North coast 500

These are working paintings for my show in Inverness for September 2019

Bay at Applecross

Just a few buildings appear in this composition with beautiful colours, seaweed and mountainside. General mapping out beginning with a simple pencil drawing and colour applied with a spatula.  Here I started adding some details of the seaweed pieces. Now adding the...

Loch and distant mountains

This was another beautiful place that deserved to be painted, moody skies and distant mountains . In my mind today, actually from yesterday, was to create some very expressive pieces. I began by making a pencil plan of where the main components, then set to work with...

Ardvreck Castle

A lovely castle ruin that I had to paint situated in this beautiful surrounding. All colours and shapes blocked in and ready for the next ...

Highland Mountain

This mountain was one that was seen at many different viewpoints as you go around it almost as you travel on. At the very beginning, some colours blocked...

Glen

Passing through the beautiful Scottish landscape you probably will see this place, or somewhere similar. This is to a level where I am ready to start adding the real details or take it in another direction.    ...

Rogie Falls

This area is very beautiful with the falls and everything around it. I have concentrated on the main falls in this location for this painting. The first part of this painting is the prepare a black gesso surface to work from instead of the white. You have to make a...

Golden wave at Ullapool

At Ullapool my friend and I got the full blast of wind across the campgrounds where we stayed,  storm "Hector". Good thing was it whipped up the sea and there were some nice waves I managed to capture during "Golden Hour". The canvas is first prepared by applying a...

Watercolour paintings.

A selection of Watercolours that I have finished.   "Southern entrance to Loch Ness", Fort Augustus. 16.5cm x 24.5cm Watercolour "Victoria Falls" 23cm x 17cm...

Bay

Coming down over a hill opened up this wonderful bay full of colour. The sky has been blocked in and details added to the clouds. The next step was the sea, with quite a few tonal changes going on there. With details added to the sea and the sand area added, I turned...

John O Groats

It was great timing to see a boat coming into the harbour at John O Groats on a lovely day.  At this point the whole of the painting has been blocked in and details added to all areas, sorry I forgot to get pictures to this point....

Loch

This lake we came across and I had to run down to it and get some reference for this painting. The initial drawing is made and the sky is number one for work and cloud details. The next stage is the find the darkest shade of the lake colour and block it in to build on...

Duncansby Stacks (long)

The Stacks, when you see these it's an amazing sight to behold.  The first stage of this painting was to get the sky blocked in with the clouds and to block in the sea. Work has been done to the sea, with cliffs added after the main of the sky has been completed....

“Duncansby Stacks” 50cm x 50cm

The Stacks are found on the North East coast and are spectacular! I am working on this square format, something more expressive for this painting. These are sections showing the first layer of paint. From here I began to add some forms, blocking in the stacks with...

Mountain stream

A beautiful mountain stream that we found along the road, so many sights like this.  I had a lot of fun with this painting up to this point, working in a semi loose fashion to get the feeling of the elements, the texture of the land.  ...

Deer

This is a painting of a deer trying to eat leaves from the trees near to a camp ground. Beautiful to see this deer up close. The main objective after the initial drawing was to block in the basic layout. The field in the back ground added and some leaf work. Adding...

Cliff near to the Stacks

I have blocked in the grass and the sea areas to this canvas, and now working on the details of the sea.   A detail of the sea. Its important to get the right movement as the sea currents are moving around, plus also I need this to look like a view from above....

Tree at Applecross

I have already blocked in the sky and the land, now adding the tree and the details to follow.   You can see the details of the sea and the waves appearing here.   Adding the foliage to the tree that is prominent in this painting, yet will not be...

Small paintings and sketches

These small paintings have a dual purpose; to get the idea of the image and also to sort the colours out. They make painting in their own right of course. This image comes from a beautiful view across the bay here. Ullapool...a little artistic license used for the...