School Trip to Oban

In November I organised a trip for a mixed group of Undergrad and Postgrad Illustration students from Edinburgh College of Art to the Scottish seaside town of Oban, also known as the ‘Gateway to the Highlands’. The students were given a handful of evidence bags in order to collect artifacts and pieces of the landscape, and were asked to look ‘Behind the Scenes’ while responding to their discoveries. I too made my  way around Oban and did some drawings and later some more acrylic pieces on paper. The scenes show items I saw on some Obaner’s window sills as well as bits of the outside world that were reflected in those same windows. I liked the way that both formed a collage of inside and outside and therefore revealed a lot about the place and the atmosphere. There are windows of people’s homes, sheds, shops, hotels, boats and derelict places.

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This drawing was done at the Scottish Sealife Santuary, located close to Oban, where I took a closer look at Wolf-fish and became both excited and scared by their human-like features.

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And finally a drawing of the sea. It felt wrong to leave the place without at least one.

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