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Hebrides Prints for sale

'Leaving Ullapool 2'. Mixed media on 5x5" wood

‘Leaving Ullapool 2’. Mixed media on 5×5″ wood

In May this year I’ll be returning to Harris on the outer Hebrides for a brief trip and to 20160920_093106inspire a new series of paintings for this year’s summer exhibition (Whitespace Gallery, Howe St Edinburgh, 30th June to 30th July). I’ll be staying in the yurt, where I painted the Harris sea loch paintings below in September last year. I’m looking forward to seeing how the colours have changed in early summer.

There are 10×10 inch and 20×20 inch limited edition prints available of the following, each in editions of 25, signed and numbered. (All originals have sold). Email me at rose.strang@gmail.com for details:

 

 

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Liceasto 4 (Harris)’. Mixed media on 10×10″ wood

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‘Liceasto 3 (Harris). Mixed media on 10×10″ wood

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‘Leaving Ullapool’. Mixed media on 20×16″ canvas

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‘Liceasto (Harris)’. Mixed media on 20×16″ canvas

Today’s paintings –  a couple of very quick paintings on canvas at 20×16 inches, also two more works on 10×10 inch wood, adding to the Harris and Lewis series. There’s a definite palette and mood emerging – white, green, rust, black and blue…

The diffuse light effect is mostly gesso layers on top of dry paint – it’s usually used as a base, but it’s less opaque than titanium white and I’ve always liked the atmospheric effects, along with thick paint applied with palette knife and salt which gives gritty highlights.

I’m really tempted to publish one of Louise Palfreyman’s poems here to illustrate how well these all work together, but I’ll wait until I’ve edited the video, and Atzi Muramatsu has responded musically (though Louise might publish on her own blog – viewable Here)

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'Callanish 1'. Mixed media on 5x5" wood

'Callanish 2'. Mixed media on 5x5" wood

‘Callanish 2’. Mixed media on 5×5″ wood

Today’s been quite productive and I can see the kernel of a series taking shape – the colours, shapes and brushwork. The series (which will include at least 20 small works on wood, and a series of 3 etchings) will follow the journey from Ullapool to Lewis then Harris.

'Ullapool to Stornaway 1'. Mixed media on 5x5" wood

 

These are an ok start. I think they’d work well as a block;  a bit like a wall of tiles, where the sense of changing light and landscape can be seen as a pattern, which will take a bit longer to emerge…

 

'Ullapool to Stornaway 3'. Mixed media on 5x5" wood

‘Ullapool to Stornaway 3’. Mixed media on 5×5″ woo

 

 

'Callanish 1 + 2".

‘Callanish 1 + 2″.

'Ullapool to Stornaway 1+3'. Mixed media on 5x5" wood

‘Ullapool to Stornaway 1+3’. Mixed media on 5×5″ wood

 

 

 

 

The painting of a small boat seen at a distance in fading light (from the ferry to Stornaway) took several variations (images below) the first of which was best. I’ll work more on this tomorrow – the key is a very fast, instinctive paintwork and I was annoyed at myself for fussing and changing what I knew worked better in the first place!

'Ullapool to Stornaway 2'. Mixed media on 5x5" wood

‘Ullapool to Stornaway 2’. Mixed media on 5×5″ wood

'Ullapool to Stornaway 3'. Mixed media on 5x5" wood

‘Ullapool to Stornaway 3’. Mixed media on 5×5″ wood

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m also playing around with the idea of luminous lines – an idea which began as imagining lines echoing the landscape in luminous night-glo tape and words for Louise’s poems.

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Easy to think of, tricky to do! (the image on left shows the basic idea, though the reality would be smaller scale, tape affixed to fences etc).

Since we’re applying for the An Lanntair project which has a small budget, I’ll put this idea on ice for the moment, but it can be reflected in paintings and etchings, for example the lime-green line next to the Callanish stone in ‘Callanish 1’ above.