The next part of my trip was 6 days on the Isle of Lewis (and Harris – the southern part of the island) hanging out with my sister, brother in law, 4 year old niece and meeting my 6 month old nephew called Ruairidh (Ru for short).
I wasn’t sure if I would get any dedicated sketching time, or if the wild Lewis weather would be sketch-friendly! In the end I sketched more than I expected and the weather was better than it was last year. Please refer here, here and here for articles from last years visit.
I love hanging out with J and G, wee Catronia is a lot of fun (and developing a strong Lewis accent) and Ru charms everyone with his smiles and happy disposition. Special times!
Stornoway isn’t one of the most picturesque towns in Scotland but the more I visit it, the more I love its rugged beauty and the more I want to sketch it. Maybe next trip I will be able to carve out some time to sketch in and around town.
Here are a few spreads showing some of my landscapes – some of them were done with the constant threat of distraction in the form of my 4 year old niece!
I’m half tempted to re-do a few of these in the coming weeks in the hope that I can be more effective next time.
Trying a lighter approach on a day with flat lighting – this is the wonderful St Clements church at Rodel at the bottom of Harris. I spent a wonderful Lord’s Day with my friends Rev and Mrs Smith in Leverburgh and am thankful for Mary’s suggestion to make this detour on my way back north.
The beaches are incredible (especially the colour of the water on a good day!), the hills are spectacular (in any weather) and there is such variety in a small area – much less touristy as well.
Although it is sometimes hard that my sister and family live on a remote island, it’s definitely worth the effort to go and visit them. Hope to return again next year!
For more articles from my Europe trip – check out the full collection here.