This is a large mixed media drawing inspired by a recent trip to Applecross, a small town in Wester Ross, on the west coast of Scotland. There is a small winding road called Bealach na Ba near Applecross, which goes up through the mountains and provides really stunning views of the hills and coastline around. This is a view arriving at the end of the road, at the coastline. My eye was drawn to the interesting shape cut by the meandering stream in the valley, ad the towering hillside on the right. I tried to capture the awesome size of the rockface in this drawing, and the colour palette of the surroundings.
In a place like this you do feel very small in the scheme of time and history as you realise this landscape has been here, largely unchanged, for centuries and will likely remain so for centuries to come.
The drawing was made using charcoal, watercolour, sepia acrylic ink, soft pastel and graphite sticks, on thick (300g) Saunders Waterford watercolour paper. It will be posted flat, in a large box, to avoid damage to the surface of the drawing, and will require framing to protect the drawing. (NB The actual colour of the paper is the slightly creamy white of traditional watercolour paper, not a bright snow-white - this is hard to show in the digital image)
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charcoal, watercolour, acrylic ink, pastel, graphite powder, graphite sticks