Thursday, December 20, 2012

Season's Greetings



I was looking for images to use for Christmas cards and I came across this watercolour I painted a while ago. It was nice as it was, but I thought I could turn it into an even more traditional Christmas scene. I darkened the sky by wetting the whole area and dropping in stronger colour. Then I used white gouache and a spattering technique to create the falling snow. I also put a few more shadows into the foreground to give it more depth. The result is my seasonal greeting to all my readers.


Happy Christmas
"A Welcoming Light" - watercolour - 25 x 36 cm

Saturday, December 15, 2012

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.


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Soft Winter Sunset

"Soft Winter Sunset" - watercolour, 18 x 26 cm



Another of those quiet winter sunsets, when the day seems to slip away softly without any fuss.