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Sinclair's Bay and Castle

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Sinclair's Bay and Castle - watercolour, 13 cm x 18 cm   The location of Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, on cliffs on the edge of Sinclair's Bay, makes it perfect for a dramatic painting. Here I chose to have the castle in foreground shade, silhouetted against the vast sweep of the bay in sunlight behind. www.keithtilley.co.uk

Alternative Energies

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Alternative Energies - watercolour, 17 cm x 25 cm   I thought this was an interesting view, with the contrast between the two forms of energy generation. In the distance are wind-turbines producing renewable electricity, and the buildings nearer the foreground are the Dounreay nuclear power station. It was a cloudy day with sunny intervals, so I chose to have the distant wind-turbines in a patch of sunlight, while the foreground was in shade. This created a focal point, but it also highlighted the current push for more renewable energy, rather than the controversial nuclear option.   

Hay-making Time

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Hay Bales in the Sun - watercolour, 17 cm x 25 cm   I love hay-making time. The air is full of the smell of new-mown hay, and the fields are full of the sculptural forms of the round hay bales. It also marks a change though. The fields, which were full of growing grass and wildflowers, are now bare, and the summer will soon be coming to an end.  

Recent Sales

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 These are some of the paintings that I've sold during august 2022. Staxigoe Harbour - watercolour, 17 x 25 cm Old St. Peter's Kirk, Thurso - watercolour, 17 x 25 cm Sinclair-Girnigoe, Clifftop Stronghold - watercolour, 17 x 25 cm Footbridge at Dunbeath - watercolour, 17 x 25 cm This painting is now in the collection of His Majesty Charles III. www.keithtilley.co.uk  

Society of Caithness Artists Exhibition

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Exhibition News After a two-year break because of the Pandemic, The Society of Caithness Artists is holding a live exhibition again. Location and opening times are: UHI North Highland College ETEC Building, Ormlie Road, Thurso. July 26th - August 5th 3pm until 8pm Closed on Sundays   These are the four paintings that I will be showing Old Kirk and Boats, Thurso - watercolour, 17 x 25 cm   Old Mill at Westerdale - watercolour, 17 x 25 cm Old Toll House, Thurso - watercolour, 17 x 25 cm Summer in Gerston - watercolour, 17 x 25 cm   The Society of Caithness Artists More information about the Society can be found on their website at https://societyofcaithnessartists.co.uk/ www.keithtilley.co.uk    

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