Callanish is a prehistoric site on Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. It was probably used as a kind of temple doubling up as a calendar to track the movements of the heavenly bodies, especially the long and wandering cycle of the moon. This painting was made on-site in front of the subject.
The weather changes minute by minute in the Outer Hebrides, hence the subtitle, ‘the sky moves sideways’, which is a reference to a song by the band Porcupine Tree.
When you visit the University of Oxford’s Natural History Museum its a job to know where to look - at the marvellous exhibits? Or at the magnificent architecture? In this painting you'll spot a dodo, some dinosaur footprints, the swifts that nest in the tower, a dinosaur skeleton and so much more! My favourite bit is the frog in the jar. What's your's? The title comes from Charles Darwin's book 'The Origin of Species' in which he wrote of his theory of evolution by natural selection: "There is grandeur in this view of life..." The print is last one of a limited edition (of 4) hand-made drypoint tinted with watercolour - 450mm x 700mm.