Ivor MacKay • Hebridean Art

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painting with the light of the north

  picture by Ivor MacKay

Callanish Snow Scene, Study 2
Calanais, Isle of Lewis
acrylic on canvas, 8″ × 8″
print available

An artist often returns to a composition they have really enjoyed, and this painting is one such.  The Calanais Stones on the West Side of Lewis are a magnet for every visitor.  Part of their mystery is that no-one really knows why they were erected four thousand years ago or how.  In this scene in December all is quiet.  The sky is dark and laden with more snow.  The light reflecting on the stones in late afternoon almost made them appear yellow in colour.

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