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Ackergill Tower, Ebb Tide

Ackergill Tower, Ebb Tide
Watercolour
16 x 25 cm
There are some popular subjects, which I find myself painting frequently. The problem with these is how to maintain the interest. In this case I set myself the challenge of using just two colours: French Ultramarine and Burnt Umber.

Beside the Thurso at Westerdale

Beside the Thurso at Westerdale Watercolour 25 x 36 cm
While I was painting this watercolour I kept thinking of Constable's "The Hay Wain" and "Willy Lot's Cottage". It was because of the shape of the building, surrounded by the trees, and that was what attracted me to the subject in the first place. I managed to resist the temptation to paint in a hay wagon!

Sun and Rain at Dounreay

Sun and Rain at Dounreay Watercolour 25 x 36 cm
I thought it was about time that I did a painting of Dounreay Nuclear Power Station again.

The site is being decommissioned and the whole process is expected to take 35 years or more. I've heard that they are planning to dismantle the famous golf-ball-shaped containment building. I hope that's not the case, it's such an iconic feature. It would be nice if they could clean it up and make it safe enough to turn into a visitor centre. I think it's just as much a symbol of our time as castles and other old buildings are of theirs.