last I finished putting together my small video response to our Hebridean journey (link below).

It’s been a bit delayed as I was waiting for music and poetry, then the tricky aspect of fitting the timing of music and poems together with images, and a few shots of the islands themselves.

(detail) Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, c.1555 (oil on canvas) by Bruegel, Pieter the Elder

(detail) Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, c.1555 (oil on canvas) by Bruegel, Pieter the Elder

I’ll return to this project with new improved equipment in the next few months, and with a clearer idea of how all the elements fit together. Definitely poetry readings by Louise will work best. Though as it is I find certain elements work beautifully. I like the way Lewis poet Ian Stephen’s reading leads into the journey, and Louise Palfreyman’s poems exquisitely capture the atmosphere of Callanish and Liceasto in Harris.

Listened to at a reasonable volume, you can hear me sing in the car after the Callanish section, Atzi mentioned he’d used this as inspiration for the intro music!

It’s the final section that really works for me though, with Louise’s ‘Hebridean Light’ and Atzi Muramatsu’s music soaring and suspenseful – I found it poignant, it made me think of the flight or fall of Icarus (also the painting by Breughel) and I couldn’t get the poem and music out of my head when I went off to bed. Various musical accompaniments suggested themselves; the poems being sung perhaps…

Anyway, enough of my havering, here it is…

Hebrides 8

'View from Achnahaird Sand Dune'. Mixed media on 8x8" wood

‘View from Achnahaird Sand Dune’. Mixed media on 8×8″ wood

'Liceasto, Harris'. Mixed media on 10x10" wood

‘Liceasto, Harris’. Mixed media on 10×10″ wood

Today’s paintings – ‘View from Achnahaird Sand Dune’ and a bit more work on ‘Liceasto, Harris’.

The first was much improved with a little time in a hot oven to create ap1120120 crackle effect..




Maps showing Liceasto on Harris, and Achnahaird on the Coigach coast…


bigger-map liceasto






map achnahaird