This is the second painting I have made of what is undoubtedly my favourite place in the world (the first, “The Ruin of Dunscaith Castle” is also on this site). If I had to nominate my “happy place” it would be here.
Like Knock Bay, Dunscaith Castle is also on the coast of The Isle of Skye. I first visited it with friends several years ago (hi, Scott and Jenni) but this painting resulted from a return trip late in 2006. On this second visit my wife and I spent most of the morning there, photographing the location and soaking up the atmosphere. I can’t quite describe why it is so special to me but, at a technical level, the rock and the ruin are the perfect motif for the work I am presently interested in producing- it’s an isolated, monolithic formation that has also been modified and inhabited throughout history. In terms of natural beauty it’s an amazing place but I also feel a very strong sense of walking in the footsteps, so to speak, of people long gone, when I’m there- hence the title.
This second painting, unlike the first, is a view from the opposite side of the rock. It’s a little hard to see on the screen but you can make out a small section of the remaining castle masonry on the top left of the rock.