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St Mary's Chapel

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St Mary's Chapel, Crosskirk - watercolour, 13 x 18 cm   This little chapel was built in the 12th Century, and is one of the oldest in the area. It seems a bit isolated now and I don't know why it was built here. Previous burial mounds  have been found, as well as a Pictish symbol stone, so maybe the site had some special significance. www.keithtilley.co.uk  

Foggy Winter Afternoon

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Foggy Winter Afternoon - watercolour, 17 x 25 cm  The sun was going down on a beautiful winter's day, and as the temperature dropped, all the hollows in the landscape began to fill with fog. The effect was quite eerie; an unease I suppose at what might be lurking in those foggy places! www.keithtilley.co.uk    

Old Granary at Littleferry

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Old Granary at Littleferry - watercolour, 17 x 25 cm   I came across this old building at Littleferry, near Golspie. I was attracted by the interesting stepped gables on the roof, and the lovely location on the edge of the loch. The Old Granary is now a restaurant and must be a nice place for a meal in the summer. www.keithtilley.co.uk      

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