A Hebridean Painter30 Nov 2018 - 22 Dec 2018
Frances Macdonald, the chatelaine of Crinan, is many different things to different people. She is the personification of the hotel: independent, elegant, resourceful and characterful. To her many friends she is a warm, reassuring presence for whom resilience is expressed in humour and understanding. As an artist she has quietly emerged as one of the most eloquent observers of the West Coast and its islands. Her oil paintings, invariably made with palette knife, are always true to the time and place and are hard-won - she needs to be there, prey to the vicissitudes of weather (and human failure) to get the kit to the right place and the right time, to let the magic happen.
Included also in this show of new work are a few ‘gems’ garnered on a boat trip with friends in June, starting at Crinan, travelling up the Caledonian Canal, and finishing at Fort Augustus. She painted Ben Nevis from the boat and a romantic, dawn picture at Ardgour as well. A few works also survive from the previous year’s trip to Barra, Vatersay and Eriskay, alongside the familiar treasured views around Crinan.
The Sands from the Machair View details
The Sands from the Machairoil on linenH:127cm W:142cmSoldAnchored off Port Appin, June View details
Anchored off Port Appin, Juneoil on canvasH:41cm W:46cm£2,850The Dun at the North End, Iona View details
The Dun at the North End, Ionaoil on canvasH:41cm W:46cmSoldBluebonnets and Rowans on the Canal Bank, August View details
Bluebonnets and Rowans on the Canal Bank, Augustoil on canvasH:30.5cm W:30.5cmSoldAutumn from my Studio View details
Autumn from my Studiooil on canvasH:25.5cm W:25.5cmSoldBluebell Wood, Poltalloch View details
Bluebell Wood, Poltallochoil on canvasH:25.5cm W:25.5cmSoldSun Catching Reisa an-Sruth, Sound of Jura View details
Sun Catching Reisa an-Sruth, Sound of Juraoil on canvasH:30.5cm W:30.5cmSoldTowards Storm Island, Iona View details
Towards Storm Island, Ionaoil on canvasH:15cm W:20cmSoldTowards the Dorus Mhor from Crinan Slip View details