I will be showing work at the Flow Country Arts exhibition in The Norseman Hotel, Wick on 14th, 15th and 16th November. I thought I would try some very small paintings this time. Maybe they will be more affordable, and might be a nice size and price for Christmas presents!
"Herring Boats" - watercolour - 13 x 18 cm
"A Breaking Wave" - watercolour - 13 x 18 cm
"Sunset on Reiss Sands" - watercolour - 13 x 18 cm
"Sunlight and Grey Sky" - watercolour - 13 x 18 cm
One of my favourite places in
Caithness is Dunbeath Strath. It has such a variety of landscapes,
from the broadleaved woodland of the lower section to the treeless
moorland higher up. This view is from that open country, looking down
on the deep gorge below.
"A Moorland Gorge, Dunbeath" - watercolour - 24 x 36 cm
The river has been dammed here to
create a pool for fishing.
"Refelctions, Dunbeath Strath" - acrylic - 20 x 25 cm
Further down the gorge becomes
deeper and narrower at a point called 'Prisoner's Leap'. There is a
legend that a man was told that he would be set free if he could jump
over the gap, on the assumption that he would fall to his death.
Incredibly, he is said to have succeeded and thus gained his freedom.
"Prisoner's Leap, Dunbeath Strath" - watercolour - 35 x 25 cm
The lower part of the strath is
more gentle in character, from the old coaching inn at Milton to the
point where the river runs into the sea at the village of Dunbeath.
"The Old Milton Inn, Dunbeath Strath" - watercolour - 24 x 36 cm
"Thulachan, Strathmore" - watercolour - 16 x 26 cm
Thulachan is another of the many old dwellings scattered throughout the Flow Country. Originally it would have been a croft-house, and later it was used as a shooting lodge. Probably few people visit it now except for occasional fishermen and walkers seeking shelter.
This is one of the paintings in my exhibition, "The Highlands and Beyond", at Northlands Creative Glass, Lybster, 21st October - 8th November.
"Sunlight on Ben Loyal" - watercolour - 16 x 26 cm
I drove over to Tongue, in
Sutherland, today to deliver paintings to an exhibition at the Ben
Loyal Hotel. I always enjoy that journey, especially the bit where
you emerge from trees above the village to see this view of Ben
Loyal. It seems such a shapely mountain and its position, at the
head of the Kyle of Tongue, makes it seem much bigger than it really