Skip to main content

A Flow Country Boathouse

"A Flow Country Boathouse" - watercolour - 25 x 36 cm



One of the most popular activities in Caithness and Sutherland is fishing. There are some well-known salmon rivers and numerous lochs full of trout. One of the remotest of these is Loch Caluim in the heart of the Flow Country. It was popular with the late Queen Mother when she was staying in Caithness.

The bigger lochs usually have one or two boathouses on their shorelines, but most of them don't seem to be used any more and are falling into disrepair. I suppose the estates no longer have the staff to maintain them. They are one of the few signs of human activity in these remote places.


Comments

  1. Good evening Keith!... Another wonderful ramble through the barren remoteness... and text to enrich the view!

    You capture that special quiet and feeling of solitude which sets these areas aside from roads more travelled... and violated! Enjoyed my visit!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi Bruce, that's an interesting word, "barren". I think you and I see it differently to some other people. It's all in the eye of the beholder, as they say.

    All the best,
    Keith

    ReplyDelete
  3. This is so evocative - a wonderful work full of atmosphere. We enjoyed a superb holiday on the west coast of Scotland and this brings back so many great memories - thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thanks Jerry, I'm glad it brings back the memories.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Another simple clean and fresh watercolour full of atmosphere Keith. It looks so remote and peaceful there. Nice work.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Thanks John, it's certainly a place to find peace and quiet.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Looking forward of a sketch of the salmon fishers. ;-)
    But this is everything a Keith Tilley should have, ... love it!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thanks René, I'll have to look out for some willing models!

    ReplyDelete
  9. i like how you have done the boat house! i draw things like this for my art in school do you have any tips for me?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Victoria, drawing is all about good observation. Study the subject carefully and relate the parts to each other. For instance, with the boathouse I noted that the length of the side was about 1.5 times the width of the end with the door. I usually start with the important part, which was the doorway in this case, and then work outwards from there.

      With complicated subjects it sometimes helps to draw the spaces between objects, which are known as 'negative spaces', instead of the objects themselves. That forces you to look at shapes without worrying about what it is that you are drawing.

      Delete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Moorland Fire

Moorland Fire Watercolour 25 x 36 cm
There is a definite feeling of approaching autumn now, with some cooler days and more unsettled weather. It hardly seems any time at all since the spring, when there was a long spell of dry weather and the moors were tinder-dry. There were a number of serious fires at the time and several nature reserves were badly damaged. I think they were mostly caused by accident or carelessness this time, but unfortunately there are people who seem to get satisfaction from starting fires deliberately.

The fire in this painting is of a different kind. Every year between, autumn and spring, shooting estates burn off small patches of moorland to leave a patchwork of heather. This encourages the breeding of grouse, with the old growth providing cover and the new shoots providing food. The operation has to be done very carefully, because fires can easily get out of control, and once the underlying peat starts to burn it can burn for days and is very difficult to p…

Christmas Wishes

A couple of my latest watercolours and -

Best Wishes to all for Christmas

"The Fuel Bowser", Watercolour, 24 x 18 cm

"View at Skelbo", Watercolour, 16 x 26 cm

www.keithtilley.co.uk

Trying Out a Pochade Box

I had an old box for storing photographic transparencies that wasn't being used any more. It was just the right size to make a good pochade box, so I thought I would see what I could do with it. I fitted out the lid to hold two 8 x 10 inch panels, with the base holding the paints and brushes and a palette holding everything in place.

For its first trial I took it out to the same location as the previous post. This time it was raining, so it was an ideal opportunity to see how I would get on painting with the pochade inside my vehicle. It worked very well in the cramped conditions and was very easy to use.

When I had finished I just closed the lid and went home. Later, when I opened the box again, I found a blob of Pthalo Green right in the middle of the painting! I think the wood that I used for the palette was too flexible, so it had got pushed up into the lid. I was using acrylics, so normally it would have been easy to wash the green off. Unfortunately, I was trying out Atelie…