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Canisp

Canisp from the Road to Suileag Bothy
Watercolour
25.5 x 35.5 cm

This was painted after a recent trip to Lochinver. The village is the largest settlement in Assynt, in Sutherland. There is some wonderful wild country around there with some good walking routes. Suilven is the mountain which dominates the area with its dramatic shape, but it's not really all that high, at 731 metres, Canisp is more than a hundred metres higher. One of the routes into the hills goes past Suileag Bothy, one of many shelters in the Highlands which are maintained by land-owners or the Mountain Bothies Association.


 Suilven


Suilven
Suilven


Canisp


Canisp and Suilven


Suileag Bothy



Comments

  1. Wonderful, ... your story and off course your watercolor (aquarelle) as well. It's seems that you are getting more and more convinced with this medium, ...

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  2. Thanks René. I have good times and bad, but I enjoy the challenge.

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  3. This piece is a beauty, Keith. Love the 'whites that you have left.
    Really enjoyed the photos as well.

    Stay well.

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  4. Lovely crisp painting Keith. You've caught the clear light just right. I'm surprised at the photos I thought there would be more snow left than there is. We have just had another load dumped on us this weekend and the moors around here are white again!

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  5. Hi Keith!..... Canisp... and crisp! A beautiful,lively rendering here! I love the foreground road and ruts in shadow that draw your eye right up to that brilliant whiteness of Canisp!

    The photographic elements and commentary makes one feel that they are along for the foray!

    Wonderful work!
    Regards and good painting!
    Bruce

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  6. wow what a drama!
    easely your best painting yet...

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  7. Hi Frank. Thanks for the comments and I'm glad you enjoyed the photos.

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  8. Thanks Stuart. We seem to have missed the worst of the snow up here. It's been cold at times, but nowhere near as bad as further south. Everything's white again at the moment though.

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  9. Hi Bruce. This was one of those that almost seemed to paint itself at times. True inspiration makes such a difference doesn't it?

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  10. Thanks Rob. I think you could be right.

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  11. Beautiful. And I adore the photo of Suileag Bothy. Will you be including it in an upcoming painting?

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  12. Phenomenal painting. Composition, everything.
    Thanks again for the photos. After looking at them though, it looks like some pretty rugged country to have to haul painting gear through. I am not quite sure I am in good enough shape to paint in Scotland! But man, I'd love to find out.

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  13. Thanks PurestGreen. Yes, you've got me thinking about doing a bothy painting now.

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  14. Yes it's watercolour painting country really Kevin - just a lightweight paintbox, a couple of brushes and a few sheets of paper. There's always plenty of water around :D

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  15. I think this is one of my favorites of yours paintings. Really delightful!

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  16. Hi Keith, thought I'd come over and see what you're up to lately. Love this newest one, great light and very dramatic. Glad to see you've survived the Scottish winter. Roll on spring!, Chris

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  17. Hello Chris, nice to hear from you. I'm glad you like the painting.

    I must have a look at what you been up to recently.

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  18. Ahh Keith you are a brave soul - I hardly ever go out West through the Winter. We spend so much time around Assynt in the summer though, can't wait!

    Oh and I've nominated you for a Sunshine Award. Thanks for such a wonderful blog!

    You can collect it here :-D http://nickipaints.blogspot.com/2010/03/award-how-lovely.html

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  19. Thanks Nicki. Assynt must have looked wonderful when it was covered in thick snow, but I don't think it would have been very easy getting there unfortunately.

    Thanks for the Sunshine Award.

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  20. Great painting Keith! This image pulls me in and keeps me there....traveling me back to the far distant peak. Nicely done.

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