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Skye Hills from near Morar
© Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture

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Skye Hills from near Morar About 1931

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Travelling around the Scottish Highlands on painting trips in the 1930s, Gillies found watercolour to be the ideal medium for producing quick and atmospheric paintings. Much influenced by organising an exhibition of Edvard Munch’s paintings in Edinburgh in 1931, his landscapes of this period contain an emotional response to the subject matter not previously present in his work. Here, the distinctive rugged outline of the Cullin Hills in the background is set against a patchwork of luminous blues and greens of the sea and sky to suggest changing weather and shifting light conditions. Using the slightest of brushstrokes to suggest waves, ripples and rocks, Gillies was able to painting quickly to capture the essence of the scene and could produce several paintings each day.

Glossary Open


Usually refers to watercolour mixed with white pigment that retains the fluidity of the former but without the transparency. The term body-colour is also used.

Medium/ media

The material from which an artwork is made, e.g. oil paint, bronze, paper. 'Medium' is also used for the liquid element of paint in which a colouring agent is carried. 'Mixed media' is used when an artist combines several different materials in an artwork.


A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.

Gouache, Medium/ media, Watercolour


  • Acc. No. GMA 1833
  • Medium Watercolour and gouache on board
  • Size 37.60 x 55.80 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Dr R.A. Lillie 1977