The Cuillin Mountains of Skye

Light on Marsco, watercolour, 25 x 36 cm

The Isle of Skye is famous for the Cuillin Mountains, probably the most impressive range of mountains in the British Isles. There are actually two separate parts of the range, lying on either side of Glen Sligachan. On the northern side are the Black Cuillin, composed of very old, gabbro rock. They have a very jagged outline and provide some challenging climbing conditions. To the south the mountains are known as the Red Cuillin, because of their pink granite rocks. They have a more forgiving, smoother outline. These hills include Marsco, the subject of the painting, with slopes which sweep down into Glen Sligachan.

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  1. It`s a lovely painting Keith. Well done and all the best.

  2. Hi Keith, one of my nicest visits to the misty isle was about fifteen years ago, a friend and I decided to go by train, then catch the ferry and finally got the bus with my border collie dog Spot hidden under the seat in case the inspector got on board! I didn't know that the bus company then had decided against folk bringing their dogs on board the buses, there had been complaints of dogs using the seats and admiring the grand views but only paying half the fare of an adult! Anyway the view from the bus was incredible of the cullins and the mists that would swirl around both Marsco and further down the road on Sgur nan Gillean. You got the colours in your painting that were about when we travelled down that day and looking back I think it was during the early spring. We got a B&B in Portree with a large table by the window with views out onto the bay, looking out to where the sea eagles live. We sat and painted there each afternoon after walking into Portree to buy cakes for our tea! What a grand time we had back then. Your painting is really bonny and what a lovely sky you have there. I bet you are delighted with how this one has turned out. Is this one for Eden court?

  3. Hi Caroline, it made me laugh to think of smuggling a dog onto a bus. There's no way we could get away with that with our Cocker Spaniel; he's far too lively!

    I was pleased with this one; I think it has all the elements of a typical day in the mountains of Scotland.

    Yes, this would be a good one for Eden Court or Elgin.

  4. this is convincing, really wonderful

  5. Good Morning Keith!... Thank you for the "typical day tour of your Scottish Mountains!

    As is usually the case... your visual and written expressions combine eloquently to capture your pride and interest in your Scottish heritage.

    It is wonderful to visit... using your eyes and thoughts. A pleasure always!

    You have caught that obvious balance between the perceived green peacefulness of these wild regions... but in combination with the rugged and possibly dangerous elements as well. Such is the case in all wilderness regions!

    I am off to Algonquin Park for three days... looking forward to some of that solitude and quiet myself!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,

  6. Good morning Bruce, I'm glad you enjoyed a bit more of the atmosphere of the Scottish mountains.

    The contrast between the peacefulness and the potential danger is one of the things that I like about these wild landscapes.

    I hope you enjoy your wilderness experience!

    All the best,

  7. thank you to show us your beautiful landscapes and preserved. This sky is fabulous.

  8. Hi Keith
    I have just re-opened by blog so I have joined your list of followers again.
    This work is just beautuful, as all your work is.
    I love how clever you are with shading, among other things.
    Happy Easter


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