Paintings on exhibition at the Resipole Gallery in Ardnamurchan
I mentioned a while ago that my friend, musician Donald Ferguson, might compose a piece for guitar to accompany my recent paintings of Sanna Bay in Ardnamurchan, and here it is! (links to paintings below video) …
The atmosphere and mood Donald creates here is entrancing – from the impetus of traveling through beautiful scenery from Glencoe to the Ardnamurchan peninsula, to the peace of arriving at Sanna Bay on the farthest west coast of Scotland.
Here are the links to the two galleries exhibiting these new works – you can contact them there with any queries …
Today’s paintings in progress, the two long ones are much larger in size – at 35×18 inches (about one and a half by three feet). They just need a bit more work and should be finished tomorrow.
It’s been another beautiful day here – sun streaming in the window while I painted, and to get me in a green, leafy mood I drank mint and lemon verbena tea and spritzed myself with Cartier’s Baiser Vole – an effervescent scent based on the illusion of crisp green lilies unfolding on a spring day (the weird things you do to get into a creative mood!) This series seems to be taking shape now, I’m enjoying these vibrant fresh colours.
Just 4 weeks to go until the exhibition launches … all info Here
Today’s paintings of Harris for upcoming exhibiton at the Whitespace Galleryfrom 14th to 20th July.
There will also be a preview event on Friday 14th July with a live cello performance by Atzi Muramatsu in reponse to the themes and paintings of the exhibition. If you’ve followed this blog for a while you’ll know that Atzi is a friend and collaborator I’ve worked with since about 2013.
In 2016 he won the Best Composer Award at the BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards for his work on a short film ‘The Violinist’.
Below are a few short video examples of work we’ve done together, including – Sea, space and sky a short video created last year following a trip to the west coast of Scotland – Achiltibuie then Lewis and Harris in the Hebrides. The film features a poem by Lewis-based poet Ian Stephen (read by Ian Stephen), and several new poems written by another friend and collaborator, Louise Palfreyman. Also below, from an earlier collaboraton on the Isle of Eigg, a performance of Atzi’s work in progress for string quartet; Gaea Metempsychosis
If you like any of these paintings you can reserve and buy them before the exhibition. If any sell before exhibition they’ll have a red ‘sale’ dot next to them, then they’ll be posted to you the day after the exhibition ends (July 21st). You are welcome to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Below are all paintings so far (I’ll be painting larger ones at 9 x9 inches soon, and perhaps a few at 15×15 inches).
Sold. Geocrab Lochan, Harris. Mixed media on 5×5″ wood block. Rose Strang 2017
Sold. Houses at Scarasta, Harris. Mixed media on 5×5″ wood block. £75. Rose Strang 2017
Sold. Croft at Geocrab Bay, Harris. Mixed media on 6.5×5″ wood block. Rose Strang 2017
Sold. Traigh an Taoibh Thuath, Isle of Harris. Mixed media on 6.5×5 wood block. Rose Strang 2017
Rodel Bay, Isle of Harris. Mixed media on 5×5″ wood block
Sold. East coast road, Harris 1. Ink and acrylic on 7.7×5”″ wood block. Rose Strang 2017
Ceapabhal Peninsula, Isle of Harris. Mixed media on 6.5×5″ wood block
Sold. Loch Fhleoideabhaigh at Mannish, Harris. Mixed media on 6.5×5″ wood block £85. Rose Strang 2017
Loch near Beacravik, Harris. Mixed media on 6.5×5″ wood block. Rose Strang 2017
Hills near Beacravik, Harris. Mixed media on 6.5×5 wood block. Rose Strang 2017 (un-framed £125)
A few rough experiments today, of the Harris landscape.
I’m thinking that this subject lends itself to etching though it’s been years since I experimented with that process (image below – my first etching from art college days). I’ll enroll myself on a few classes at Edinburgh’s excellent Printmaker’s Workshop to brush up my skills.
Also, Louise and I were very drawn to the quality of light against rusts and blacks of the landscape, so I might etch on a copper plate, then once I’ve printed from them I’ll use the original plates as part of sculptural works. These might work for the proposal for a funding opportunity that’s come up (organised by An Lanntair, contemporary gallery in Stornaway and Glasgow School of Art) which we’ll apply for alongside various other funding opportunities.
Soon I’ll post some of Louise’s poems. I’ve read one already and it’s beautiful, it seems to glow with colours and atmosphere of the Lewis and Harris landscape.
I’m also working on a small series of our visit to Achiltibuie, but in the meantime I’m awaiting delivery of some lovely new paints to play with!