Scene by Two: paintings by Amy Marshall & Tracy Levine, Flaubert Gallery, Edinburgh

The clever title of this duo exhibition has a double meaning, Scenes by two artists, and scenes of similar places around the Scottish Islands as seen by Amy Marshall and Tracy Levine.

Amy Marshall specialises in painting the natural unspoilt beauty of our landscape, such as the vast skies and changing weather which sweep over wide empty beaches. As she explains “ I love the challenge of trying to capture the sky during a break in a storm, when great lumps of cloud are breaking apart … and the light on the land keeps shifting and changing.”

Morning East Coast, Amy Marshall

Morning East Coast, Amy Marshall

That challenge to capture the world she sees is beautifully handled, often in soft, luminous pastel oils. “Morning, East Coast” reflects the tranquillity of the scene, shards of an amber dawn through the clouds, a rippling sea turning on the tide across the wet sandy beach.

Looking at the panoramic seascape, “White Sands of North Wick, Papa Westray”, you can almost sense the summer breeze in the air.

White Sands of North Wick, Amy Marshall

White Sands of North Wick, Amy Marshall

Tracy Levine works from her studio in the South Lakes, Cumbria, but frequently visits the north west of Scotland and Outer Hebrides, inspired by the wild coastline, the ebb and flow of river and sea.

Like Amy, she works “en plein air” – drawing outside within th open landscape, with the final painting carefully crafted in her studio. “ To experience this beautiful landscape is something I never take for granted and for which I always feel extremely privileged.” 

A Day on Iona, Tracy Levine

A Day on Iona, Tracy Levine

Levine works with acrylic and mixed media, featuring a rich array of colour to enhance the natural scenic view of sea, sky, heather and rock. “A Day in Iona” is a stunning seascape, its rough sketchy outline, splattered with complex shades, contrasting bold purple and turquoise against the pale golden sand beneath the grey clouds.

There’s more of an abstract quality to “Far Iona” as if sketched rapidly, to catch the immediacy of the moment, perhaps before a rain storm. It’s well constructed, the eye is both drawn to the distant horizon and also to white meadow flowers and pink poppies along the grassy shore.

Far Iona, Tracy Levine

Far Iona, Tracy Levine

The magical atmosphere on Iona – a place of ancient spirituality – was of course, much beloved by the Scottish Colourists, Peploe and Cadell. And continues to entice contemporary artists back again and again.

Amy and Tracy also show here a few of their colourful, sunny landscapes from travels in Languedoc, France, the Alps and Andes.

Atlantic Coast 3, Tracy Levine

Atlantic Coast 3, Tracy Levine

Walking around the exhibition, you are taken on a journey to these wild, romantic islands and distant shores from “Atlantic Coast” to “ Big Cloud over Coll and Tiree.”  Such subtle shades and shadows between land, ocean and sky, flickering shafts of sunlight, and darkening clouds over shimmering waves of water.

Big Cloud over Coll, Amy Marshall

Big Cloud over Coll, Amy Marshall

The light-filled Flaubert Gallery shows off this selection of contrasting, yet complementary, Scottish seascapes well, with the space to stand back and observe the full perspective of each spectacular, scenic view.

Scene by Two: 29 August – 23 September, 2014.

Flaubert Gallery, 74 St. Stephen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5AQ


About vivdevlin

I am an international travel writer, specialising in luxury travel, hotels, restaurants, city guides, cruises, islands, train and literary-inspired journeys. I review dance and theatre, Arts Festivals and love the visual arts. I have just experienced an epic voyage, circumnavigating the globe, following in the wake of Captain Cook, Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson.

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