‘On the east ridge of Ben Lui, Spring’

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‘On the east ridge of Ben Lui, Spring’

 

 

‘On the east ridge of Ben Lui, spring’, Acrylic & Pastel, 2011, 30 x 30 cm

This small painting looks back to one of the finest winter days I’ve had on the hill. We’d had a (for me) quite challenging scramble up the steep slopes of the east ridge of Ben Lui, reaching the almost level section about half way up. We had planned to continue to the top but in the winter conditions I was moving far too slowly and so we called it a day at this point. We descended down steep slopes into the glen and as we did so, got amazing views up the ridge towards the summit …the bright light bouncing off the snow and ice. Getting to the top is sometimes not the most important thing and this was certainly the case on this occasion…..it was a memorable and exhilarating day.

This painting is currently being exhibited at Blairmore Gallery near Dunoon. The exhibition runs until July 20th 2011.

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