Elizabeth Blackadder, ‘Early Snow, Gala Water’, 1965, The Scottish Gallery

Early Snow, Gala Water is the second of a group of works by Dame Elizabeth Blackadder which encapsulate her subtlety, range and originality. The spirit of Gillies seems palpable here, it is a location he painted many times and the two painters share the ability to see a subject where others would drive by oblivious: the high horizon, fall of the land, detail in the middle ground, all deliciously short of topographical representation; the relationship between the masses of field, hill, sky and snow are in perfect balance, the whole suffused with an ethereal, autumnal light.

Signature: signed and dated lower right

Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, Edinburgh, c.1965

Private collection, Scottish Borders

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