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Snow at the Farm

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.

The End of the Line

The End of the Line - watercolour, 16 x 26 cm
I always feel there is something special about these remote farms. They stand on the edge of the moorland, where agriculture gives way to wildness. It's almost like the boundary between the land of Man and the land of Nature.

Clouds over Spittal Hill

Clouds over Spittal Hill - watercolour, 16 x 26 cm
This began as a cloud study exercise from a quick sketch I made while out walking. I liked how it turned out, and fortunately I had left room to add the landscape in beneath it. The result is a nice example of the big skies we get here in Caithness.

A Loch in Broubster Forest

A Loch in Broubster Forest - watercolour, 13 x 18 cm


Up-river to Morven

Up-river to Morven - watercolour, 16 x 26 cm


House on the Shore at Dunbeath

House on the Shore at Dunbeath - watercolour, 16 x 26 cm

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.

Sunset on Past Times

Sunset on Past Times - watercolour, 16 x 26 cm

I don't usually choose poetic titles for my paintings, but it seemed appropriate this time. I don't know whether I was in a romantic or a melancholic mood: it could have been either!

Cliff Path at Dunnet Head

Cliff Path at Dunnet Head - watercolour, 16 x 26 cm.

Dunbeath Castle

Dunbeath Castle - watercolour, 16 x 26 cm


Footprints in the Snow

Footprints in the Snow - watercolour, 16 x 26 cm
I was looking through old watercolours, and I thought I would have another go at this one. Long-standing followers may remember it -
It's interesting to see the difference in 9 years.
 Tracks in the Snow - 2011 - watercolour, 16 x 26 cm

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.

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