I started on Sunday with a couple of sketches. I drove up the Bealach road, not too far, just high enough to get a good view of the ridge. And then found a space where I could pull off the road safely. I walked up the hill a bit and did these two sketches in pastel. I particularly liked the bright yellow grasses bending in the fierce wind and looking bright in front of the hills behind.
Since then I've tried to develop these into paintings. Making a start on the first sketch, I paused at this point
In this development, I've adjusted the height of the ridge and softened the dark patch on the right hand side - I didn't think it looked appropriate. But the shape of the hill on the left has got worse! I was also a bit unhappy with the colour - looked a bit washed out! More work needed.
Painting the other view has been less successful. Here's the start - very loose and rather nice.
Does it feel like a hillside to you? I think it's getting there, but those rocks are bad! Maybe I just need to darken them down. Or maybe dispense with them! I'm quite liking the sky, though, and the hilltops, so I think it's worth a bit more effort next week.
And maybe some more sketching tomorrow if we get a blink of sun...