South Uist

South Uist

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

The psychology of Eastern light - Initial thoughts

The question is there a psychological effect on landscape artists by Eastern light? or artists of a certain psychological temperament drawn to paint in the bluer, darker influences of the East.
Having spent many years exploring and enjoying the light of Western shore, West Cornwall, the Atlantic shore of Donegal, the coasts of the Uists in the Scottish Western Isles even though many of these locations attract artists in their droves to capture and utilise that “special” white light, especially in St Ives and the Big Sky. I have only recently drawn to the  darker, bluer light of the East coast of Scotland.
I have found it personally difficult to capture the beauty of the bone white sands, the azure seas as they hold nothing back, stunning and spectacular the scenery almost revels in its own immediacy.
I find the reluctant mystery of the East coast captures the imagination, a reluctance to reveal in the blues and greys of the sea and sky. More unforgiving, a coast inhabited by more ghosts.
Being as artist is about the journey rather than a destination, one foot after the other I will continue to attempt to capture some of that mystery of the Eastern light.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

First time in the real bloggershere -The Irish artist in Glasgow

This is the first short journey online on blogspot having just returned from the far reaches of Quebec, Canada from an area called Gaspasie "The end of the World"  this wonderful peaceful and little known area has similarities with Finistere, Cape Cornwall and Scotland's own Cape Wrath. All these places seem to have a magic where the land and sea meet.
For me as an artist the energy of these places fills the soul with excitement and always provides inspiration and purpose to my work as an artist.

I want to use this area to talk to artists and all who are interested in art.