Tag Archives: Skye

Over the sea and under the sky on the island of light

sea view from Neist Point, Skye

sparkling sea, looking west from Neist Point

We just came back from a trip to Skye. It’s a cold island with beautiful silver light that many artists try to capture in paint. I think Winifred Nicholson managed it but I haven’t seen any other painters succeed. Still, that was no reason not to attempt a few sketches of my own, with a possible bigger studio work in mind. The sea shimmered and the coral beach looked like a tropical lagoon.

This was a hasty plein air attempt carried out on a beach miles from anywhere. I sometimes wonder about such places, visited after hours of walking, and wonder if I’ll ever visit them again.

Dibidal beach sketch, mixed media

remote beach at Dibidal, Skye, with white sand and surf, mixed media, sketchbook work, approx 8 inches square

The tropical shores of Skye.

photo of coral beach, skye

the coral beach

On the Durinish coast there are many outlandish rock formations, including MacLeod’s forbidding Maidens, seen in the distance, waiting to surprise unwary travellers.

Sea of the Hebrides sketchbook painting

Sea of the Hebrides, mixed media sketchbook work, approx 8 inches square

On the way to the sparkling sea views near the lighthouse you pass through the otherworldly landscape of Waterstein.

at waterstein on the isle of skye

Waterstein

The local beach, virtually ignored by tourists, is just as delightful as any of Skye’s more famous locations.

loch Pooltiel watercolour sketch

watercolour sketch of loch Pooltiel painted from the beach at Glendale, approx 5 inches square

On the Rocks (in a good way)

We’ve recently returned from a trip to Skye, and we were lucky enough to have the kind of weather that made it possible to paint outside (although woolly hats were still required). Ramasaig is one of my favourite places, even though new fences have made it almost impossible to get to. Once I had found a relatively sheltered spot on the rocks I settled in to do a quick sketch. Sadly, it didn’t turn out too well (I think I was too excited by the setting!) but the experience was fantastic. I have a plan to return to do a large painting one day. This picture shows the dramatic cliffs. (Thanks to Andi for the pics, and I have no idea what I was doing with that Morrisons bag, really …)

me painting at Ramasaig, en plein air

painting at Ramasaig

Tilly likes rocks. She spends ages smelling them and finding the kind of rotting things that dogs like. She also found me (hopefully smelling slightly less of decay).

Tilly and I on the rocks at Ramasaig

Tilly sniffs out my hiding place

This photo came out slightly too dark, but it’s a typical Tilly expression and one which seems to say: “Why do you do these weird things, human?? Never mind, I’ll just humour you as I usually do”.

Welsh Springer on Ramasaig beach

Tilly looking quizzical