Every time I go to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, I make sure I spend some time with my favourite painting. I sit on a step in front of it since it is tucked in a stairwell. This particular Loose Ends link came from the Charles Rennie Mackintosh statue in Anderston. There is a Rennie Mackintosh section in Kelvingrove and that took me to this painting. It is a beach scene with waves cracking over the shore. The Paps of Jura, hills on that particular island, are in the background. I should explain for non-Scottish readers that paps are breasts. There are quite a few so-named hills in Scotland.
As I sat down in front of the painting this time a girl was walking down the stairs taking a selfie rather than looking at the art. A selfie might be art but there’s a whole lot of art around in Kelvingrove without having to make your own. It was a bit loud that day, though, with my fingers in my ears as it felt like being in a swimming pool with the drowned acoustics plus of course that organ. I know it is a popular feature of Kelvingrove but I absolutely loathe it. Anyway, I imagined myself on that beach in Kintyre, hearing waves and the call of seabirds, and that made it all feel a bit better.
The obvious connection for next time would be to actually go to Jura or Westport Beach, where the painting was created. I’m not sure how I could make that happen but we’ll see. If that isn’t doable, anywhere with a McTaggart painting would work, Kirkcaldy or the National Gallery in Edinburgh, to give just two examples. Neither would be a problem in the slightest, McTaggart’s paintings having a great effect wherever I find them.
Thank you for reading. Another Loose Ends adventure follows a week on Sunday.