A few months ago I received an enquiry for a commission painting that was a bit of a buzz for me. Not only because it was of a favourite and very special place for me, The Lost Valley in Glencoe, but it was also for the author and television presenter Simon Reeve who's books and television shows I think are great.
So the first thing to do was to read Simon's new book Step By Step. If anyone has read the book (I can definitely recommend it) you will know there is a chapter on The Lost Valley and that was to be the subject of the painting. Then it was a trip back up to Glencoe to visit the Valley again for a bit of added inspiration, albeit at a slightly brighter time of day than the trip Simon made.
I was then invited along to a night at the Glasgow Pavilion to see Simon give a talk on Step By Step and his last 15 years on travelling. I didn't know what to expect but it was a fantastic show and can thoroughly recommend catching one of the nights on the extended tour early in 2019.
Finally it was time to work on the painting, no time for procrastination, I just had to go for it. I won't go into the background to the trip Simon made and why he made it (it's all in the book) but the brief for the painting was to try and capture a brooding atmosphere but also some light and revelation appearing, no easy task, but something I really like to try and capture in my paintings and I hope that's why I was asked, I have never asked.
Once the painting was finished I then sent some photographs and a quick video (albeit I'm no film maker) to properly show the effects of the paints I use that can slightly change depending on lighting, angle and time of day.
Then it was off to my framer, Elaine from ArtCapture in Greenock, to be put into a 'floating frame'. And she did a wonderful job.
Finally, the finished artwork was presented to Simon on the last night of his 2018 part of his tour.
This painting was a great journey to go on (pardon the pun) and a great buzz to paint, Step By Step.
P.S. short video and another couple of photographs further below.
Thanks for reading,
Arran Sunset is probably my favourite landscape painting of Arran, it is certainly the most popular limited edition art print of this magnificent Scottish island. The painting viewpoint is looking across from the beach down at Seamill on the Ayrshire coast.
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A Moonlit Highland Wood, Glencoe Lochan | Original Scottish paintings and fine art prints from ScotlandRead Now
‘A Moonlit Highland Wood’ - As Halloween approaches I’m fighting the urge to post some of the moodier paintings, but it’s my favourite night of the year and currently not winning that battle! This one was inspired by a Moonlit walk around the Glencoe Lochan a few years ago.
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This is what an X-Large canvas print (100 x 75 cm) looks like 💥. One of the most atmospheric places I’ve ever had the luck to visit! This one is off to the capital. #ringofbrodgar #orkneyart #historicscotland #atmosphericscotland
A recent commissioned painting of a clients cottage on the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond. Quite a battle this one, not just due to the size (5 foot x 4 foot), just always a bit more pressure when it is something so specific... got there in the end though 🕺🏴😊 #commissionscottishpaintings #scottishartists #lochlomondpaintings
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I don’t post every sale but I do love when one of the abstracts pieces goes to a new forever home as I know they are not everyone’s cup of tea. There was a time this was all I painted so it gives an extra wee buzz when they go 😳💥👍 - ‘Sunset Horizon’ is heading off the a new forever wall in sunny Southampton 🌅 #contemporaryart #interiorart #colourfieldpainting #abstraction #theraputicart
I picked up quite a big custom framed limited edition print today of 'Glasgow Necropolis Moonlight'. This size is a bit big for sending due to the glass but they are available in various sizes unframed which you can then take to your local framer if collections is possible. I also have other framed sizes available that are fine for sending and of course canvas prints etc. Drop me an email of click the picture below for more info :)
Well, not really! But I’ve finally decided to start using the ‘blog’ thing on the webpage. And I suppose the best place to start is, well, I’ve completely revamped the webpage. It’s getting a lot of visits per month now, nearly 40,000 👀👀👀. So I thought I should try and at least finally make things a little bit less complicated. Having so many paintings now, a fair few print formats, a whole new body of originals nearing completion ... it can be quite tricky to show all this. I would LOVE your thought on how it’s looking at the moment!!?? And please don’t hold back on any negatives, it all helps :) . Thanks, Kevin.
Scottish Artist Kevin Hunter specialises in atmospheric impressionistic contemporary paintings, prints & art commissions of Scotland and further afield.