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Castle Point, Lindisfarne

Yesterday I posted the video of Jennifer L William’s wonderful poetry response to ‘Stormy Sky’ Lindisfarne,which you can view on this link: https://rosestrangartworks.wordpress.com/2014/11/09/when-you-write-to-the-light/

And as promised here is the second poem in response to ‘Castle Point, Lindisfarne’..

I’m also very delighted that Atzi Muramatsu has agreed to perform live at the Lindisfarne exhibition next weekend (Saturday 22nd) at the Marchmont Gallery Edinburgh. I absolutely love Jennifer’s and Atzi’s creative work, and it’s always a great pleasure to work with them.

The Marchmont Gallery have created a Facebook Event page for the exhibition, which you can view here Lindisfarne exhibition facebook event

In a few days I’ll update information about the Eigg Island project.

‘When you write to the light..’

I’m very pleased to introduce you to¬† Jennifer L William’s response in poetry to one of my recent Lindisfarne paintings.

In this video she recites a poem in response to ‘Stormy Sky, Lindisfarne’..

It always feels magical to me when Jennifer plucks poetic inspiration from a painting, and draws viewers in to the meaning behind the image.

This is Jennifer’s personal response, but as with previous poems it gets to the heart of what I wanted to paint and communicate. In an earlier blog I spoke about the process of visiting an island like Eigg or Lindisfarne, as a painter. There’s a wish to be more present, or to see beyond the obvious, I described it in an earlier post as peeling back layers.

Jennifer’s poem takes this further, and expresses in words what I try to explore in paint. This line from her poem; When you write to the light, you write beyond the grave expresses to me the idea that we can only perceive with our limited human senses, and in the process of responding as a painter, or poet, you hope to see beyond your own thoughts, beyond a mirror.

The final line; you are the light could be read in a spiritual sense, or in the sense that we are the light, we make landscape what it is, or project our thoughts on to it. It makes me think of Shelley’s poem Mont Blanc;

..and what were thou, and earth, and stars and sea, if to the human mind’s imaginings, silence and solitude were vacancy?

Contemplating Jennifer’s poem has been a pleasure (especially on these dark winter evenings!). Tomorrow I’ll post a second poem and video, in response to the recent painting ‘Castle Point, Lindisfarne’.

Jennifer L William’s poetry can be viewed on this website: http://jlwilliamspoetry.co.uk/

Holy Island – Lindisfarne


A while ago I mentioned that I’d be doing a small one-off project about the mysterious island of Lindisfarne which is off the Northumberland coast, just over the border into England.

This weekend I’ll be traveling there to spend some time painting and to meet people in the Lindisfarne community. I’ll be creating a series of new paintings, and the resulting exhibition will be shown at the Marchmont Gallery in Edinburgh this November.

I mention that it’s a mysterious island, but in reality it’s very accessible, although only at3098067_77e3534b certain times due to the tides.

Nonetheless I do find the island atmospheric, and as with all destinations, how you explore an island – or the imagination you bring to the journey – is what makes it special. It’s a process of peeling back layers or trying to get beneath the surface. Most of all, for me, it’s a response to landscape.


Pilgrims Way,Holy Island, Northumberland, UK

Small islands have always attracted pilgrims in search of peace or spiritual awareness, and although I’m not religious I respond similarly to such landscapes, as do many people. It may be the sense of isolation from the mainland, or the proximity to sea and exposure to the elements that partly explains the long Celtic tradition of island hermitages.

Statue of St Aidan at Lindisfarne Priory

Statue of St Aidan at Lindisfarne Priory

While on the island this weekend, I’ll be with my musician friend Donald Ferguson, and meeting with a friend of the family, a former Franciscan Monk who joined the Lindisfarne Community of Hilda and Aidan last year. This is an ecumenical organisation, inspired by the contemplative life of ancient Celtic saints such as Aidan then Cuthbert who lived on the island from the 7th century.

I’ll also be posting artworks and photographs here after the weekend, so I hope you’ll drop in to have a look!





Current and upcoming projects..

'Black' Ink, acrylic and salt on 5x5" wood

‘Black’ Ink, acrylic and salt on 5×5″ wood

A painting created last year in response to Bulgari’s perfume Black

As I’m in between painting projects for the next couple of weeks (preparing for trips to Lindisfarne then Eigg) I’ve been writing about my other love – perfume!

My recent article about perfume and perceptions can be viewed Here

Did you know that sniffing perfume and remembering/identifying its notes can help prevent dementia? Also, it’s interesting to explore the ways that different cultures perceive or use perfume. This article only touches on these subjects, but you might also be interested to know that the Museum of Art and Design (MAD) in New York, now has a permanent olfactory curator, more info Here

I’ll be posting more info about upcoming art projects on Lindisfarne and Eigg in the next few weeks. ..

holy_island_largeFirstly, I’ll be on Eigg from the 6th of September to explore creative collaborations with islanders. Then in mid to late September I hope to be briefly visiting Lindisfarne with Jennifer L Williams and Atzi Muramatsu, where we’ll be seeking inspiration for artworks, music and poetry in response to the island.


Visual arts-wise, it’ll be a mini version of the 50 paintings of Eigg project, with ten 5×5 inch paintings of the island, and of course time and availability willing, Jennifer and Atzi will be producing poetry and music too.

The plan is to present this as exhibition and event in October (I’ll post updates on this blog of course).

Following on from the September Eigg trip, I’ll be waiting to see if a funding application has been successful, which will allow for a more collaborative and inclusive exhibition about the Isle of Eigg, where I’ll be collaborating with Eigg Box and other artists/musicians/writers, to be launched at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in March 2015.

I hope everyone’s having a lovely summer. Speaking for myself, I can’t wait to be back on the beautiful Islands of Eigg in the west and Lindisfarne on the east coast..