“From Ben Lui”

'From Ben Lui', Acrylic & Pastel, 2009, 76 x 23 cm Ref:128

'From Ben Lui'

“From Ben Lui”, Acrylic & Pastel, 3009, 76 x 23 cm

It’s a fairly long walk in to the base of Ben Lui from Tyndrum and it takes us about two hours to get to the end of the estate track and start the actual business of climbing the hill.  But it’s not a boring walk in…it’s quite the opposite in fact, with the track following along the side of the river for a long way and the hills rising on all sides.  For most of the way though, the eye is drawn to the beautiful sight of Ben Lui rising steeply at the end of the glen.  In winter it looks particularly imposing and its great central gully holds the snow for a long time.

This painting is one I did after a fine day clambering up part of the east ridge of this mountain.  It’s an impression of the view we had from a point about half way up the ridge.  In snow, this was a fairly serious undertaking for me and this was the high point of the day…..the summit was still a long way above us.

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