Sunday, 6 November 2011
Apologies for absence...
..... but I've had a lot of work on this week, plus during my free time I've been making the most of the glorious weather we have had over the last few days! Above is the sun low in the sky - this is about 10am. Beautiful light and shadows, but a nightmare to drive in!
Yesterday I went over to Kirkwall for the day as there were a couple of exhibitions I wanted to see. I met a friend in Stromness and drove through to Kirkwall which is about 15 miles East of Stromness. We had lunch in The Reel cafe before going along to the exhibitions. One at the Orkney Museum was by Ian Scott of North Ronaldsay - a selection of his water colours painted this summer. He paints "at the scene" and his work is an interpretation of the landscape, weather and mood. North Ronaldsay is one of the most Northerly of the Orkney Islands and is very low lying. One side of the coast is very rocky and there are some wonderful geologic formations there which make great subjects for painting. (The photo doesn't do justice to the pictures but I'm never quite sure of the etiquette of taking pictures of art exhibitions without the artist's permission! So this is a kind of oblique shot).
I then went on to see Diana Leslie's exhibition, which was also in Kirkwall, this time at the "Wool and Wine Shop" (what an inspired combination...!). Diana is Orcadian and lives in Stromness. Much of her work is of Stromness and the West Mainland. I really like her style of work, particularly the "townscapes" of Stromness, the harbour and environs. She works in a variety of mediums, etchings, pencil drawings, oils. Diana was there herself so it was good to chat with her, and others were gathering to see the small exhibition, with wine on hand to make it a very sociable gathering!
I had a little time before the boat left for home so I played with some of the settings on my camera, having felt inspired by the various artist creations I'd seen!
Stromness skyline as the sun sets behind the hills
Fish boxes piled up at the harbour (I used a red accent setting washing out the colour on these photos)
Buyos at the harbour wall
And when I got home, the moon was rising as the sun set (just regular camera setting for this one!).
A lovely end to a relaxing day.