Lobster Fishing, Mull of Galloway – Watercolour

This small boat was spotted at the foot of the gigantic cliffs at the most south westerly corner of Scotland. Although this painting might suggest a sort of calm scene the boat was heaving up and down in an alarming manner as attempts were made to retrieve the lobster pots. All of the time the swell threatened to dash this small craft against the cliffs and what cliffs. If you ever have the opportunity to visit the Mull of Galloway you will drive over some flattish and remote country then suddenly will be presented with an astonishing view from the lighthouse which nestles at the top of these huge sea cliffs. The view is spectacular and the panorama enormous, the sense of space being mind-boggling. It is possible to see Ireland on a clear day. The horizon fills everything and seems to extend for miles – but only on a day of fair weather. It can get a bit wild here in this exposed part of Scotland.
(Mull can mean many things in our language depending on they way it was translated from the Gaelic. One of our largest Islands is known as the “Island of Mull”, Mull being spelled “Muila” and pronounced “Moola” hence its name “Eilean Muila”. In the case of the Mull of Galloway the Gaelic is “Maol” pronounced “Mull”. This means a rounded summit or hill, a small mountain or, here, a shaved head – which has translated into a bare headland. If you want to learn Gaelic my advice is – don’t! He he. It will drive you nuts).