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BLACKHOUSE ON THE ISLE OF LEWIS, Scottish Art, Oil Painting Of Cottage In Scotland, Historical Art, Painting Of A Scottish Home


BLACKHOUSE ON THE ISLE OF LEWIS, Scottish Art, Oil Painting Of Cottage In Scotland, Historical Art, Painting Of A Scottish Home Painting

Marguerite Lloyd

United States

Painting, Oil on Other

Size: 14 W x 11 H x 0.7 D in

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About The Artwork

This oil painting on archival gesso board, 11 x 14 x 5/8 inches, is a depiction of one of the well preserved houses of a "black house" village on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. The people who lived here, from the mid 1800's up until the 1970's were masters of building dry wall. They could put together walls, homes, etc., without using any cement between the stones. Instead they placed the rocks into interlocking positions. They built their homes from stone, thatch, netting, and whatever wood could be found on their rugged, cold and windy island. As many in Scotland still do, they burned peat instead of firewood, since it is in far greater abundance and burns well. The smell of a peat fire burning in the hearth is very distinctive. For some, it is the very scent of home. During the years that this village housed residents, a fire would be kept burning at all times in the central room. The hearth was the heart of the house- providing the heat necessary for cooking, comfort, and life itself. It also had the effect of turning the inside walls and roof of the windowless home a blackish color- hence, the name "black house". A room at one of the end of the house was where livestock was kept to protect them from bad weather in the winter months. This also had the advantage of helping to keep the house warm. The people took very good care of their animals, as their lives depended on each other. The different generations of the family lived together and everyone had their own tasks to perform for the household. The elderly were valued, the children cared for. The feelings of isolation and loneliness- so common in modern societies, must have been felt far less, as everyone had an important role to play and each person was a valued part of the whole. Many of the black houses are in ruins now, but some remain, thanks to the care of historically minded people in Scotland, who value them for the Scottish treasures that they are.

Details & Dimensions

Painting:Oil on Other

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:14 W x 11 H x 0.7 D in

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I’ve always danced to the beat of my own drummer. Ever since childhood I’ve been fascinated by the sea, loved to go to new places, have adventures and create artwork—from my own imagination as well as from life. I think that part of why I love the ocean so much is its movement and its infinite moods and expressions- the way it dances with sunlight and wind! When I'm by the ocean I feel such a deep sense of boundless freedom. Its beauty is never ending. It is powerful, mysterious, and cleansing to the soul to be near. Under the water is a whole new world that beckons to be explored. What light, water, waves, atmosphere, and wind can do together is nothing short of visual magic! I am also a professional dancer. To me, the ocean is the ultimate dancer of the elemental world. I am in love with the British Isles and Ireland, too—the people, the coasts, the folklore and Celtic music. I bring back stories from my travels and tell them in paint. I want to embrace, live, and share the magic of these wonderful places. I hope that when someone buys a painting from me and hangs it on their wall, that they too will be filled with that same sense of wonder and love that I felt being there. I’ve chosen to work in oil paint as opposed to other mediums because of their longevity and versatility. I want my paintings to last and be treasured for many years to come. Therefore all paintings have been painted using only professional quality oil paints and archival quality canvasses. It is a great honor and pleasure to share my work with you. Marguerite lives with her menagerie of 4 cats and 2 Shetland Sheepdogs- Angus and MacGregor.

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