Thursday, February 26, 2015

Golspie and the Moray Firth

"Golspie Pier" - watercolour - 15 x 36 cm

A view from the beach at Golspie on the east coast of Sutherland. The coastline in the distance is Morayshire, on the other side of the Moray Firth. The rolling hills there are so different from the mountains of Sutherland, and the stretch of water is so big, that sometimes it feels like looking across to a different country.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Quarry Buildings

"Old Quarry Workings, Dirlot" - watercolour - 16 x 26 cm


Usually I find old buildings more interesting than modern ones: they seem to sit more naturally in the landscape, and they have a sense of history about them. These concrete quarry buildings are probably only about 50 years old. They're not used any more, and I suppose they are beginning to acquire a patina of age, but I think it was all the different angles and shadows that attracted me to this subject.


Monday, February 2, 2015

Winter Light

"Snow and Winter Light" - watercolour - 13 x 19 cm

I love the soft skies that we get at this time of year. With the sun low in the sky and setting in the south-west, it throws warm light onto the clouds behind Morven. When the hills are covered with snow as well, there are some dramatic subjects.

Having been laid low with a cold for a week, this was a nice little piece to get back into my rhythm again.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sand Dunes at Dunnet Bay

"Sand Dunes at Dunnet Bay" - watercolour - 25 x 36 cm

Dunnet Bay is a wonderful area for scenery and nature. Two miles of broad beach are backed by a system of high sand dunes. Some parts of the dunes are stabilised by marram grass, while others are areas of shifting sand. Behind the dunes the sand has been blown far inland, covering the peat, and forming a distinctive habitat, which is protected as the Dunnet Links National Nature Reserve.


Monday, January 5, 2015

Halkirk

"Old Cottage in Halkirk" - watercolour - 16 x 26 cm

 
Halkirk is the nearest village in my local area. Most of it was created in the 19th Century, around a bridge on the River Thurso. It was laid out on a grid pattern of houses, with individual plots of land. Many of the original houses have been replaced or modernised, but there are still a few old cottages, which make it possible to imagine how the village would have looked originally.