Light Over The Sea, South Uist

Light Over The Sea - South Uist
33 x 46 cm, Acrylic on canvas.

Painting details

  • Dimensions: 33 x 46 cm
  • Materials: Acrylic on canvas, framed in Oak floating frame.

Landscape painting Looking Over Marshlands Of South Uist Towards the Sea , The Outer Hebrides.

I spent several days on South Uist in The Outer Hebrides where the Machair Plain is constantly evident. These flat marshy grasslands leading up to the coast are scattered with ponds and lochs. Fleeting brightness through the haar. The sea, with very white sand beneath it, appears turquoise.

I return to this subject a few times in different mediums. It is not a place as such but, attempting to capture the essence of this ancient land astonishing colours in the soft watery light. This version is in acrylic on canvas. This is a new medium for me, one I thought I would never embrace but, have enjoyed using.

The land between the mountains and the sea in South Uist is very flat and has the most extensive cultivated machair system in Scotland. It extending the whole length of the island and up to 2 km inland. The area is very diverse in physical form and is extremely rich in plant species. It provides a diverse haven for a variety of wildlife. Up to 45 plant species may be found in one square metre giving the myriad of rich colours.

The Uists support some of the richest tracts of machair, which is formed when wind-blown sand is deposited onto the naturally peaty soils. Over the years, a combination of the mild, wet climate and non-intensive crofting methods have shaped the machair that we see today. Machair is one of the rarest habitats in Europe, found only in the north and west of Britain and Ireland.