Winter has arrived in the Highlands, although that's probably no surprise in mid-November! I woke up this morning to a beautiful blue day after an overnight snowfall and I just knew I had to get out and paint. The only problem was that it was just below freezing with a stiff breeze that really made it feel cold. Wiser men would have dressed better for the conditions. Most would have advised those with very little hair to at least wear a hat! Undeterred by these considerations I duly ventured out and froze! In fact, I like the cold. The main problem was the paint, which refused to dry under these conditions and actually started to freeze on the paper. The only way I could dry it was by taking the painting back to the car between washes and blasting it with the heating system! Here's the result: 'Boat O'Brig Crossing', where the railway crosses the River Spey in the distance on a beautiful old metal bridge amidst the splendour of the Spey Valley.
For entertainment value, I thought I'd add this picture of me doing the painting today. Check out the red nose! For obvious reasons, I don't usually include pictures of myself but I did find my almost total lack of preparation amusing and thought it would add an interesting addendum. I propped my camera on the other gatepost but you can probably get an idea of my photography skills from the fact I only have half a head. Here you can see my expensive equipment - left hand used to grip pad and hold palette while numb right hand paints! I can almost hear my mother saying 'Put a hat on, idiot!' Well, I loved it Mum...
A professional artist living and working in the beautiful north of Scotland. My work is realistic and quite traditional, though strongly interpretational in nature. My inspiration is the beauty of Nature, and the wonderful colours and moods she shows everywhere.