Friday, April 30, 2010

Fisherfield Forest

Beinn Dearg Mor
Watercolour
25 x 36 cm

I painted this from a sketch I made on a short walk up Gleann Chaorachain, below An Teallach. Beinn Dearg Mor is one of the mountains of the Fisherfield Forest, which is a remote mountainous area in Wester Ross, between Kinlochewe and Dundonnel. It is sometimes known as 'The Great Wilderness' and, although it is called a forest, it has few trees now.


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Duncansby Head Lighthouse

Duncansby Head Lighthouse
Acrylic
20 x 25 cm

Duncansby Head is the most north-easterly point in the British Isles and it really feels like the end of the mainland. The view looks out over the Pentland Firth and the next land in sight is the islands of Orkney.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Forss Mill

Falls at Forss Mill
Watercolour
25 x 36 cm

I've tried to paint this subject a few times before. Each time I've ended up over-working it because of all the detail. This time I concentrated on what interested me most, which was the waterfall, and tried to paint the rest as simply as possible.
The mill is no longer working, but fortunately it was acquired by the Highland Buildings Preservation Trust. They have converted the building for residential use, while retaining most of the original features.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Ruthven Barracks

Ruthven Barracks
Watercolour
25 x 26 cm

Ruthven Barracks, near Kingussie, was built to garrison troops during the Jacobite uprisings of the Eighteenth Century. It was one of a number of fortifications, including Fort Augustus and Fort William, which were set up at strategic points on the new network of military roads.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Ben Klibreck

Ben Klibreck and Loch Naver
Watercolour
16 x 26 cm

Ben Klibreck is the second most northerly mountain on the Munro list. It stands in a fairly isolated position, so although I don't think it's a very interesting mountain to climb, it does have tremendous views.

Ben Hee from Ben Klibreck


Ben Loyal from Ben Klibreck

The last time I was there, when I got close to the summit, I came across a ptarmigan. She was looking very agitated and appeared to be trying to distract me away from a nest.

Ptarmigan on Ben Klibreck


Friday, April 16, 2010

Coire an t-Sneachda

Coire an t-Sneachda
Watercolour
25 x 36 cm


This is Coire an t-Sneachda, one of the northern corries of the Cairngorm Massif. The name means 'The Corrie of the Snows' and because of its north-facing position, snow can often be found here well into the summer. It's easily accessible due to its proximity to the ski station, and there is a good path around to it. A very steep path (The Goat Path) leads up from the back of the corrie onto the plateau above.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis
Watercolour, 25 x 36 cm

Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in Great Britain, at 1344 metres (4409 feet), and this is possibly the best-known view of it from Corpach, near Fort William. The 'tourist' path goes up on this side, from the right, and it's a fairly straightforward climb. The north side is different altogether, with sheer cliffs and some serious climbing routes - more information.