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Harbour Buildings at Sarclet

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Harbour Buildings at Sarclet - watercolour, 16 x 26 cm   Old buildings left from the time when herring fishing was a big industry in Caithness. Wherever it was possible to get down to the sea, along the rugged coastline of high cliffs, there were little harbours with buildings for processing and storing fish. www.keithtilley.co.uk  

A Ruined Croft

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A Ruined Croft - watercolour, 17 x 26 cm So often it's the simple subjects that make the best paintings. I came across this old ruined croft while out walking. At first glance, it wasn't particularly special, just another ruin in the countryside, but that was really what made it an interesting subject: these abandoned farmsteads are dotted throughout the landscapes of the Highlands and they make up so much of the character of the area. From a more technical point of view the red tin roofs, contrasting with the greens of the grass and tree, made a striking colour scheme. www.keithtilley.co.uk  

Shore Cottages at Berriedale

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Shore Cottages at Berriedale - watercolour, 17 x 26 cm   Old fishermens' cottages at Berriedale, in Caithness. They stand right on the edge of the shore, at the mouth of a river, and there is no vehicle access to them. The only way to reach them is over a narrow footbridge across the waterway. Sold www.keithtilley.co.uk

Dunnet Head Lighthouse

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Dunnet Head Lighthouse - watercolour, 17 x 26 cm   The lighthouse at Dunnet Head, the most northerly point on the Scottish mainland. Beyond is the Pentland Firth and the Orkney Islands. Sold www.keithtilley.co.uk  

Brassicas and Celery

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Brassicas and Celery - acrylic, 20 x 25 cm   I saw this part of the vegetable patch in our garden, and I was struck by the sculptural quality of the cauliflower plant. It was an ideal opportunity for a bit of plein-air work, but a difficult subject because of all the shades of green. Not for sale. www.keithtilley.co.uk

Autumn in the Park

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Autumn in the Park at Thurso - watercolour, 17 x 26 cm   www.keithtilley.co.uk  

Wildflowers in the garden

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Wildflower Garden - acrylic, 20 x 25 cm  My partner was given a packet of wildflower seeds, so she scattered them in an empty area of the garden. She didn't really expect them to come to much, but Nature created this colourful display! I don't usually paint flowers, but I wanted to create a record of it, and acrylics seemed more suitable than watercolours. Not for sale. www.keithtilley.co.uk