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Sunshine at Sandside Head

Sunshine at Sandside Head
18 x 26 cm

This was a day of bright sunshine at Sandside Head, when the light was almost dazzling. The cliffs here are topped by an ecologically important area of maritime grassland. There are large numbers of Scottish Primroses, which are only found in the North of Scotland and Orkney. At this time of year the cliffs are alive with breeding seabirds, especially guillemots. It's a wonderful place to sit and relax and get away from cares and worries for a while.


  1. Simply perfect, lovely painting Keith all works well together to create such harmony. We had wild storms here last night and the power went off just as I finished cooking tea! only for an hour. Was it stormy by you? There have been some beautiful wild flowers on the moors I was over by Deeside again last week and visited Corgarff castle the moorland had lovely white cotton flowers and white star like flowers scattered everywhere. There were nesting Curlews too or at least I think that was the name of the birds. They were black with a white tummy and a red beak, they sang a truely eerie whistling sound. I remembered the sound when I lived over at Strathdon at Donside it was very isolated there and that bird sound was everywhere. Good to see your painting full of sunshine and blue sea after the storm.

  2. Thanks Caroline. Yes it was very rough here too and the power went off for about an hour as well.

    I was just looking at the cotton grass yesterday. The road south of here goes over an area of open moor and it's all white at the moment. I think the birds were Oystercatchers, Curlews are the ones with long curved beaks and brown colouring. They both have that eerie call though. I always think that it is so evocative of moorland.

    I did a quick sketch of Corgaff Castle on my way back from Deeside, last year. The stark white building in the middle of that open country makes a striking image, doesn't it?

  3. Hi Keith!... Tried to comment and couldn't get Blogger to cooperate for over a day!

    You sure captured..."the dazzle" Keith! I especially enjoyed the water movement and the deft but effective way you shifted the depth of space with that subtle tonal shift in the two cliff faces! Very effective!

    Another gem to add to the Tilley collection!

    Good painting!
    Warmest regards,

  4. Hi Keith,

    Had the same problem with blogger yesterday as Bruce. Nice painting, do I detect another looked for rock formation here. That cliff in the background looks almost like a face in profile.

  5. Hi Bruce,

    Blogger has certainly been in a bit of a mess recently hasn't it.

    The water was the hardest part; it would have been so easy to over-work it. I nearly made the shadow on the water a bit stronger, but I'm glad I left it as a more subtle effect.

    Did you have any luck with the Vaughan Williams? That was his whole last name by the way; his full name was Ralph Vaughan Williams. Another very atmospheric piece of his is 'Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis'.

  6. Hi Stuart,

    Yes, I didn't notice that while I was painting it, but now I can't help seeing a Sphinx-like creature.

  7. Your paintings are gorgeous. There is so much of depth ... I admire and look, I have so much to learn

  8. Thanks Lydie, I'm glad that I am bringing you some inspiration.

  9. I have just discovered your blog. I am really enjoying just looking at your art!
    Sue x


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