Friday, 31 July 2015

'Gairloch - sand and sea'

Earlier in the week summer
 briefly returned to the West Coast and Gairloch
beach looked particularly inviting as a turquoise
 tide crept over sun bleached sands.


Saturday, 27 June 2015

Loch a' Chroisg to Achnasheen

A shower catches Sgurr a' Ghlas Leathaid  above Achnasheen
as  early morning light behind it's west flank shades the mountain
a luminous blue.  On the way to Inverness this isolated corbet
looks perfectly composed at the head of Loch a' Chroisg.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Sun breaks through over Glen Docherty

The weather during May has been challenging - cold and showery.
 But these are often the perfect conditions for splendid views. 
A mountain side lit by breaks in a dark sky and luminous
 with  rain washed colours.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Loch Tollie towards Beinn Airigh Charr

Although you rarely see cars stopping except for fishermen
this is one of my favourite views in the district. The tiny wooded
eilean seems to point a finger towards the  Fisherfield peaks beyond
Bienn Airigh Charr. Light from the south bathes the distant glens.


Friday, 24 April 2015

Breaking light - Gairloch Beach

Back painting just as the reliable sunny weather gives way to moody skies.
painting size 11cm x 11cm (approx.41/2" x 41/2")
framed size 28cm x 28cm (approx. 11" x 11") 


Sunday, 23 November 2014

Big Sand winter morning

Cool, clear weather with the whole beach to ourselves.
You feel as if you want to keep walking all day.
 I put Lyn and myself in this little painting
 of the distant Torridons.
painting size 11cm x 7cm (4 1/2" x 3" approx.)
framed size 26cm x 22cm (10" x 9")

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Calm seas from Lonemore towards Baosbheinn

 Misty views with soft autumn
 sunlight for several weeks. It has rained just
once or twice and very considerately at night.
painting size 18cm x 13cm (7" x 5" approx.)
framed size 30cm x 24cm (12" x 91/2" approx.)

Saturday, 16 August 2014

'Evening light towards Longa Island'

 Evening sunsets begins to approach Longa Island
on their journey south - a peaceful interlude between
days of unsettled weather.
painting size 8cm x 15cm (approx. 3" x 6")
framed size 23cm x 29cm (9" x 11")


Saturday, 2 August 2014

Loch Maree from the road to Poolewe

Tollie Farm has the most picturesque setting against the
 distant perspective and changing light over Loch Maree.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Blue sky and stony crofts - Melvaig

 'Blue sky and stony croft at Melvaig'    
Sunny days have dried
 and bleached the landscape giving a
continental look to Melvaig croft houses.
 An unusually turquoise sea at the moment
adds to the  Mediterranean feel.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Towards the Western Isles from Melvaig

Evening light over a quiet sea.
 Looking down from high above the shore,
 this huge expanse of open water dwarfs
 distant ships moving along the Minch.



Sunday, 2 March 2014

Sand, sea and dark sky

   After a trip to Dingwall, a stroll over An Ard to Gairloch beach
seemed the way to unwind. Bright winter light over the
 beach and surf was backed by a spreading dark bank of cloud to
 produce these impressive contrasts.


Saturday, 1 February 2014

Silvery light over Loch Maree

No snow around to brighten up the January
 landscape, but the silvery reflections across the
 quiet expanse of Loch Maree remain as
 beautifully clear as ever.


Thursday, 12 December 2013

December sky over Beinn Alligin

I had a small painting commission of Loch Torridon,
and while looking around did some sketches as the clouds broke
 and rolled around the tops. No snow this week but deep blues
 in the distant glens beneath giant brooding peaks.


Thursday, 28 November 2013

'Silver Birch trees at Loch Maree'

Autumn colour is on the wane, but everywhere set against this
 darkening landscape is the lovely Birch tree. I think towards the end
 of November it looks at its best with streaked and luminous
 white bark, and shining confetti of orange and yellow leaves.


Thursday, 14 November 2013

Late autumn light over Little Loch Broom

One of my favourite highland panoramas.
 Looking down on Little Loch Broom after the long
 climb from Gruinard Bay crests the hill behind Badcaul.
  These few houses perfectly silhouetted against the
 bright expanse of water lead your eye round
the shore to distant Dundonnell.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Loch Torridon from Ardheslaig

Ardheslaig is a sheltered inlet and a cluster of houses before the coast
 road to Applecross begins. Walking over the hill and looking back
the way we had come was particularly rewarding.
In wild, cyclonic weather
  the drama of Loch Torridon, where so many mountains meet
 the sea, made for some memorable moments. 


Thursday, 17 October 2013

'Autumn - Glen Docherty'

Mid October and Glen Docherty shows off its stunning autumn colour.
 Low sunlight slants across the south facing slopes illuminating the rusty
 orange bracken, and turning patches of dark heather to burnt umber.
painting size  13cm x 9cm (71/2" x 5" approx)
framed size 36cm x 30cm (14" x 12" approx)

Thursday, 19 September 2013

'Autumn evening towards the Isle of Skye'

  This time of the year is special.
 From Gairloch, the sun, in the middle of its journey south, 
sets over the Trotternish penisular on Skye, and on a still evening
 the bay is divided in two by its reflection. Wind and showers for the
 last ten days made this week's beautiful sun-down particularly welcome.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

'Lichen stone'

Monotonous, drizzly weather for the
 first three days of this week was the opportunity
 to work in the studio interpreting this wonderful square stone.
I'd carried it down from the slopes of Beinn Alligin years ago
 and kept it in daily view near the back door.
 Despite its change of location, the coloured patterns
 of lichen remain as vivid as ever.
painting size 5" x 5" approx (12cm x 12cm)
framedsize 11" x 11" approx (27cm x 27cm)