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'North Berwick, Summer'. Mixed media on 18x18" wood panel. Rose Strang 2020. (NFS, Private Commission).

Finished Commission – North Berwick

Above: North Berwick, Summer. Mixed media on 18×18″ wood. Rose Strang 2020 (NFS, private commission).

I finally completed this private commission today and it will be winging its way to a new home soon!

The painting shows part of the headland past the town of North Berwick on the east coast of Scotland on a summer’s day in August.

This is one of my (and my family’s) favourite places to be. Though it’s just about thirty miles from Edinburgh, it always feels quite ‘away from it all’, the rocks are beautiful and as a kid it was heaven to play here, as an adult too!

The person who commissioned me works in a hospital, so I hope this painting is uplifting during a stressful time for folks in the NHS. Having said that, I hear that the non-Covid wards are not busy since everyone’s too scared to go into hospital for fear of either catching Covid or placing more strain on the NHS.

Below – a few photos showing some of the development of the painting. The challenge was capturing that lovely curve where sea meets land, also the dry August grass. The sea was not so much of a challenge once I’d toned down the rather too bright turquoise. You’d see bright turquoise on the west coast of Scotland but not the east coast!

The final touch was a lot of gesso splashed – it gives a sense of atmosphere and messing up a postcard-like view makes it more real – the way the eye sees in real life with peripheral vision and sun in our eyes, changing weather and so on.

It was both a challenge and a delight to paint, a big thank you to the person who commissioned this for giving me a really nice project during lockdown!


‘Harbour’ exhibition launch

P1080740 P1080737The preview evening of Harbour went well – there was a really nice buzz, good conversations, several sales and an upcoming commission!

Harbour runs until the 30th June. Many thanks to all who came along and to Terence at the Freespace gallery for his help and good cheer.

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The Freespace Gallery was the perfect scale for these smaller works, the wall screen was a good feature too, displaying a showreel of art collaborations between myself, composer/cellist Atzi Muramatsu and poet Jennifer L Williams. (Atzi recently won a BAFTA Best Composer Award at the BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards, very well deserved!)


This is the start of a busy summer this year – my next exhibition will be on a bigger scale with an entirely new theme inspired by the village of Casares in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. More about that next week…