Hecla & Venus At Dawn, South Uist

HECLA AND VENUS AT DAWN. Oil on board. 30 x 40 cm
30 x 40 cm - Oil on gesso board

Painting details

  • Dimensions: 30 x 40 cm
  • Materials: Oil on gesso board

Landscape Oil Painting of Hecla and Venus at Dawn on South Uist.

Hecla or Thacla is a mountain on the island of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. With a height of 606 metres, it is the second-highest hill on the island. The name Hecla is Norse for “serrated”.

Taking the dogs for an early morning walk down the track of Drimore farm. It was an unusually calm morning with hardly a breath of wind. The mountains and the slowly lightening night sky was reflecting perfectly in one of the numerous bodies of water scattered amongst the Machair grasses. Venus shone brightly. It was not long before Christmas and this image, slightly kitsch as it is just had to be recorded and somehow reminded me of the festive season.

On returning from my walk I made several quick sketches on paper which gave rise to few paintings, partly observed from the farm house and partly remembered. Back in the studio I could not resist painting a Christmas painting. The star and the hope of a bright clear day rising from behind the extraordinarily named “Hecla”. It brings to mind two Goddesses, one Roman and the other Norse.