Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Tour of Dunbeath Strath


One of my favourite places in Caithness is Dunbeath Strath. It has such a variety of landscapes, from the broadleaved woodland of the lower section to the treeless moorland higher up. This view is from that open country, looking down on the deep gorge below.

 "A Moorland Gorge, Dunbeath" - watercolour - 24 x 36 cm



The river has been dammed here to create a pool for fishing.

 "Refelctions, Dunbeath Strath" - acrylic - 20 x 25 cm



Further down the gorge becomes deeper and narrower at a point called 'Prisoner's Leap'. There is a legend that a man was told that he would be set free if he could jump over the gap, on the assumption that he would fall to his death. Incredibly, he is said to have succeeded and thus gained his freedom.

"Prisoner's Leap, Dunbeath Strath" - watercolour - 35 x 25 cm


The lower part of the strath is more gentle in character, from the old coaching inn at Milton to the point where the river runs into the sea at the village of Dunbeath.

 "The Old Milton Inn, Dunbeath Strath" - watercolour - 24 x 36 cm



Monday, October 14, 2013

Remote and Lonely

"Thulachan, Strathmore" - watercolour - 16 x 26 cm


Thulachan is another of the many old dwellings scattered throughout the Flow Country. Originally it would have been a croft-house, and later it was used as a shooting lodge. Probably few people visit it now except for occasional fishermen and walkers seeking shelter.

This is one of the paintings in my exhibition, "The Highlands and Beyond", at Northlands Creative Glass, Lybster, 21st October - 8th November.


Friday, October 11, 2013

Sunlight on Ben Loyal

"Sunlight on Ben Loyal" - watercolour - 16 x 26 cm


I drove over to Tongue, in Sutherland, today to deliver paintings to an exhibition at the Ben Loyal Hotel. I always enjoy that journey, especially the bit where you emerge from trees above the village to see this view of Ben Loyal. It seems such a shapely mountain and its position, at the head of the Kyle of Tongue, makes it seem much bigger than it really is.

Art Exhibition at the Ben Loyal Hotel, Tongue
18th October to 15th November 2013