‘Ben Lomond from the Luss Hills’

'Ben Lomond from the Luss Hills', Acrylic & Pastel, 2008, 30 x 30 cm Ref: 72

'Ben Lomond from the Luss Hills'

‘Ben Lomond from the Luss Hills’, Acrylic & Pastel, 2008, 30 x 30 cm Ref: 72

The forecast for the next couple of days here is hot …ending in thunderstorms on Sunday. It reminded me of a similar summer day we spent up in the hills above Luss. I’ve talked about these hills before …the short circuit of Ben Dubh and Mid Hill being especially fine. One of the reasons for this being the spectacular views out over Loch Lomond and of course across to the most southerly Munro, Ben Lomond.

We normally visit these hills in winter when the days are short but on this occasion with the hot humid weather we thought it’d be a not too exhausting day. In the end it wasn’t too bad, there being a breeze once on the tops and the heavy threatening clouds never developed into anything nasty …the first rumble of thunder would have had us scurrying off down the hillside at double quick time! Ben Lomond across the loch looked quite dark and brooding and I was certainly glad that I wasn’t amongst the weekend crowds on its main path. Between the summit of Ben Dubh and the wee cairn that marks the summit of Mid Hill, the ground descends a little to a particularly rough bit of terrain – peat hags and bog abound, but on the day in question everything was dry and rather frazzled I seem to remember. Anyway, this is the little painting that resulted from this hot and rather sticky day.

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