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Outer Hebrides – artist inner heaven by Aska Marzec

On the 4th of August, I set off to the Outer Hebrides for 10 days. My trip to the Isles of Lewis and Harris was very special, leaving me in awe of nature, of God, and of creation. I was embarking on a journey which I knew had been very inspiring for many people before…

Aska Marzec travels to Outer Hebrides to help keep the Church buildings open on Mull

Artist travels to Outer Hebrides to help keep the Church buildings open on Mull

My name is Aska Marzec. I have lived and painted Scottish landscapes for 16 years now on the stunning Isle of Mull. My dream is to see and paint other Scottish Islands also.  Last year I hired a bike and a buggy for my tent. Cycled from Barra to North Uist in September. Stayed and…

Mull and Iona Arts Trail Open Studios 2023 map

Mull and Iona Arts Trail Open Studios 2023

Mull and Iona Arts Trail Open Studios 2023 event is taking place for the first time over the Easter weekend Friday 7th to Monday the 10th. All over Mull and Iona. For the first time, over 50 artists on Mull and Iona invite visitors and residents to see their artwork in 25 venues all over…

Outer Hebrides camping by Aska

Unusual welcome coming back to Mull

DAY 6 As much as I wanted to explore the Outer Hebrides more, it was time to come back. The mist and the midges hadn’t left that day until late morning. Remember the taxi driver John. He kindly came to give me a lift back to Eriskay. We set off after securely attaching the bike…

Causeway Outer Hebrides

Wet and misty but welcoming Benbecula

DAY 5 I especially liked the Otter’s Edge Campground because it had a Communal kitchen with comfy chairs where I could sit reading even though it was dark outside. I met another Polish girl who was walking the whole Hebridean Way (that’s 2 weeks). She chose to walk it North to South. This means wind…

Outer Hebrides by bike and tent Aska

The flat plains of South Uist

DAY 4 Next morning the weather looked promising although still windy. However southerly wind when cycling north starting from the Isle of Barra is good news. Sad to leave this remote spot, I’ve taken the last walk along a windswept beach. Outer Hebrides are famous for machair, a fertile low-lying grassy plain. It begins to…

Isle of Eriskay painting by Aska

Askernish golf course and beach

DAY 3 This wasn’t the next official camping site along the Hebridean Way but a life-saving spot for me. A short detour off the main road and I discover a stunning stretch of South Uist coastline. What turned out to be the best location with a view, the best spot for doing some pleinair painting…

Isle of Barra airport

Cycle for the ferry to Eriskay

DAY 2 Cycle for the ferry to Eriskay The landscape of Barra has proven a little more hilly than I’d imagined with houses scattered in between. I always wanted to see the Hebridean houses with red roofs. To my joy, I found those while cycling to the northwest side of Barra towards the Barra airport.…

Outer Hebrides by bike and tent

Outer Hebrides, bicycle and a tent

This cycle isn’t going to be the one of a professional cyclist aiming to finish the whole Hebridean Way in 2,3 days time. My aim is to explore the Islands landscape, do watercolour sketches and observe how the landscape is changing. Timescale 3-10/09/2021 Fairly soon I become aware of how far I can cycle in…

Skyscrapers Warsaw

SPRING 2021 – time when traveling felt like a new experience

You haven’t heard from me for a while now. A lot has changed since my last blog back in January. It seems like a long year dictated by Covid 19. SPRING 2021 is nearly ending. Relatively dry spring with decent number of sunny days. Our tomato plants, replanted into bigger pots, seem to be well…

Tobermory winter 2021

January bright blues 2021 on the isle of mull

Winter differ to summer on Mull While in the summer season the island is bustling with commotion, winter peaceful and tranquil. The island is quiet, visitors leave and it’s possible to hear “complete silence”. Immerse yourself in the stunning vast landscape. You can see more photos of Tobermory in a winter in my Facebook page…

Scottish-Island-Art-at-The-Brick-Lane-Gallery-exhibition.

Rich to be famous?

I am going to share some news with you both exciting and controversial at the same time. First hand news of Scottish Island Art experience of the art world as we perceive it today. Or as I thought I was. The exciting news is that I have been asked by one of the galleries in…