Saturday, August 31, 2013
Dynamic compositions: the Isle of Skye
I wasn't able to spend a lot of time in my studio this month, but what time I did spend was working on watercolors based on the Isle of Skye sketches I developed in Barbara Jaenicke's Landscape composition class at the Spruill Center for the Arts in Atlanta Georgia.
Isle of Skye is full of dramatic scenery. It is the most northerly isle of the Inner Hebrides on the west coast of Scotland. Wind, water and sky have shaped the island, and these elements are ever present in the landscape. About a half dozen settlements hug rocky shored harbors around the isle. The coast is a sinuous line of bays and rivulets radiating out from the center of the isle. The central part of the isle has numerous mountains called Cuillins. The Black Cuillin's are mostly basalt, while the Red Cuillin are mostly granite. Hill walking on Skye is popular and often challenging. The Cuillin's stark colors stand out against the contrasting blue sky and green moors. The lack of trees allow the ubiquitous clouds to paint shadow patterns across the land.