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Three paintings

Photo: Aberlady. Rose Strang 2020

This year I’ll be working on an arts and music project with Adam Brewster in response to three places: the isle of Iona, Aberlady and the isle of Lindisfarne. Other collaborators will also probably be involved as the project develops, such as Donald Ferguson and Atzi Muramatsu.

I’ve worked with Adam, Atzi and Donald on previous projects, all viewable on the ‘Collaborations’ tab in the menu above,so I’m very excited about this one!

The theme is loosely based around the fact that in the 7th century, the route from Iona to Lindisfarne via Aberlady was a pilgrim route. Our project will involve themes I’ve been exploring for many years – landscape, spirituality and history and not least the element of mystery since not much is known of those times!

Pilgrim map from website: eastlothianheritage.co.uk

Pilgrim map from website: eastlothianheritage.co.uk







Adam will be creating music for the project and I’ll also edit a video showing footage of the places interspersed with Adam’s music and the three paintings.

Other than that, I plan to paint a bit less frenetically this year and solely on request, for example if a gallery would like to put on a solo or small group show, or private commissions, which will give me time to develop paintings more slowly and to explore themes in more depth.

I’ll post updates as I go, in the meantime, here are some photos of our recent trip to Aberlady and paintings from Iona and Lindisfarne from previous years …

Aberlady. Rose Strang 2020

Aberlady. Rose Strang 2020













Lindisfarne, 2014

Iona, 2018






Support Marine Sites in Lindisfarne

'Lindisfarne Series No. 3'. Acrylic on 5x5" wood

‘Lindisfarne Series No. 3’. Acrylic on 5×5″ wood

I’m very pleased to introduce the new Lindisfarne prints series!

These are giclee prints from my original paintings of Lindisfarne. I am donating 25% of sales proceeds from these prints to the The Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast European Marine Site

You can view and buy the print series on this link: ‘Prints for charity’



The paintings were created in October 2014, and I remember being mesmerised by the moody changing light of autumn – watching the sky change from silver to black then blue, flocks of birds rising in clouds then speeding along the wave tops.

Bay, by Gavin Duthie

Bay, by Gavin Duthie

The Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast European Marine Site extends along 115km of coastline from Alnmouth in Northumberland up to Fast Castle Head in Scotland, covering the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands. It protects some of the most significant marine and coastal habitats in Europe, including rocky reefs and swaying kelp forests, deep sea caves, intertidal sand and mud flats and large bays.

Grey Seal, Farne Islands

Grey Seal, Farne Islands

These special places support an abundance of marine life, such as grey seal, sea birds, and a rich assemblage of plants and animals on the reefs and beneath the soft sediments. The area also supports visiting whales and dolphins.

Funds will contribute towards furthering the conservation objectives of this special marine site.

Many thanks to Claire Hedley (Implementation Officer for the Marine Site) for joining the project. I hope the prints help support the floral and fauna of this beautiful area of coastline!

Click on ‘Buy charity prints’ to view the art prints series, which also includes the Isle of Eigg and The Bass Rock.

‘Dusk, Lindisfarne’ – paintings and poetry

Dusk, Lindisfarne is the third in a three-part series of videos showing a collaboration between myself and poet, Jennifer L Williams.

This is a beautifully moody poetry reading and interpretation of the painting Dusk, Lindisfarne. (I think the most abstract of the three poems, so my interpretation is subjective). As always, Jennifer captures the feel of the painting – the sense of leaving an island – ”When the end of land approaches’, leaving an imagined haven – ‘the brush rushes to blend the dream’s receding story of belief’, and an ominous mood evoked by an imagined ‘cormorant’s wasted flesh’, whose feathers become receding clouds.

She draws attention to the sea (in this painting the least obvious part of the composition) – ‘in the teeth of winds’ which to me evokes something of holding onto this island haven, before returning again to measured everyday life – ‘we trade in hours’.

I’d hoped to post all 12 of the Lindisfarne paintings today, but I’m currently awaiting scans of all the paintings, which I’ll hopefully post here tomorrow..

Sea and Sky, Lindisfarne

Stormy Sky Lindisfarne


Sea from Castle Point, LindisfarneThese are my latest paintings of Lindisfarne as part of the new series for exhibition at the Marchmont Gallery on the 22nd November

It’s an entirely different light and feel to the Eigg, or West Coast landscape  – more easily described through painting than words, unless you’re a writer! The first painting, Stormy Sky, Lindisfarne looks east towards a small island, which you can walk to at low tide, where St Cuthbert is said to have meditated.

I sat on the shore watching the sky change from silver to black then blue, flocks of birds rising in clouds then speeding along the wave tops. The changes in light were fascinating  – from moodily ominous to gentle, within seconds.

The second painting, Waves from Castle Point, Lindisfarne looks directly south across the sea from near Lindisfarne Castle. The light was beginning to fade slightly, with the low October sun lighting up steely blue waves, which became more choppy as stronger winds began to pick up. This was not much more than half an hour before dark, but there was still enough sunlight to cast rays through the waves, revealing glints of emerald-green

I’d first visited the island in June last year, when the light was entirely different- far softer and less changeable – visiting in October was ideal for painting. I wondered how those early saints, Aidan, Hilda and Cuthbert, might have felt, looking across to a mainland perpetually in upheaval – battles, new religions, new people fighting for territory – everything must have seemed in flux. Northumbria rarely saw peace from the 7th and right up until the 19th century.

Everything was changing too for the old country religions still practiced by ordinary people, and the fact that we know very little about them tells a story in itself, although Aidan, Hilda and Cuthbert practiced Celtic-influenced Christianity – adapted to old religions and ways of thinking, more in tune with the landscape and its cycles.