I finished this work of rain clouds over the Isle of Skye yesterday and as with all my new work I posted it on my Facebook page. I love it but I was worried that it might be a a bit too bleak for some. Well I shouldn’t have been worried as it turned out to be one of my most liked and commented posts to date. Seems there are lots of fans of a broody Scottish sky out there besides me. This is now available on the website as several sizes of standard and Giclee panoramic prints and I’ve also made a square cropped mini-print version to fit those ubiquitous ikea frames.
The first of these is the beautiful Reef beach on Lewis (Traigh na Beirghe), a vast expanse of white sand edged by flower covered machair in summer, with a handy campsite just over the dunes. The day we visited was one of those days where the sun shone on beach and grey storm clouds gathered overhead. It didn’t rain. We splodged and collected shells and soaked up the views.
The second piece is from Skye. On our last night of a wet week camper-vanning on Skye we found a tiny and very quiet campsite at Camus More on the North Western Trotternish peninsula near Bornisketaig. The lovely lady who owned the campsite said that she didn’t advertise as she didn’t like it when it got too busy so it was just us and one other family (and lots of midges). The campsite looks out over a part sandy, part pebble beach with incredible views out to the Western Isles and we sat with some beer and watched the sunset. Amazingly it was the first time the kids had seen a proper sunset. And it was some sunset! If we hadn’t reversed the van into a lamp post earlier that day it would have been the perfect end to our holiday.
We have finally uploaded our entire mug and coaster collection and our lovely new ceramic tiles, which sold so well at our Christmas events, have made an appearance as a print purchase option. Happy shopping!
We still have a bit of work to do and in the coming weeks we’ll be adding placemats and small 4″ gift boxed tiles…..watch this space.
I can’t get enough of the view over to Skye from my favorite beach, Sand, on the Applecross peninsula.
Rod and I went to Applecross for our honeymoon and spent hours sitting on this beach watching the light change over the mountains of Skye.
From this vantage point the most prominent mountain is the pointy Glamaig which is the furthest north of the Red Cuillins. To it’s right is the dramatic Black Cuillins.
This new work is called “The Red & Black Cuillin” available as prints, ceramic tiles, mugs, coasters and cards.
“The Bealach Na Ba, Applecross” March 2016
I’ve been meaning to do this one for years partly because this road is such a spectacular drive with incredible views across to Skye from the top of the pass, and partly because when you reach the end you find yourself in the wonderful Applecross with it’s friendly campsite, one of the best pubs in Scotland, the Applecross Inn and (in my opinion) Scotland’s most beautiful beach. This is of course, the famous Bealach Na Ba which means “Pass of the Cattle” in Gaelic. The pass is an old drovers road which rises steeply to 2053ft through the mountains of the Applecross peninsula to Applecross village. Until the 1970’s this was the only road in to Applecross and is often impassable in winter. Now you can drive around the coast past Torridon if the road is closed (or if you are nervous driver). If you visit don’t forget to stop at The Coalshed, near the Applecross Inn, a little art and crafts Gallery which stocks all of my Applecross work.