Monday, August 18, 2014

Syre Church, a Tin Tabernacle

"Syre Church" - watercolour - 16 x 26 cm

Syre Church, a small church in Strathnaver. It was built in the late 19th Century by the Free Church, a group which broke away from the established church in protest against the control of rich landowners.

The building is of a type known as “tin tabernacles”. These were pre-fabricated structures, made of corrugated iron. They were quick and easy to construct and were often used by non-conformists. They also make attractive subjects for artists!


Friday, August 8, 2014

Recent Sales

Thanks to everyone who purchased my paintings at The Castle of Mey and recent art shows, and to regular customers on their annual visit to the area.

Here are some of the paintings that have now gone to new homes.


"Loch More in Winter's Grip" - watercolour - 16 x 26 cm

"Maiden Pap" - watercolour - 16 x 26 cm

"Low-tide at Wester Haven" - watercolour - 16 x 26 cm

"Thulachan, Strathmore" - watercolour - 16 x 26 cm

"Sunshine and Rough Sea at Dounreay" - watercolour - 16 x 26 cm

"Along the River at Westerdale" - watercolour - 24 x 36 cm

"A Flow Country Bothy, Shurrery" - watercolour - 24 x 36 cm


"Scrabster Lighthouse" - watercolour - 24 x 36 cm

"The Old Man of Stoer" - watercolour - 24 x 36 cm


Friday, July 25, 2014

Scotscalder Station

"Into the Sunset" - watercolour - 16 x 26 cm

This view is from my nearest railway station at Scotscalder. It's unmanned, and if you want to catch a train here, you have to hold out your hand to tell the driver to stop. The journey south to Inverness takes three and a half hours, and winds in and out around the mountains and estuaries.
I think the little building in the view is probably a line-man's hut, like another one that I painted recently.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Below the Castle of Mey

"The Castle of Mey from Wester Haven" - watercolour - 13 x 18 cm

This is an unusual view of the Castle of Mey, from the harbour of Wester Haven, which has featured in a couple of my recent posts, here and here. The misty effect beyond the rocks was caused by smoke that was drifting across from a fire. I thought it was a useful device for breaking up the strong horizontal of the distant shoreline.

The Great Herdsman

"Buachaille Etive Mòr" - watercolour - 25 x 36 cm

This mountain stands at the entrance to Glencoe and at the head of Glen Etive. It looks out over the vast expanse of Rannoch Moor and dominates the view for miles. It is a well-known landmark to anyone travelling north on the road to Fort William. The name, Buachaille Etive Mòr, means "The Great Herdsman of Etive", and it has a sister peak called Buachaille Etive Beag, or "The Little Herdsman of Etive".