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.