Thursday, February 28, 2008

Battling the Elements

I had quite a battle with this one - 50 mph winds and frequent blustery showers.
I managed to find a bit of shelter under a low cliff, and worked on a small watercolour block on my knee. Even so, it was difficult to hold the brush steady against the wind.

Onshore Wind, Crosskirk Bay
Watercolour, 7 x 10 inches

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Big Rollers at Dounreay

I was painting near Dounreay Nuclear Power Station the other day and there were some big waves. Every so often two or three very big ones would come in, with foaming crests and wind-blown spray.
It was a challenging subject and I could only do it by carefully watching for a while, and then quickly getting an impression down on the paper.
Looking at the finished painting, it occurs to me that something profound could probably be said about the contrast between the power of Nature, in the foreground, and the man-made power behind.

Big Rollers at DounreayWatercolour, 10 x 14 inches