Wild geese over Castle Eilean Donan

This is my latest painting - oil on canvas 45 x 74 cm. I call it Wild Geese over Eilean Donan.

This is one of Scotland's most famous and most visited castles. Although there has been a clan castle here, just south of Kyle of Lochalsh, since the 6th century, Eilean Donan lay in ruins for the best part of 200 years until Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap bought the island in 1911 and proceeded to restore the castle to its former glory. After 20 years of toil and labour it was re-opened in 1932.Castle Eilean Donan is also today one of  the most photographed and painted subject in the Highlands of Scotland.

For some years I tried to find an aspect that's different, one that is not simply a replication what was and is. So my painting is as much about the flight of wild geese as it is about the sunset or the big sky or the sea-loch itself, or even the castle.

The painting currently hangs above the fireplace in Kirkhill House. When I come to think about it, the picture is also about the peace and quiet stillness of this, our adopted homeland. And it is a soft reminder that the saying, 'only Man is vile', does not always and of necessity have to be true.

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