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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 7, Number 3, September 2013

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Noragh Jones
Aberystwyth, Wales


Hebridean Lochs
Paintings by Sandra Kennedy

In these Atlantic edgelands lochs and peat bogs seep into one another. Jigsaws of earth and water form and fragment in the changing northern light. Wind racing clouds darken cobalt to purple as she paints. Gorse glows gold and fades and glows again. Beyond the lapping and rippling of the loch she hears the hoarse Atlantic roar.

suck and surge—pebbles
grind in the undertow’s
slack and slap

Loading her brush with thick dripping colours, she sets about transforming this shape shifting waterscape into fantasies of paradise. Losing herself in the looking, she scribbles semiquavers of wind and wave over translucent planes of viridian and cobalt, cadmium red and raw sienna.

The day darkens and she wonders has she done it this time? How to convey in paint the music of her beloved South Lochs—breezes bending the rushes, water lilies whispering, the million year silence of Lewisian gneiss?

liminal light
bull frogs bellow
their courtship songs

As the orange ball of the sun slips into the Atlantic she packs up in a mayhem of midges.

rainbow trout leaps
in the mirrored loch
a rippling grace note

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