‘Approaching Am Bodach, the Mamores’, Acrylic & Pastel, 2014, 30 x 30 cm
This small painting is currently hanging in my studio and is one of several paintings I’ve created over the last few years based on this theme.
Am Bodach, one of the fine Munros on the Mamores ridge, is a really great hill. Nita and I have climbed it twice over the years and on this occasion we had a real mix of weather. Despite it being well into spring, we were caught in a couple of heavy wet snow showers that left the hill dark and brooding as we approached its steep rocky upper section. Not that it lasted long, as by the time we’d reached the summit, the cloud was breaking all around and we sat there enjoying the views in increasingly bright sun. One of these days I’ll try and do a painting that captures something of these brighter conditions at the top … but in the meantime you’ll have to make do with this grey sombre and rather damp view of the hill.