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Harbour Buildings at Sarclet

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Harbour Buildings at Sarclet - watercolour, 16 x 26 cm   Old buildings left from the time when herring fishing was a big industry in Caithness. Wherever it was possible to get down to the sea, along the rugged coastline of high cliffs, there were little harbours with buildings for processing and storing fish. www.keithtilley.co.uk  

A Ruined Croft

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A Ruined Croft - watercolour, 17 x 26 cm So often it's the simple subjects that make the best paintings. I came across this old ruined croft while out walking. At first glance, it wasn't particularly special, just another ruin in the countryside, but that was really what made it an interesting subject: these abandoned farmsteads are dotted throughout the landscapes of the Highlands and they make up so much of the character of the area. From a more technical point of view the red tin roofs, contrasting with the greens of the grass and tree, made a striking colour scheme. www.keithtilley.co.uk  

Shore Cottages at Berriedale

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Shore Cottages at Berriedale - watercolour, 17 x 26 cm   Old fishermens' cottages at Berriedale, in Caithness. They stand right on the edge of the shore, at the mouth of a river, and there is no vehicle access to them. The only way to reach them is over a narrow footbridge across the waterway. Sold www.keithtilley.co.uk

Dunnet Head Lighthouse

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Dunnet Head Lighthouse - watercolour, 17 x 26 cm   The lighthouse at Dunnet Head, the most northerly point on the Scottish mainland. Beyond is the Pentland Firth and the Orkney Islands. Sold www.keithtilley.co.uk  

Brassicas and Celery

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Brassicas and Celery - acrylic, 20 x 25 cm   I saw this part of the vegetable patch in our garden, and I was struck by the sculptural quality of the cauliflower plant. It was an ideal opportunity for a bit of plein-air work, but a difficult subject because of all the shades of green. Not for sale. www.keithtilley.co.uk

Autumn in the Park

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Autumn in the Park at Thurso - watercolour, 17 x 26 cm   www.keithtilley.co.uk  

Wildflowers in the garden

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Wildflower Garden - acrylic, 20 x 25 cm  My partner was given a packet of wildflower seeds, so she scattered them in an empty area of the garden. She didn't really expect them to come to much, but Nature created this colourful display! I don't usually paint flowers, but I wanted to create a record of it, and acrylics seemed more suitable than watercolours. Not for sale. www.keithtilley.co.uk

Old Mill at Westerdale

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Old Mill at Westerdale - watercolour, 17 x 26 cm   The much-photographed old mill at Westerdale, in Caithness, Scotland. The river is the Thurso, a popular salmon-fishing river.   www.keithtilley.co.uk

View at Muie

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View at Muie - watercolour, 17 x 26 cm  The crofting community of Muie, near Rogart. www.keithtilley.co.uk

Suilven

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Suilven - watercolour, 25 x 36 cm  The view that suddenly emerges, when travelling westward along Glen Oykle towards Elphin. www.keithtilley.co.uk

After the Harvest

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After the Harvest - watercolour, 17 x 26 cm   Hay-making time doesn't last very long, so when I saw that this field had been cut I went straight out to paint it. I'm glad I did, because I had only just finished when the farmer came back to collect the bales. www.keithtilley.co.uk

In Glenmore Forest

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In Glenmore Forest - watercolour, 35 x 25 cm   The Glenmore Forest is a remnant of the Caledonian Forest that once covered much of the Highlands of Scotland. The mixed woodland consists mostly of Scots Pine trees, with some other native species, and is protected as a nature reserve. www.keithtilley.co.uk    

Coastline at Brims

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Coastline at Brims - watercolour, 16 x 26 cm Looking along the coast to Brims Ness, in Caithness, a popular place for surfing. A long shelf of flat rocks here creates good rolling waves, when conditions are right. www.keithtilley.co.uk    

Loch Shurrery

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Loch Shurrery - watercolour, 16 x 26 cm The autumn colours combined with the reflections, created a beautiful subject, and the stillness of the water was useful for conveying the silent tranquillity of the place. www.keithtilley.co.uk  

An Old Croft in Dunbeath Strath

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An Old Croft in Dunbeath Strath - watercolour, 16 x 26 cm  Outlying farmland at Dunbeath, where the cultivated land ends and the extensive, open moorland begins. www.keithtilley.co.uk

