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Exhibition in Thurso

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I'm having an exhibition in Thurso at Caithness Horizons , running from 7th June to 3rd July. Among the 15 paintings in the show, there are these three little sunset pieces.  "Lochmore Cottage at Sunset" Watercolour, 13 x 18 cm  "Sunset Colours" Watercolour, 13 x 18 cm "Sunset and Green Fields" Watercolour, 13 x 18 cm www.keithtilley.co.uk

Moine House

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"Moine House, Tongue" Watercolour on Fabriano Artistico 300gsm Rough paper 25 x 36 cm West of Tongue, in Sutherland, there is a large peat bog called The Moine, which stretches all the way over to the next valley. At more-or-less the highest point there is a ruined building, called Moine House, which I have always found very striking. It is a wild and lonely spot and it has a background of dramatic mountains. I assumed that it was an old drovers' inn, but a plaque * on the wall tells the story of how it was erected as a refuge for travellers.

Loch Naver

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Autumn Sunshine on Loch Naver, watercolour, 16 x 26 cm Lovely Loch Naver lies in the heart of the vast emptiness of Sutherland. A narrow winding road follows the northern shore, fringed with birch trees and grassy meadows. On the southern side the loch is dominated by the mountain, Ben Klibreck, one of Scotlands 'Munros' (mountains over 3,000 ft or 910 m). On a sunny autumn day, with the glowing birch trees, the blue of the water and the backdrop of rich moorland colours, it is just perfect.

A Challenging Commission

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I have just finished a commissioned painting which was challenging, and different from my usual subject matter. Essentially, it was a portrait of a ship which the client had a family connection with. I was provided with an image of a 19th Century painting and given a free hand to create my own interpretation of it - http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/schooner-snaefell .

Coastal Defences

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"A Defended Coast, Keiss", watercolour, 25 x 36 cm This scene interested me because of the time-scale represented by the different buildings. The distant castle was built around the beginning of the Seventeenth Century, whereas the foreground structure is a pillbox gun emplacement from World War II. In fact there is even more history covered: although they don't appear in the view, two brochs * , take us back to before 100 AD.

A Reminder of Home

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"Tongside Farmyard", watercolour, 25 x 36 cm A recent commission, for friends to give to a son who has moved to the other side of the World. I enjoyed painting this one, with its contrast of strong sunlight and shade. I had to paint the dogs from memory, but I think they made all the difference to the final result.

Highland 'Postie'

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"Highland 'Postie'", watercolour, 25 x 36 cm This was one of those subjects that turn up by chance sometimes. I had been out sketching this view and was walking back, when a post van passed me. I had seen him coming across the moor in the distance, and the striking colour of the vehicle in the vast, empty, landscape gave me the idea for an unusual painting. My own van happens to be the same make and model, so I was able to use that to get a drawing at the right angle. Then I just had to combine my sketches into one drawing to paint from.

Having Fun with Watercolours

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In order to paint in the impressionistic style of watercolours that I prefer, a bold and confident approach is required. This causes problems for beginners, and even experienced painters if they have a break from working. Worrying too much about the process can lead to a cautious approach, which often produces a stiff and uninspired watercolour.