Two wintery paintings in the small works show at The Whitehouse Gallery in Kircudbright are called Hiemal – old Norse for ‘home’. Winter at 59 degrees north can be long and dark, these two paintings feel chilly as the fresh breeze during a few brief hours of midwinter light.
The Whitehouse Gallery showed my mum’s work so I like having a connection with them. Although I was unable to visit Kircudbright I did manage to get a look around mum’s most recent studio space on an unplanned, storm induced extension to a recent visit south.
It is set up just like she left it.