Seeing Sligachan Through Another Artist’s Eyes

Michael Chelsey Johnson sketching at Sligachan on SkyeLast June the water in the river at Sligachan was so low I sat under the new bridge to sketch the old (see:  Being a Troll). Sitting nearby was the USA-based artist Michael Chelsey Johnson, who has now turned his small gouache sketches from Slig in a larger studio painting, described in his blogpost Sligachan: The Story Behind the Painting.

Michael says he decided “to treat it as a picturesque landscape, where there is little indication of man and much of raw nature.” Have a read of Michael’s blogpost to follow his choices and reasons, and see how his painting developed here.

For yet another view of this location through an artist’s eyes, have a look at the paintings of Skye-based plein-air painter David Deamer.

My last studio painting inspired by Sligachan was this one, influenced by sitting here on sunny summer days:

River at Sligachan painting by Marion Boddy-Evans
Rushing. 100x100cm. £795. At Skyeworks Gallery.

One Reply to “Seeing Sligachan Through Another Artist’s Eyes”

  1. Lovely rushing water and thank you for sharing MCJ’s lovely video. For me, Slig is about the landscape from and under the bridge rather than the bridge itself. Memories (and more rocks!!!!)

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