Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Latheron Art Show 2014


These are the paintings that I am showing at the Latheron Art Show, next weekend, 23rd to 25th May.

"Sunset at Loch More" - watercolour - 13 x 18 cm


"Maiden Pap" - watercolour - 16 x 26 cm


"The Old Inn at Milton, Dunbeath" - watercolour - 16 x 26 cm


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





Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wester Haven

"Low Tide at Wester Haven" - watercolour - 16 x 26 cm


This is the little harbour of Wester Haven, which I mentioned in my previous post about the Ice House. The boat is used for lobster fishing, which is a common activity around the coast.


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Ice House

"Ice House at Wester Haven" - watercolour - 13 x 18 cm


Before the invention of refrigeration, using ice for food-preservation meant that it had to be stored in some way. Ice houses are a common feature of the harbours around the coast of Caithness. They are vaulted stone buildings, set partly into banks or hillsides, and with turf roofs for insulation. In the winter ice was collected from lochs and rivers and put into the buildings through a hole a the top. Then in the summer it was taken out through a door at the front and used to pack around crates of fish for transportation. My painting is of a good example at the harbour of Wester Haven, below the Castle of Mey.

I painted this on Bockingford Eggshell tinted paper. It has a subtle green tint and gives a cool undertone to the watercolour. I don't use tinted papers very often, but they can be useful sometimes. This particular paper is produced in Cream, Grey, Eggshell, Blue and Oatmeal.