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Duncan MacDonald Johnson
From the Sound of Arisaig, Winter Storm
Original Landscape Painting
Watercolour Paint on Paper
Image Size: H 56cm x W 76cm
Mounted Size: H 73cm x W 94cm x D 0.5cm
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From the Sound of Arisaig, Winter Storm is an original painting by Duncan MacDonald Johnson. The work is from the furthest Westerly point in mainland Britain. Arisaig is a village in Lochaber, Inverness-shire, on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, within the Rough Bounds. It is also the traditional name for the part of the surrounding peninsula south of Loch Morar extending as far east as Moidart, It was painted in early December as the first Winter snow was falling. I worked from a rocky beach looking along the coastline, inspired by the dark peaks above me.
My art represents an attempt to capture an experience of the landscape of Wales, The Western Highlands of Scotland and Shropshire. Rather than trying to create a photographic sense of realism, I hope to communicate something about the spirit of a place, drawing inspiration from its sounds and smells, its atmosphere, and the feelings it provokes. My painting seems to me inseparable from my sense of belonging in the landscape. I will often return many times to a location to paint it, getting to know it more deeply as I do so. I feel that this way of working helps to infuse the paintings with a consciousness of the passing of time and season. Having said that, I do not wish to reflect an idealised view of the landscape, rather, I aim for a truthful balance between ‘wild’ nature and the immense and ever-changing impact of human activity on the land.
Above all, my work is a series of responses to the landscape, encountered in solitude. I find that isolation and the feeling of vulnerability, or even fear, that comes with it, can help attune the senses and intensify awareness in a way that is artistically productive. These experiences are central to my painting; even my choice of colour is often a way of conveying my emotional response to a place.
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Size: H:56 cm x W:76 cm