PAINTING SCOTLAND



As said in the presentation,
I am in love with SCOTLAND.
Not the Scotland as seen by tourists.
Highlands, yes. The Isles, yes.
Whisky and kilts, yes.
BUT there also is another Scotland.
The one I make friends at every steps.
As the following paintings show,
I am particularly fond of
Galloway on one side, Fife on the other.
Because these lands make Scotland History.
But first of all, here is the Solway Firth.
Try to cross the border there!
You will be a hero,
AND WILL BE WELCOMED TO SCOTLAND!

Dès que vous traversez la rivière EDEN,
par l’ouest de l’Angleterre,
cela fleure bon l’Ecosse.
L’EDEN se jette en effet dans le SOLWAY FIRTH,
ici représenté au petit matin,
frontière naturelle et défensive entre l’Angleterre et l’Ecosse!

Tourists would like to see Glenluce Abbey.
Castles and abbeys in ruin and their phantoms.
Many people clashed swords in Galloway.
Picts, Celts, Scots, Romans, Wikings, etc.
The Norse were finally defeated
at the battle of Largs in 1263,
further north to the abbey.
But GlenLuce, a former Cistercian abbaye,
was ordered to be destroyed by John Knox.

L’Abbaye de Glenluce a été construite
par des moines cisterciens vers 1190.
Le calviniste John Knox en ordonna la destruction 350 ans plus tard.
Qui sont les fantômes de l'’Ecosse?



Yes indeed, just like in Brittany,
you will find many cairns and standing stones
all over Scotland, up the the north and the isles
but also especially in Galloway.
My preferred cairn is Cairn Holy I.
It is a wonderful everlasting sundial!

Au sud-ouest de l’Ecosse,
trop peu visité par les touristes,
vous découvrirez des trésors d’archéologie.
Le GALLOWAY a été à la croisée des chemins
de nombreux peuples: Celtes, Grecs, Romains, Vikings ...



Christianism first came to Scotland
through Galloway and Whithorn.
It was St Ninian's mission,
much before the well known St Columba.
Nearby Whithorn,
St Ninian's Cave is fascinating.
One can read Scotland geology.
The fault from Galloway to Fife,
showing the 'old red sandstone'.
But also Human history and Destiny.
I made sandstone more reddish than usual.
Because Christians still shed blood between themselves,
not far away, in Northern Ireland.

Saint Ninia fut le premier pellerin à installer la Chrétienté
en Ecosse, vers 397.
Il établit son église à Whithorn,
toujours dans le GALLOWAY, face à l’Irlande.
Ici, la grotte où il se recueillait,
haut lieu de pélerinage aujourd’hui.




Last but not least,
let us switch to Fife.
Do not tell me the east coast of Scotland is dull.
It is not true.
The Isle of May, but not only, proves it.
On the fore of course, barley.
The one to make the fine Glenrothes whisky!
THE KINGDOM OF FIFE
is on the way to be my heaven! You can go hunting there,
You can go fishing there,
And bask into the sun,
eating strawberries forever!
YES,
I WILL COME BACK SOON TO SCOTLAND!

A l’est et donc à l’opposé du GALLOWAY,
visitez le FIFE, et son magnifique sanctuaire naturel,
l’île de MAY!

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