My latest post on A Picture of Northern Scotland is about Shelter Stone Crag in the Cairngorm Mountains. It is named after a massive boulder that has a large cavity beneath it, providing an overnight shelter for travellers in this remote area.
It's been quite a long time since I've posted anything here, there's just so much to occupy my time on the internet these days. I now have a couple of Google+ collections: "A Picture of Northern Scotland", where I post paintings of landmark locations with a bit of background information, and "Keith Tilley Watercolours", where I post some of my latest work as I produce it. Although I don't like Facebook most people seem to be active there at the moment, so I post there regularly as well and it has led to a few sales.
In the real world, I have been painting more small pieces recently. They are proving to be quite popular, partly I think because they are lower-priced, but also because they make good presents, especially at this time of year. Below are some examples. They are all watercolours and are 13 x 18 cm or 5 x 7 inches.
Watercolour on Fabriano Artistico 300gsm Rough paper
25 x 36 cm
West of Tongue, in Sutherland, there is a large peat bog called The Moine, which stretches all the way over to the next valley. At more-or-less the highest point there is a ruined building, called Moine House, which I have always found very striking. It is a wild and lonely spot and it has a background of dramatic mountains. I assumed that it was an old drovers' inn, but a plaque* on the wall tells the story of how it was erected as a refuge for travellers.