Dun Studio.

John Bathgate. Contemporary Scottish Paintings.

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I work from my studio at Roskhill, just south of Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye, attracted here in 1992 by a love of the rugged, wilder country of Scotland's north west, which inspires much of my work.

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The view from the studio window at Roskhill.

After joining "The Lothians Group of Artists" in 1979, I started exhibiting in and around Edinburgh and established my first working studio in Haddington, East Lothian.I have been working as a full time artist ever since, exhibiting in group and one-man shows throughout Scotland, having also had work hung and sold in the RSW exhibition in Edinburgh.I now show work from Inverness in the North to Eton in the south, as well as selling at the studio at Roskhill.Julian Halsby and Paul Harris have now included me in the new version of the "Dictionary of Scottish Painters,1600 to the Present",published in 2010.
Now in the north west of Skye, I look out on Loch Bracadale, with views south to Rum and Canna, the Cuillins and west to MacLeods Tables. The quality of light here and the constantly changing weather provide all the inspiration for many of the paintings produced.
With the Roskhill studio now established and new limited edition Giclee prints produced, I am looking forward to a productive time.

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These three images are from the landscape around the house and Dun Studio.

I work in various media and like to explore ways of applying paint and collage to create interpretations of the elements that shape the Scottish landscape. Waterbased media allow everything from thin layered washes, to thickly applied acrylic, with collage integrated into the paint. Work in oils has again begun to feature and some very effective images are produced with the use of collage alone.
Most of my ideas are gleaned from walking in the landscape, recording details in sketchbooks, drawing in pencil and watercolour crayons to make a loose washy account of my ramblings

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Watercolour crayons and pencil, quick, light to carry and very adaptable for outdoor work.

It may be a panoramic view, or a cluster of trees and houses. Often, it is smaller details, like drystone dykes or a tangle of seaweed on rocks. Back in the studio I can concentrate on the paintings, without the difficulty of the elements, a necessity in a Highland environment. On occasions, some images arrive on their own, with no preliminary drawings. At times, when an accumulation of work starts a flow of ideas, paintings build into a series. I like to have an open mind and try any new ideas that come my way. I am always learning

Ard Roag video clip shows the area that the studio is situated in. The clip will play in the "Quicktime Player", which can be downloaded from "Apple" by clicking on the link above.You may have it already.
A little patience may be required to load the video, especially if you have a slow internet connection.(1.71MB)

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