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The Forest Gate

The Forest Gate - watercolour, 16 x 26 cm
Rainbows are very difficult to paint convincingly in watercolour. As so often, the more you try to make them look 'right', the more they look false. The way to approach them, I think, is to just suggest them with a few colours; maybe red, yellow, and green, and put them in while the sky is still wet. This takes experience and confidence, but it's far more convincing than leaving a band of white paper, and then filling it in later. It's best not to make it a complete arc either: rainbows often disappear towards their ends, and this makes them look airy and fleeting. The painting has a double rainbow, but I have made the second one barely visible.
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Morven from Maiden Pap

Morven from Maiden Pap - watercolour, 25 x 16 cm
Maiden Pap is a prominent hill in the South of Caithness (see photo), with wide-ranging views in all directions. It looks across to Morven, the main mountain in the range. My aim here was to suggest the vertiginous view from the summit, and the expanse of open ground between the two mountains, while still giving Morven a commanding presence.

Maiden Pap

Frozen Landscape

Frozen Landscape, watercolour, 16 x 26 cm
Available - £140

I often think that the Flow Country can look like an Arctic landscape at times. Especially in freezing temperatures, this kind of scene reminds me of images I have seen of places like Svalbard.

Snow at Dirlot

Snow at Dirlot, watercolour, 16 x 26 cm
Available - £140
We haven't had this much snow yet - this was painted from a sketch - but it's turned much colder, so it could happen at any time.

Autumn Tree in Dunbeath Strath

Autumn Tree in Dunbeath Strath, watercolour, 16 x26 cm
Available - £140
A sunny autumn day in a woodland landscape; could there be a better subject for an artist!

Feeding Time

Feeding Time - watercolour, 16 x 26 cm
Available - £140
One way to get your models in a nice composition, and not moving around - catch them at feeding time!

Calm Anchorage at Morar

Calm Anchorage at Morar, watercolour, 25 x 36 cm
Available, £240
The area of western Scotland known as Morar is part of a National Scenic Area, and famous for its white sandy beaches. It was featured in the film "Local Hero".