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Colour palette

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On my last post Caroline asked about the colours and papers I use, so I thought I would take the opportunity to give a few details. My usual palette consists of seven colours:- Raw Sienna Burnt Sienna Permanent Rose French Ultramarine Winsor Blue (Green Shade) Winsor Green (Yellow Shade) Burnt Umber Occasionally, for flowers or bright objects, I add Winsor Yellow and Scarlet Lake. The colours are all transparent and are spread evenly around the colour wheel - I find that this gives me the greatest number of possibilities for mixes. Most of the time I only have to mix two colours together. I can make a good range of warm greys with Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna, or cool greys with Winsor Green and Permanent Rose. Both mixes produce a very dark grey at full strength. In fact Winsor Green/Permanent Rose will give me as close to black as I ever need. I have Burnt Umber for dark mixes as well, but I tend to forget to use it because Burnt Sienna seems just as good for that

Autumn at Braemar

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Autumn at Braemar Watercolour 25 x36 cm When I visited Deeside I was hoping to see some wonderful autumn colours in the trees and I wasn't disappointed. There is a hill above Braemar, called Morrone, which has it's lower slopes covered with birch trees. A short climb leads to a viewpoint with a panorama of the Cairngorm Mountains.

Fisherfield Forest

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Beinn Dearg Mor Watercolour 25 x 36 cm I painted this from a sketch I made on a short walk up Gleann Chaorachain, below An Teallach. Beinn Dearg Mor is one of the mountains of the Fisherfield Forest, which is a remote mountainous area in Wester Ross, between Kinlochewe and Dundonnel. It is sometimes known as 'The Great Wilderness' and, although it is called a forest, it has few trees now.

Duncansby Head Lighthouse

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Duncansby Head Lighthouse Acrylic 20 x 25 cm Duncansby Head is the most north-easterly point in the British Isles and it really feels like the end of the mainland. The view looks out over the Pentland Firth and the next land in sight is the islands of Orkney.

Forss Mill

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Falls at Forss Mill Watercolour 25 x 36 cm I've tried to paint this subject a few times before. Each time I've ended up over-working it because of all the detail. This time I concentrated on what interested me most, which was the waterfall, and tried to paint the rest as simply as possible. The mill is no longer working, but fortunately it was acquired by the Highland Buildings Preservation Trust. They have converted the building for residential use, while retaining most of the original features.

Ben Klibreck

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Ben Klibreck and Loch Naver Watercolour 16 x 26 cm Ben Klibreck is the second most northerly mountain on the Munro list . It stands in a fairly isolated position, so although I don't think it's a very interesting mountain to climb, it does have tremendous views. Ben Hee from Ben Klibreck Ben Loyal from Ben Klibreck The last time I was there, when I got close to the summit, I came across a ptarmigan. She was looking very agitated and appeared to be trying to distract me away from a nest. Ptarmigan on Ben Klibreck

Coire an t-Sneachda

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Coire an t-Sneachda Watercolour 25 x 36 cm This is Coire an t-Sneachda, one of the northern corries of the Cairngorm Massif. The name means 'The Corrie of the Snows' and because of its north-facing position, snow can often be found here well into the summer. It's easily accessible due to its proximity to the ski station, and there is a good path around to it. A very steep path (The Goat Path) leads up from the back of the corrie onto the plateau above.

Ben Nevis

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Ben Nevis Watercolour, 25 x 36 cm Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in Great Britain, at 1344 metres (4409 feet), and this is possibly the best-known view of it from Corpach, near Fort William. The 'tourist' path goes up on this side, from the right, and it's a fairly straightforward climb. The north side is different altogether, with sheer cliffs and some serious climbing routes - more information.

A Lane in Winter

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A Lane in Winter Watercolour 6.5 x 10 inches (16.5 x 25.5 cm) The recent snow was fun to start with. Everywhere was quiet because there were few vehicles on the roads, and the snow was soft to walk on.

A Welcoming Light

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A Welcoming Light Watercolour 22.5 x 35.5 cm It's nice to be out in the snow, but on a cold dark day a welcoming light and a warm fire are good as well.