Work of the Week: ‘After the storm, the northern shores of Loch Lomond’

'After the storm_ the northern shores of Loch Lomond ', Acrylic & Pastel, 2006, 74.5 x 20.5cm Ref: 0.2

'After the storm - the northern shores of Loch Lomond '

‘After the storm, the northern shores of Loch Lomond’, Acrylic & Pastel, 2006, 76 x 23 cm

This painting was one of the first pieces I did using both paint and pastel. As the title suggests, it is based on a very memorable occasion when we were caught in a thunderstorm on the Little Hills ridge of Ben Vorlich at the side of Loch Lomond. We were only about 1000 ft above the loch at the time and the ridge at this point is a kind of broad double ridge with a deep grass filled hollow between. There really wasn’t much we could do as the storm arrived and so we just deposited the walking poles a good distance away and stood waiting for it to pass. The rain was tremendous and everything became very dark, but thankfully there wasn’t any lightening near us and after a while the rain started to ease. As it did, we had this wonderful view of the loch as the returning light started to catch it. Despite being quite an old piece now, this is still one of my personal favourites. It’s currently being exhibited at The Resipole Studios on Ardnamurchan.

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