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Atoms of delight

“A burn bubbling over the peaty stones. A single Scots pine, a rocky outcrop, sheep and birds in the distance. I can smell the warmth, and hear the water and the crackle of plants as they dry and expand in the sun…an idyll composed of the many parts that make my love for this rough border country so deep.”

I love those words. I love the sense of longing, and belonging, that they convey. Sometimes the strength of feeling we have for places can surprise us: feelings that can quite literally take our breath away. It can be in our own back garden or among the soaring mountains of the north: those moments when the sight of a tiny flower or a snow-capped hill move us in a way that can be hard to explain. Yet they are moments that remind us just how profoundly we are connected to the natural world around us: how deeply rooted our identities are in the history and culture of the country we call home.

We all too often forget to stop and look around and take in the beauty, the wonder, the astonishing uniqueness of the things that are right there in front of us

Yet how easy it can be to lose that connection. Life is so busy. We’re always in a hurry. Dashing from one thing to another. Rushing to be somewhere else. So much so, that we all too often forget to stop and look around and take in the beauty, the wonder, the astonishing uniqueness of the things that are right there in front of us. Perhaps this is why artists can do us such great service by reminding us to slow down, to take the time to stop and look, really look, and re-discover the ‘atom of delight’ in the humblest of things. Through their paintings they enable us to see the beauty and unexpected magic in even the most familiar of objects: saying to us ‘Look! Look again and see!’

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iScot Magazine August 2018 issue is a colourful 124 page glossy magazine, choc full of the best crack from Scotland. Voted July 2018 as the best of the best World Cup of Magazines by Pocketmags readers. #MonTheIScot