Thursday, February 26, 2015

Golspie and the Moray Firth

"Golspie Pier" - watercolour - 15 x 36 cm


A view from the beach at Golspie on the east coast of Sutherland. The coastline in the distance is Morayshire, on the other side of the Moray Firth. The rolling hills there are so different from the mountains of Sutherland, and the stretch of water is so big, that sometimes it feels like looking across to a different country.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Quarry Buildings

"Old Quarry Workings, Dirlot" - watercolour - 16 x 26 cm



Usually I find old buildings more interesting than modern ones: they seem to sit more naturally in the landscape, and they have a sense of history about them. These concrete quarry buildings are probably only about 50 years old. They're not used any more, and I suppose they are beginning to acquire a patina of age, but I think it was all the different angles and shadows that attracted me to this subject.


Monday, February 2, 2015

Winter Light

"Snow and Winter Light" - watercolour - 13 x 19 cm


I love the soft skies that we get at this time of year. With the sun low in the sky and setting in the south-west, it throws warm light onto the clouds behind Morven. When the hills are covered with snow as well, there are some dramatic subjects.

Having been laid low with a cold for a week, this was a nice little piece to get back into my rhythm again.