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.


Monday, December 22, 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Farm in Snow

"A Farm in Snow" - watercolour - 16 x 26 cm

Winter weather has properly established itself now, with cold winds and snow showers. Watercolour washes are taking a long time to dry, so I have changed to a more direct method of painting. This involves putting down colour at full strength first time, instead of building the painting in layers. Areas of similar tone are allowed to fuse softly at the edges. Of the two methods, 'Direct' and 'Controlled Wash', I think I prefer the speed and brushwork of painting directly. It's not ideal for soft, atmospheric effects, but it works well for subjects like this, where there are strong tonal contrasts and texture.