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Sand Dunes at Dunnet Bay

"Sand Dunes at Dunnet Bay" - watercolour - 25 x 36 cm

Dunnet Bay is a wonderful area for scenery and nature. Two miles of broad beach are backed by a system of high sand dunes. Some parts of the dunes are stabilised by marram grass, while others are areas of shifting sand. Behind the dunes the sand has been blown far inland, covering the peat, and forming a distinctive habitat, which is protected as the Dunnet Links National Nature Reserve.


  1. Good morning Keith!... This bright, high keyed panorama certainly offers that feeling of vastness and the depth that the sand has migrated. The scale of those wee figures to the beachscape... amplifies the vastness greatly.Your "bleached out" use of colour certainly offers the feeling of glare that often dominates such beach scenes.

    Stabilization can only be achieved by using nature's own devices ie the grasses. Nature provides all of the solutions to heal her own wounds... on her clock!

    Another interesting post and painting combined!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,

    1. Hi Bruce, I had to play about with those figures: too small and the dunes looked like mountains; too large and they looked like mole-hills.

      Yes the natural solutions are usually the best and the most enduring.

      All the best,

  2. Loved your painting, Keith. It put me in mind of a beach in south-west Victoria which extends for many kilometres. There it is both the vastness and the feeling of being completely alone that are the pivotal points of the image. I'll email you a photo.

    1. Thanks Diane, it's good that the beaches here aren't busy: they often have that feeling of emptiness. I look forward to seeing the photo.

  3. As always Keith, you capture the feeling... It's the one thing I can count on whenever I look at one of your paintings. I'd missed this one. So very different from our beaches here ...

    1. Thanks BJ. The weather conditions and varied geology have made a spectacular coastline here.


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