Sometimes Morven seems just to be part of a range of hills on the
horizon. At other times it can look more dramatic, and definitely a
mountain, especially when fog or cloud isolates it from its
The old farmstead of Dalemore. It must have been quite a substantial farm at one time, and the barns are still used, but the house is empty and becoming ruinous now.
The sunlight shining on the buildings had the effect of a
spotlight on a stage-set, highlighting them and subduing the background.
I could have chosen to leave the wind turbines out, but they are such a
feature of this landscape that it wouldn't have seemed right somehow.
Usually when I paint a view of Dounreay Nuclear Power Station it is from
the edge of the bay, often with a rough sea so that the crashing waves
and clouds of spray create a lot of drama. On this occasion, I was
attracted by the view as I walked down the hill from Sandside Lodge. The
landscape in the foreground made a softer atmosphere, although still
with the inevitable wildness of this stretch of coastline.