I always find this island in the
river at Wick interesting. Its banks have been reinforced with stone
for some reason: maybe to act as a breakwater to protect the town
downstream. The flagstone walls make it look like a fortress in the
river. When the water is high and reaching right up to the foot of
the stones, it can even take on the appearance of an old ironclad
battleship sailing down the river.
"Sunlight on the Old Man" - watercolour - 13 x 18 cm
Another very small painting and
probably the last one this small that I'll do for a while. The small
size doesn't make them any easier to paint. If anything, the
difficulty seems to increase as the size decreases. I feel the need
for more space for freer brushstrokes.
The subject of the painting is the famous rock stack, known as The Old Man of Hoy, in the Orkney Isles.