‘Late December afternoon, above Wanlockhead’

70 'Late December afternoon, above Wanlockhead', Acrylic & Pastel, 2007, 102 x 200 cm

‘Late December afternoon, above Wanlockhead’, Acrylic & Pastel, 2007, 102 x 200 cm

As you know, I occasionally undertake commissions and this was one of the larger ones I completed.  The painting, which as you can see from the dimensions was quite tall, was commissioned to go on a large stairwell wall.  It therefore had to work both close up and from further away as well as from below and looking downstairs from the top landing too.  Suffice to say it took me some time to work out the composition of this painting.

The piece was based on a view I had during a walk with our local mountaineering club Air Na Creagan on a beautiful late December afternoon in the hills near Wanlockhead.  The low afternoon sun was creating some wonderful colours and deep shadows as we looked across and into a small steep sided glen.

This large painting took several months to complete and I produced several small ‘test’ pieces (30 x 60cm) before starting it.  I always like working on large scale pieces but due to the difficulty in exhibiting them, commissions are usually the only chance I get to work on this scale.  I’m always willing to discuss ideas for large scale works so if you have a big wall in your home or business, do consider a commission.

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