Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Dunnet Forest

"A Walk in Dunnet Forest" - watercolour - 16 x 26 cm

Dunnet Forest is one of the few areas of mixed woodland in Caithness. It was originally a commercial conifer plantation, but it was purchased by Scottish Natural Heritage and is now managed as a community woodland. The Dunnet Forest Trust has done a lot of work, clearing areas of fallen trees and replanting with native species. They have also created an extensive network of paths and it's possible to walk quite a long way, and even get a bit lost! With all the open space in the county, it makes a nice change to experience a woodland setting, with all its sounds and smells.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Grasping the Moment

"Rocks and Trees, Dunbeath Strath" - watercolour - 25 x 36 cm

When I made a sketch of this place, high up Dunbeath Strath, my main impression was one of wildness and tranquillity. Admittedly, there were sheep grazing nearby, and there was a man-made fishing pool in the river below, but these didn't impact much on the sense of isolation. Imagine my surprise on my next visit when I found that a large log cabin had been built there. It appears to be a shelter for fishing parties from the estate that owns the land.

I'm glad that I took the opportunity to make a few sketches of the area as it was when it still seemed wild and remote.

Bothy in Dunbeath Strath

Monday, March 30, 2015

Borgie Falls

"Borgie Falls" - watercolour - 25 x 36 cm

Borgie Falls will be well-known to people who fish on the River Borgie, in Northern Sutherland. It must be exciting to see the salmon, leaping up the waterfall to reach their spawning grounds higher up the river.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Loch Loyal Boathouse

"Boathouse on Loch Loyal" - watercolour - 16 x 26 cm

Most of the larger lochs in this area have a boathouse, for storing fishing boats and equipment. This lovely one on Loch Loyal is unusual in having a turf roof.

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.