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‘Below Beinn Dorain, a February afternoon’


‘Below Beinn Dorain, a February afternoon’

‘Below Beinn Dorain, a February afternoon’, Acrylic & Pastel, 2011 – 13, 80 x 80 cm, Price £1250

I originally started work on this painting a little over two years ago and at the time, thought that I’d finished it satisfactorily.  However, once it was in its frame, doubts started to creep in.  The painting is based on a view I had several years ago of the side of Beinn Dorain in the Southern Highlands.  I’d been away for the weekend walking with our local club in Kinlochleven but the weather conditions were so severe that we decided to cut our losses and head back home early, on the Sunday.  As we pass Beinn Dorain near the Bridge of Orchy, we had this amazing view of the steep side of the hill with snow higher up and the gullies with snow in them too.

The original version of this painting was bold; especially the lower half of the painting and it was this area that always caused me problems!  Finally after much thought, I decided last week to get the painting out of its frame and rework it.  It’s more subtle now but better captures the cold light of that early February afternoon.  I think that now, finally ….finally, it is finished!