Stunned as usual by the colours and shapes of foliage against sea, sky and stone in the Peloponnese and nearby islands. A range of greens from grey olive to deep Balkan pine. From the summit of Hydra, sun on the sea curving away to distant dotted islands in the clear golden light of October, mellow and warm on the crumbling ochre-white sandstone of the hillside, thick with phoenician juniper and holm oak . Clumped pink cyclamen among tinder-dry pine needles, the strong scent of drying oregano and a jumble of vivid prickly pear ranging over the headland at Nafplio.
An escape from the studio for a few evening hours at the end of August walking and drawing in the Lomonds. There was a still, golden atmosphere, warm and buzzing with insects. Sitting in the hollows to the north of the path running between the two hills, there's a clear view of both and of the farmland below leading away to a smaller line of hills. A seemingly simple landscape but full of detail, the patchwork of pale gold late summer arable fields with dark boundary lines of hedge and trees stretching away to the distance and the waving blond grasses and clumped purple heather of the hillside all around. Sounds were the light breeze in the grass, murmured voices of the passing walkers on the path and the sheep in the distance. As the breeze dropped biting midges arrived so up in search for the remains of 'Maiden Castle' on the north side of the brae. Having no map and after wandering through the hillocks and round still bog pools of water boatmen found no sign of ramparts. The breeze had got up again and there was time for another drawing.
So many possibilities. Playing with the book forms practiced on a recent course.
Brilliant and productive time last weekend at a two day artist's book workshop at Birnam Arts. It was organised by PVAF and led by the excellent Susie Wilson who took us through a range of paper folding and bookbinding processes. By the end of the second day we were really inspired by the prototypes we'd created. A weekend well spent with a great bunch of artists.
Inspirational morning with artist friend Rosie in the Sma' Glen, Glenalmond, drawing and painting between showers in a small plantation of Scots pine and birch up by a waterfall. Lying a large sketchbook on a flat rock under one of the birches, I 'traced' the shadows of the moving branches. Really looking forward to trying this again when it's less windy.
Really delighted my drawing 'Walk With Me' won first prize at open art competition 'Moving Mountains' at the Lime Tree Gallery in Fort William. Organised by An Ealdhain Arts Trust to coincide with the Fort William Mountain Festival last weekend. The exhibition runs until Sunday April 3rd.