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Exhibition at Caithness Horizons

These are a few of the paintings that I am exhibiting at Caithness Horizons, Thurso, throughout May.


 "Maiden Pap" - watercolour - 25 x 36 cm


 "A Lonely Fishing Hut" - watercolour - 18 x 26 cm


"Beat No.7 on the Thurso" - watercolour - 25 x 36 cm


Secrets of Loch More

"Lochmore Cottage" - watercolour - 18 x 26 cm

Next to the dam at Loch More is a cottage which I presume was built to house the water bailiff responsible for controlling the flow of water into the river. Nobody lives in the cottage now but it is still used by fishermen. While looking into the history of Lochmore Cottage I have discovered that it is thought by some people to have a connection with a couple of mysteries of World War II.
In 1942 Rudolf Hess, Hitler's deputy, flew alone in an unarmed plane from Germany to Scotland. He was apparently hoping to land at Dungavel House, the home of the Duke of Hamilton who had supported appeasement with the Nazis before the war. Hess was unable to find somewhere to land and had to parachute out, after which he was captured. The reason for the flight has never been completely explained, but there are theories that he was intending to negotiate peace terms with the government, or even that he was intending to meet Nazi sympathisers …

Loch More

"View Over Loch More" - watercolour - 19 x 29 cm

In the west of Caithness a long road follows the course of the Thurso out over the moors. The road ends at Loch More, where the water entering the river is controlled by a dam and weir. Occupying a shallow basin, the loch is surrounded by open moors and forest, with a view of distant mountains. The overall impression is of big skies and open spaces.
One curious aspect is that the exposed location allows the wind to create quite large waves on the water sometimes. These have worn the shores away, forming miniature cliffs in the peat in some places, while in others broad swathes of sand have been washed up. I believe that in former years, when people were happy with simpler pleasures, families used to travel out to the loch in the summer to spend the day on the beach. Now it's more popular with fishermen and people looking for a quite place to walk.