Uig Open 2020: Re-imagined Online

 

Leo du Feu

Q. What is your interest or connection with the Outer Hebrides?

A. I am a well established Scottish artist – painter, author, speaker, tutor - graduated from ECA 15 years ago and full time self-employed artist ever since. Environment, landscape, wildlife are my motivation and inspiration and Scotland’s islands excite me most of all. I grew up inland near Edinburgh but have been visiting the islands since childhood and now live on the Fife coast with one of the largest islands of the Forth - Inchkeith - visible from our bedroom window. The island I am most familiar with is the Isle of May, positioned where the Firth of Forth joins the North Sea. I spend one to two weeks a year on this seabird island haven. The island is managed by SNH and is home in spring and summer to 50,000 breeding pairs of puffins, to kittiwakes, guillemots, razorbills, terns, shags, gulls and much more. In autumn it’s the pupping site for hundreds of grey seals. I stay in the Bird Observatory and other than wildlife recording duties I sketch and paint from dawn ‘til dusk. I have had lots of one-off trips to Scottish west coast islands including more than a decade ago to Lewis to run two painting sessions for the Lewis Art Club. I’ve stayed on Rum, Jura, Islay, Orkney, Shetland, Skye, Mull and more. I’ve been on a voyage circumnavigating St Kilda and Fair Isle but unfortunately we couldn’t land on either because of huge seas. Apart from my three days on Lewis I had rather neglected the Outer Hebrides until April 2019 when we had a trip to South Uist plus a far too short amount of time on Eriskay, Barra and Vatersay. Such places! It was a wonderful week of wonderful island weather - storm, sun, cool, heat... and birdlife in far greater variety and profusion than I had ever hoped for (birds are a very big thing, both personally and work-wise, including lots of volunteer bird surveys). I managed to get more work done than I’d expected despite having our young son with us. I painted in watercolour outdoors and from life, my preferred and primary way. I have chosen to present these works as a series of three diptychs (two watercolours within each of three frames) to give a sense of the varied nature (and nature!) of the islands and of my journey to/through/across them. I know I will always have my island yearning and will always continue to explore it in and through my art. I love and respect the islands and what they represent and I’m glad to be able to show this to my followers. website - www.leodufeu.co.uk (badly out of date, revamped website due spring 2020) Facebook, Instagram, Twitter - 'Leo du Feu artist' blog - www.landscapeartnaturebirds.blogspot.com

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Hebridean diptych - excavator and waders, wheatear and turbines

 

Hebridean diptych - excavator and waders, wheatear and turbines

watercolour on paper

h: 35 w: 28 d: 3 (cms).

As the title says: an excavator dangling its head above the beach, ringed plover and dunlin barely noticeable among the strand; a wheatear standing proud to a backdrop of turbines.

I have chosen to present the works I am submitting as a series of three diptychs (two small or miniature watercolours within each of three frames) to give a sense of the varied nature (and nature!) of the islands and of my journey to/through/across them.

£475

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Hebridean diptych - cliff and croft

 

Hebridean diptych - cliff and croft

watercolour on paper

h: 35 w: 37 d: 3 (cms).

Jagged cliff pinnacles, shell of a ship, silver bay crofts, hills behind.

I have chosen to present the works I am submitting as a series of three diptychs (two small or miniature watercolours within each of three frames) to give a sense of the varied nature (and nature!) of the islands and of my journey to/through/across them.

£475

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Hebridean diptych - white tail and hill fog

 

Hebridean diptych - white tail and hill fog

watercolour on paper

h: 33 w: 37 d: 3 (cms).

This white-tailed / sea eagle flew right over, close and slow. One of several seen during our time on South Uist and the best by far view I've ever had. It spilled from the hills as mists in the morning.

I have chosen to present the works I am submitting as a series of three diptychs (two small or miniature watercolours within each of three frames) to give a sense of the varied nature (and nature!) of the islands and of my journey to/through/across them.

£475

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