Glen Callater

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Glen Callater - watercolour, 25 x 36 cm Glen Callater is near Braemar, on the southern side of the Cairngorms National Park. The route through the glen forms part of Jock's Road, which has a famous place in the history of public access to land in Scotland. In the Nineteenth Century, the owner of the land in the area tried to ban all access, but there was an old drove road that had long been used by cattle herders and travellers. John 'Jock' Winter decided to fight for the right to walk this route and, with the help of the Scottish Rights of Way Society, he won his case in the highest court of the land. As a result, the Scottish Rights of Way Act was passed, and eventually the Land Reform Act of 2005, which granted the right of responsible access to most land in Scotland. www.keithtilley.co.uk

Looking Out from Dirlot Gorge

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Looking Out from Dirlot Gorge - Watercolour, 16 x 26 cm  A fishing pool on the River Thurso, where it enters the gorge at Dirlot. Sold www.keithtilley.co.uk

Sunlight on Loch Calder

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Sunlight on Loch Calder - watercolour, 17 x 25 cm   www.keithtilley.co.uk  

Maiden Pap and Berriedale Water

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Maiden Pap and Berriedale Water - watercolour, 13 x 18 cm www.keithtilley.co.uk 

Strabeg Bothy

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Strabeg Bothy - watercolour, 25 x 36 cm   One of the many remote dwellings, throughout Scotland, that have been turned into mountain refuges. They are maintained by The Mountain Bothies Association .   www.keithtilley.co.uk

The Gorge at Prisoner's Leap

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The Gorge at Prisoner's Leap - watercolour, 36 x 25 cm  The spectacular gorge in Dunbeath Strath, where a prisoner is said to have escaped by leaping across the chasm. www.keithtilley.co.uk

Sun Breaking Through at Loch More

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Sun Breaking Through at Loch More - watercolour, 16 x 26 cm I love it when a grey winter day is suddenly transformed as the sun drops below the cloud level, and lights up the landscape.   www.keithtilley.co.uk

Below Ben Dorrery

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Below Ben Dorrery - watercolour, 17 x 26 cm Ben Dorrery which, in the flat countryside of Caithness, looks bigger than it actually is. The views from the top, looking over the vast peatlands of the Flow Country, are spectacular. www.keithtilley.co.uk  

A Flow Country Sky

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A Flow Country Sky - watercolour, 16 x 26 cm The Caithness Flows are definitely 'Big-Sky' country! The lack of trees, and the flat landscape, mean that the sky is completely open over the whole field of view. I've never been so aware of cloud formations and changing weather, as I have since I have lived here. www.keithtilley.co.uk  

A Farm Near Camster

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A Farm Near Camster - watercolour, 16 x 26 cm   A marginal landscape, where grazing farmland transitions into the vast peat bog of the Flow Country. Sold.   www.keithtilley.co.uk

Duncansby Head

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Duncansby Head - watercolour, 25 x 36 cm   The most north-easterly point on the British mainland. www.keithtilley.co.uk  

The old Man of Hoy

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The Old Man of Hoy - watercolour, 16 x 26 cm    This iconic rock stack stands below the towering cliffs on the west side of the island of Hoy, where it is exposed to the full force of winter storms from the Atlantic. The basalt rocks at its base give it some protection, but I wonder how long it will be before sea-level rise, and the effects of the weather topple this venerable old man! www.keithtilley.co.uk

Glen Sligachan

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Glen Sligachan - watercolour, 16 x 26 cm The rugged River Sligachan on the Isle of Skye, with Sgurr nan Gillean behind. The nearby Sligachan Hotel was a base for some of the early mountaineers in Scotland.  www.keithtilley.co.uk

A Highland Waterfall

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A Highland Waterfall - watercolour, 18 x 13 cm www.keithtilley.co.uk

A Broken Wall

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A Broken Wall - watercolour, 16 x 26 cm   It's sad to see old stone walls falling down and not being rebuilt. The fences that replace them are more cost-effective, but they don't provide any shelter for livestock, and they don't form a habitat for birds and small mammals.  www.keithtilley.co.uk  

Outbuidings in Snow

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  Outbuildings in the Snow - watercolour, 17 x 26 cm www.keithtilley.co.uk

Snow Shadows

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  Snow Shadows - watercolour, 17 x 26 cm www.keithtilley.co.uk

Sunshine and Shower Clouds

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  Sunshine and Shower Clouds - watercolour, 26 x 36 cm www.keithtilley.co.uk

Hay Bales in the Snow

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  Hay Bales in the Snow - watercolour, 17 x 26 cm www.keithtilley.co.uk

Morven in Snow Cover

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Morven in Snow Cover - watercolour, 13 x 18 cm   www.keithtilley.co.uk