Slate Painting: I Think Clearly Here (2015)
Acrylic painting by Julie Arbuckle


  • Acrylic painting, Other
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 12.2 × 12.2 × 1.57 in / 12.2 × 12.2 in (actual image size)
  • Signed on the back

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Julie Arbuckle

United Kingdom

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“I Think Clearly Here” acrylic and ground mica schist on slate roof tile

Each slate painting emerges from the unique surface texture of the slate – I work with the natural grain of the rock to define and influence what the resulting painting depicts.

The slates are sourced from around Scotland – many are from dilapidated farm buildings, some have been given to me by friends. It’s amazing how many old slate tiles are lying around when you start looking for them! I trim the slate to an appropriate size using a slater’s axe and clean any moss off them. Many still have a worn hole in them for the roofer’s nail; I like these as they remind me what the slate was originally used as.

The slate fixed to a handmade wooden mount finished in bright white.

These are fairly heavy (around 1.5kg) and will require to be securely fixed to the wall.

Size: 31cm x 31cm x5cm

The title of this piece, “I Think Clearly Here” is taken from Jim Crumley’s “More Reasons for Hills” written at the end of his marvellous book “Gulfs of Blue Air – A Highland Journey” (Mainstream Publishing 1997)

Materials used:

Slate roof tile, acrylics