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Timeless

Timeless
Watercolour, 14 x 10 inches

I went for a walk last week in Dunbeath Strath. Through the trees, across the moor, and up onto the hill where an ancient stone stands looking out over endless tracts of wild country. It has been there for thousands of years and probably will be for many generations to come. As I sketched, surrounded by tombs and cairns, I was aware of a connection with the past, as well as a sense almost of timelessness. Hopefully, some of that feeling has found its way into the painting which I made later.

Caithness abounds in ancient remains and it must have had a large population for those days. I read somewhere that the climate then was warmer and drier, so it would have been a pleasant place to live, with fertile soils and good fishing. The Vikings thought so too when they arrived in more recent times.