This is a painting of the Nirmod maritime patrol aircraft, which went out of RAF service in 2011 - even though the replacement aircraft was built and ready to enter service within a year. Such a shame. I love this aircraft, and I think that shows in what is an affectionate painting!
Today it's been something a bit looser: 'Looking Towards St Giles, Elgin'. This was great fun, but it's harder to stay loose than it looks! I enjoyed a few stern words with myself about leaving the detail out and suggesting it instead. Refreshing!
My new painting: 'The Ruins of Elgin Cathedral', watercolour, 14 x 10" (36 x 24 cm). This ruined cathedral, abandoned since 1560, stands near the centre of the Moray town of Elgin. This is the second time I have painted it, the first from a different view near the house at bottom left. This is more the 'classic' view, with the east wall prominent. I hope it does the beautiful old building justice. It has been a mild winter, with little snow and, from an artist's perspective, that's a bit disappointing! I love the snow and the effects it creates! In this case, I was looking for a good way to break up the large expanses of stonework in this view, and was keen to give the scene a covering of snow. This is the result. I particularly enjoyed the loose, hazy background of trees in beautiful but ethereal purples and browns!
I'm going to have to create a new gallery called something like 'The Nostalgia Archives' or something similar! Following on from 'Childhood Remembered', this is another painting from my childhood's stamping ground. This time, though, it's painted from life on a recent visit, so the scene is fairly accurate (probably only those who know the area would spot the slight change I've made to make the composition work!). This is only a little painting but I so enjoyed painting it in this loose style. Many of the trees here are beech, and I wanted the reds and browns to sing out against the snow. I really like this little one, and I hope you do to!
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.