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In the Shadow of Foinaven

"Loch Dionard, below Foinaven, watercolour, 24 x 36 cm

For lovers of wild landscapes, there can be few places in Scotland better than North-West Sutherland. The rocks here have been dated to 3 billion years old, and whenever I visit this area I am aware of a sense of both great age and timelessness. A human lifespan is tiny compared with geological time, and so the landscape seems to be unchanging. And yet we can see how the rocks have been thrust up and folded, and then worn away by glaciers, in a process that seems almost incomprehensible. It's a place for allowing the mind to wander and wonder.


  1. Good morning Keith!... This watercolour indeed captures the raw power of the natural forces that shape this towering fold of solid rock. We are small in the face this power... it is humbling indeed to mull over.

    Your rich greens further echo the timelessness and the ongoing changes that take millennia to bring about... and that our presence too... is but a small part of this ongoing process of change. So "wee"... are "We" HA HA!

    A grand watercolour piece Keith!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,

    1. Good morning Bruce. We certainly are 'wee' in such a landscape! I'm glad you like the greens. I deliberately made them more saturated, to give an impression of wetness, and to show up the rock face.

      All the best,

  2. Such places are very special, Keith. You have captured the enormity and the timelessness. A wonderful painting that folds around you and takes you in many directions at the same time. Thank you, Diane

    1. Thank you Diane, it certainly is a special place.

  3. I very much like the combination of grey and green together in this fine watercolour painting of a rock formation in Sutherland.

    1. Thank you Caroline, I was pleased with the colours in this one.

  4. It's been a while since I lasted visited Keith but your watercolours are just as fresh and natural as ever. I agree with Bruce about the greens in this one and there seems to be so many different hues. As always, your palette leaves a lasting impression on me. Great work.

    1. Hello John, thanks for visiting. I'm glad you like the colours; I'm always trying to get more out of them.


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