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I was exploring the area beyond Loch Caluim, recently, and I spent a night camping beside the loch. The weather was calm and dry and there was a feeling of complete tranquillity. I woke early to the sounds of ducks on the water and a Red Grouse clucking somewhere close-by. I lay there for a while, listening to the day come alive and watching the sky get lighter, then I noticed the first rays of sunlight catching the hills in the distance. It would have been nice to have sketched the scene, but the inevitable midges would have made that a far from tranquil experience! Instead I took a quick photograph and then retreated into the tent, behind the netting door.

This is the painting I made later, at home, to try to convey my feelings on that morning.

 Tranquillity, Loch Caluim
25 x 36 cm


  1. Great painting. I like the way you have handled the water very simply.

  2. Hi Keith!

    "Earth!...This is Tranquility Base"!... and indeed it is Keith.

    A part of our mission as artists is to convey the magnificent beauty of the world we are blessed to be alive in.

    "You" have accomplished this so very admirably Keith... despite the fact that those wretched midges deprived you of the on site painting experience.

    "You" certainly carried back those moments "watching the day come alive" forcefully... and yet paradoxically... with much tranquility.

    Well done Keith!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,

  3. Thanks Stuart. There really wasn't any other way to do the water: there was barely a ripple on the surface.

  4. "A part of our mission as artists is to convey the magnificent beauty of the world we are blessed to be alive in."

    I agree Bruce, and when we have directly experienced that beauty for ourselves, with all our senses, we are likely to produce our best work.

    All the best,

  5. Lovely painting Keith, I am sorry that you couldn't paint on location. I often read the blogs from our American friends who are out painting from dawn to dusk without the fear of those dreaded midges! hopefully when the cooler weather arrives you will be able to paint on location. I am off sketching trees in Deeside for four days at the end of this month so there had better not be any of those midges about!!
    Your painting is so fresh looking and you have captured the Tranqulity so well too.

  6. Thanks Caroline. That's one good thing about the winter weather.

    I'm going down to Deeside in October as well, so I hope the trees are still looking good.

  7. This ones on my desktop for days now, and every time I leave this room and look back I am amazed about the warm glow on the hills and sky, ... I think you accomplished a $#@$ of a job!

  8. Hello René. I guess you like it then! :D

  9. looks really good
    the feeling of solitute really comes across keith

  10. That's what it was all about Rob, nothing dramatic just complete peace.

  11. Just found your blog Keith, and glad that I have. Although I`m an Oil painter, I think your watercolours are brilliant, such space you create. Dying to see your Acrylics. I am one of your followers now. All the best Keith.

  12. Hello Victor and thanks for looking in.
    If you want to see some acrylics, just click on the 'Acrylics' tab under 'Subjects' on the right.


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