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Monday, 23 September 2019

back to Islay...

I promised part 2 of our blissful trip to a scottish island...so here goes. I have to say a lot has been happening here at home in the meantime so it's quite hard to get back into holiday mood...but it's actually lovely to look at my photos again and remember...

the ruin of Kilchiaran chapel and walking down to the pretty bay, always something to please the eye and a desire to draw it, to capture a sense of the place on paper, a more tactile connection with it than just a photo...

A trip out to peaceful Port Charlotte overlooking Loch Indaal...and a picnic lunch in glorious sunshine in this peaceful bay...
Everywhere there are tiny details to inspire ideas and feelings...a visit to the Islay Museum which had so many interesting items, an out of date post box in Port Ellen, typewriters, yarns and weaving equipment in the Islay Woollen Mill...all give a sense of history, of lives lived, of people and place.

Going much further back in time to the Lords of The Isles... we had an evocative time wandering at Eilean Mor, the once inhabited island at Finlaggan. In ruins, surrounded by water, but with signs of occupation from long ago, marks of man in the landscape...very romantic!

and again and again I was drawing, making marks and shading colours, with simple pen or pencil, or watercolour pencils and some watercolour paints...
and there had to be at least one swim and this was the day...not me, just my daughter having a fantastic time in the cold waters at Claggan Bay, in the late afternoon hot sunshine...and such a peaceful spot...

Then it was time to head back to the ferry, caught from Port Askaig. We watched as the tiny Jura ferry came in...and went, sideways across the short water to Jura....next time we'll go on it! Eventually the huge Cal Mac boat steamed in, dwarfing the tiny Jura ferry. Heading back across the sea to the mainland...then the long drive home, back to our own beds in our beautiful Cumbria, refreshed and replenished, and inspired...

and now, back to my studio...imminent workshops, and Christmassy thoughts required...



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