My work recently has featured a lot of bright, sunny days, with quite a lot 'going on'. I thought it was time for a return to a different atmosphere, and there's nothing I like painting more than a gentle and peaceful sunset!
For this I have returned to a favourite spot of mine - Lossiemouth, a small town on the Moray Firth coast just a few miles from where I live. here, we are looking across the River Lossie on its final run to the sea: the river turns right after it flows under the bridge and empties into the sea by the edge of the town just behind the sand dune on the right of the painting.
The Moray Firth coast gets its share of mist and fog, mainly due to the Haar, a fog which rolls in off the sea and varies from a light mist to a real 'pea-souper!' Here I have applied only a light mist, allowing the sunset to shine through, lending its wonderful colours to the low cloud and reflecting them in the river and on the sand. The town and distant buildings around the harbour are rendered indistinct by the mist - one of my favourite aspects of watercolour!
I hope this all gives an overall impression of serenity and harmony, as the river flows gently past and the sun shines softly through the mist. I enjoyed getting a little atmospheric!
The original is available, and prints will be available soon - see my Coastline Gallery for details.
Wow - it seems ages since I last posted here. Sorry, there's been lots going on! But I've been busy with more paintings of the beautiful coastline around where I live:
This is the latest one: 'Hopeman Harbour from the Headland', watercolour, 52 x 34 cm - it's in my Coastline Gallery. I'm really enjoying painting the local landscapes at this larger size - there's so much opportunity for detail and atmosphere! I think you can probably tell that what attracted me to this scene (apart from the beautiful view) was the variety of colours in the water. Hopeman beach is quite rocky, and I wanted to capture the contrast between the greeny-blues of the sandy bottom against the submerged rocks and seaweed, with the sand under the water lit up by the sunshine. I really enjoyed painting this sea! The scene is also very close to life, and I hope I've captured the essence of this pretty little seaside town and harbour here on the Moray Firth.
I think this will be my last Hopeman scene for a while - this has really wetted my appetite for painting more of the stunning views along this Jurassic coastline!
The original of this painting is available, as well as prints in two sizes.
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.