House on the Shore at Dunbeath - watercolour, 16 x 26 cm £140 This house, just above the shoreline in Dunbeath Harbour, must be a bit vulnerable to easterly storms I would have thought. There was a big storm a few years ago, which did cause quite a lot of damage along the coast. The line of concrete blocks, in the foreground, was put in afterwards to strengthen the defences. www.keithtilley.co.uk
"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.
Snow at the Farm - watercolour, 13 x 18 cm This farm is just down the road from where I live, and it often attracts me as a subject. There is a nice collection of shapes and, as it stands on its own, it makes an interesting silhouette. Here it was the thick layer of snow on the track, and the snow-covered roofs that I liked. www.keithtilley.co.uk