Glen Coe drawing trip

By petertudhope, Aug 19 2014 12:15PM


I've just spent a very wet but enjoyable weekend in Glen Coe, one of my favourite places in Scotland. As a teenager I spent a few summers holidaying in Helensburgh with family. My uncle used to take us visiting around the western Highlands which I loved. It may even have sparked my love for the landscape and mountains. Glen Coe always put the hairs up on the back of my neck, I don't think I've ever been there when the weather was sunny so I have a feeling of the place as moody, atmospheric, and foreboding. This weekend was no different, in fact worse. Some torrential rain caused an initial upset to my drawing plans. As I drew in the rain, the battle to keep some kind of image on the paper without it sliding off completely was intense. Working quickly I started to embrace the marks made by splattering rain. The works were better than I hoped for. Not nice landscape drawing but images of the place, the history, the intense energy of the wilderness. Can't wait to go back! I hope to make a new series of paintings from the drawings done there. I also worked in my sketchbook, gathering imagery and colour notations which will hope to inform the work.

You can find the larger drawings in my drawing folder, please feel free to browse and by all means let me know what you think!

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