Work of the Week: ‘Glen Etive, winter afternoon’

'Glen Etive, winter afternoon'

'Glen Etive, winter afternoon'

‘Glen Etive, winter afternoon, Acrylic & Pastel, 2010, 60 x 30 cm

This is one of a series of paintings that are all based on one brief time a few years ago. We’d been returning through Glen Coe on a rather heavy winter’s afternoon and as we drove by the end of Glen Etive we saw this wonderful scene. The summits were snow topped with odd patches of snow right down to road level in places. The clouds were swirling and breaking around and over the hills with the late afternoon light making everything very atmospheric.

We stopped the car and just sat and watched the changing and very dramatic scene. Rain and sleet showers moved up the glen towards us very rapidly, carried along a strong buffeting wind. Before very long the last light had faded and it was time to move on, but it made a great impression on me and I’ll no doubt do further pictures based on this experience. This painting is currently being exhibited with Scotlandart.com

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