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CÒIG SGIATHAN | FIVE WINGS // With Helen Robertson -Kinloch Woods & Leitir Fura – Sleat

The group stop for lunch in the remains of a ruined house. Sandaig on the mainland is in the distance across the sound of Sleat.


Wednesday 11th October  – Kinloch Woods and Leitir Fura – Sleat


After a short introduction at the car park to the group, we set off to walk to the cleared village at Leitir Fura.

The sign post to Leitir Fura and Kinloch


We chatted on route, stopping now and again to look at wild mushrooms and the stunning view and weather over the Sound of Sleat.

The group set off through woodland stoping to look at mushrooms


Once at the village, I sat with my sketchbook and began to sketch, using a stick found from a nearby birch tree, some sphagnum moss and ink.

I showed the group how I go about capturing the essence of the view, working very quickly, as the light changes constantly.

  The artist starts to capture the view using wet moss and a stick dipped in india ink


I described how I was trying to record the dramatic rays of light coming through the clouds and falling in pools on the surface of the water.

This sketch would be used to inform any painting I might later do, back in my studio.

When asked by one of the group whether art can be taught, I took the challenge by helping one of the ladies have a go at the same view.

One of the walkers decides to have a go at a water colour. She is terrified of spoiling the paper!


This particular lady had a “thing” about white sheets of paper and felt it would be destroying its beauty by making marks on it.

The walker doing a quick sketch with a stick develops the piece


However, by the time she had achieved a wonderful sketch, using the sphagnum moss to move the ink about in order to show the rays of light and the stick to show the headland, she was delighted with what she had produced.

The walkers finished work is pretty good and she is delighted


Discussing how and what different people see, led to an interesting conversation about looking, drawing and interpreting the landscape in front of us.

An interesting conversation followed about how we interpret what we see



Tha Seo Math Dhuibh – Good for you

A  partnership project with Aros Centre, Portree


Published on 06 December 2017