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On the Ramparts

On Stob Coire an t-Sneachda
25 x 36 cm

This is another view of the edge of the Cairngorms plateau. On this northern side there is a series of deep corries, like the ramparts of a castle surmounted by rocky battlements. The sun barely reaches into these deep places and snow often lies here throughout the summer. Coire an t-Sneachda means 'Corrie of the snow'.


  1. Good Saturday morning Keith!... Another wonderful study of your wild places!

    You use that warm and cool conrast to good advantage Keith... to avoid leaving us "out of the sun"... like the ramparts!

    Another gem!

    Good painting!
    Warmest regards,

  2. Hi Bruce,

    I also resisted the temptation to put any detail in the background. I let the washes run together and then left it. I'm glad I did because it really helps with the recession.

    All the best,

  3. Lovely pink and grey combination Keith. It is indeed a wild isolated location yet the warm colours make this a more hospitable place to behold. You capture the mood of the location so well.

  4. Thanks Caroline. I'm thinking about these back for Elgin. Maybe 'The Cairngorms in Watercolour'. It would mean holding them back for a long time though, so I'm not sure yet.

  5. It would certainly be different Keith as I don't think any other artist really gets up to those mountain ridges to find the views you are. There are certainly quite a few walkers about who might love a painting of the Cairngorm ridges. However your work is beautiful and you are able to depict a variety of lovely locations. I would say some Moray scenes would also be very popular, after that the West Coast and the islands always do well. Just show what interests you Keith.


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