Derelict Blackhouse, Berneray

Derelict blackhouse Berneray

There are quite a few old blackhouses on Berneray, many of which are being beautifully restored.  Maybe one day this one will regain its former glory!

TITLE “Derelict Blackhouse, Berneray” Study in Gouache. C Jo Morton 2014

ORIGINAL FOR SALE . Overall (framed) size approx 22.5 cms x 37 cms Passing Place Gallery, Berneray, North Uist. Price: £90 (mounted and framed)
PRINTS This image can be supplied as Limited Edition Prints (20 x), numbered and signed by the artist. Your print can be enlarged to any size you require, but remember to allow for mount and frame margins . Prints can be supplied unmounted, mounted or framed. Various papers are available , or images can even be printed on canvas if preferred. Price from £20. (For Custom sizes p.o.a. ). Please contact the artist for more information.

LETTERCARDS  Cards (about 6″ square) of this design will be available SOON!  Watch this space or Contact the Artist through this website for further information.

CUSTOM PRINTED GREETINGS CARDS This image can be specially printed for YOU as a short run of cards , featuring YOUR OWN TEXT. No order too small. p.o.a. Please contact the artist for further information.

Old croft  buildings are often seen being beautifully restored in these remote and peaceful islands. . A wonderful example is Drover’s Cottage , where I spent several very happy breaks, mostly working on my painting, very productive, I might add!
This ancient building is just behind the Gatliff Hebridean Hostels Trust hostel  on Berneray, itself in two beautifully converted old blackhouses .  Although these have been provided with all mod cons , the job has been done sensitively , so that none of its character has been lost, much to the relief of lovers of the old simple-style hostel option   which used in days past to be offered by the YHA. This painting was carried out in gouache on a glued watercolour paper block – an excellent option in a useful size, invaluable for working ‘en plein air’ in a howling gale!   I use small postcard-size blocks for many of my card designs, and I’ve made a little wallet for them out of several layers of bubble-wrap, so I can sometimes stop worrying about damaging paper edges and dodging imminent rain showers during a painting session perhaps? After undergoing removal  headaches, both of home and studio , I can at last organise my painting practice in a more directly practical manner.  My ‘big, messy, smelly’ work is at last within sight of getting laid out in better order  , with different areas dedicated to different media.   This way I can sometimes look forward to branching into watercolour , for example, without huge hiatus  and interruptions, and likewise ensure that I always have a mini sketch=kit  available when I travel !



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