Pictish hunting scene by Calgacus

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back in the days before deforestation and widesacle farming had blighted the land, there was a hunter’s paradise of forest and prairie wher the Picts hunted as their fathers had done for millenia. The hunter’s appreciation of form and movement is seen in their stone carvings, which i have rendered here in acrylic paint on wooden board

below is the originals carved into stone by ancient hands


  • margpie
    margpieover 6 years ago

    wow, my instant thought was that these creatures where spirits, really beautiful this painting, The form colours and the movement are fab :)

  • thanks marg, i love that idea of spirits, that feels so in tune with the feeling i get from the carvings, may their spirits roam free forever

    – Calgacus

  • joak
    joakover 6 years ago

    keep it commin mate your doin a great job

  • cheers joak for all your support

    – Calgacus

  • joak
    joakover 6 years ago

    love it pal

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 6 years ago

    brilliant depiction ;))) beautifully done! lvoely work

  • cheers very much dinghy, glad you like it

    – Calgacus

  • Kelly Jacobi
    Kelly Jacobiover 6 years ago

    This painting has such an ethereal feel to it. It’s gorgeous, and I love the visible brushstrokes.

  • thanks again wedge, what inspiring compliments in your poetric summaries

    – Calgacus

    FAIRIEWOMAN1over 6 years ago

    Another mythic vision. I like the way you handled the deer,hounds, and their shadows. This scene reminds me of the opening branch of the Mabinogion.

  • thanks helena, now thats a work i haven’t read for a while, the prince of dyfed as i mind, i am pleased this evokes memories of these ancient tales from a people who shared borders, raged in battles against and found alliances with the Picts in the birthing pangs of this mysterious island britain.

    – Calgacus

  • Soxy Fleming
    Soxy Flemingover 6 years ago

    very dreamlike…what is the actual size? excellent colours and mood

  • thanks SoxyF, dreamlike yes it is, nice word to embelish it, and the actual size is 23×23 inches, and that is the perfect dimensions for capturing the image of a dream according to the reasearch of Carl Jung.

    – Calgacus

  • Stzar
    Stzarover 6 years ago

  • thanks so much Karon, great to see it there with all the great art thats on display : )

    – Calgacus

  • Colin Cartwright
    Colin Cartwrightover 6 years ago

    An excellent painting, Matthew.

    Imaginative use of the rock-carving clouds. I regularly walk in Northumberland, amidst the standing stones and ‘cup and ring’ markings from 6000 years ago, when our ancestors, the hunter gatherers, became the first farmers.

    I also like your interpretation of anmals, as wood carving animals, kept nicely abstract.

  • thanks Colin, i love this historical period also, i have never walked around Northumbria but have seen the pictures and read of it, the dark age period there being a favourite of mine, i shall be over to see your stuff when i am free to browse – thanks

    – Calgacus

  • Donna Huntriss
    Donna Huntrissover 6 years ago

    Wow! I really like this one out of all your portfolio works! What a beautiful scene.

  • thanks donna for appreciating

    – Calgacus

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