The Am Bodach paintings

55 'Approaching Am Bodach', Acrylic & Pastel, 2007, 30 x 30cm

'Approaching Am Bodach', Acrylic & Pastel, 2007, 30 x 30cm

Back in the late spring of 2007 my partner Anita and I, along with a friend, spent a long day walking the fine ridges in the Mamoores just to the north of Loch Leven and the Glencoe mountains.  It turned out to be a very fine day with a complete mixture of conditions from bright sun to thick cloud and heavy showers of rain and wet snow.

As we made our way along the ridge towards the final steep climb to the summit of Am Bodach, one of these showers descended and for a while we could see nothing.  As the weather passed, the ridge and the steep rocky mass of Am Bodach loomed ahead.  It was very dramatic and the steep section looked decidedly challenging to me.  As it turned out, it was just a good scrabble rather than a scramble and with the summit now clear it was a fine vantage point.

79 'Mists, Am Bodach', Acrylic & Pastel, 2008, 30 x 30 cm

'Mists, Am Bodach', Acrylic & Pastel, 2008, 30 x 30 cm

 

119 'Approaching Am Bodach', Acrylic & Pastel, 2009, 30 x 30 cm

'Approaching Am Bodach', Acrylic & Pastel, 2009, 30 x 30 cm

The painting I did worked quite well and seemed to sum up the time.  I do though, sometimes like to go back and work up a 2nd, 3rd or even 4th painting; trying each time to develop the image further.

The first three paintings have all been quite small, (30 x 30 cm) but recently I decided to try and make a bigger version …80 x 80 cm.

I’ve been working on this painting on and off for almost a month now and it am starting to come together.  Like it’s predecessors, it‘s not the most colourful of paintings but tries to capture the atmosphere, bulk and scale of this hill.   It has certainly caused me some head-aches and I’m not convinced that I’ve got it right yet.  So then, this is my excuse for the late arrival of this weeks blog…I was too busy with the problems of the new painting to remember to write!

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