Well, I've just got back from a few days away along the Moray Firth and down the Great Glen. This was a family holiday, so I didn't do a great deal of painting but did a lot of walking instead - up to 10 miles a day! This didn't leave a lot of time for art but after a walk one afternoon I painted the mouth of Nairn Harbour - the Maggot. It's just a little painting at 10.5 x 7" and it was painted on a very crowded harbour wall with tourists everywhere! As usual, quite a lot of people were interested in the painting, from passing judgement (when it was half done!) to telling me all about their own painting experiences. It was great fun, and I actually spent more time chatting than painting. Even a group of teenagers who were playing in the water and diving off the harbour walls came over for a look and a chat. I think a lot of people are put off open-air painting because they're worried about other people thinking their work isn't good. My advice is just have a go - it's great fun, relaxing, and I've never had anyone comment negatively - even years ago when I was just starting out. Oh, and if you're wondering why this crowded harbour has been shown with only a single person in it, please have a look at the painting's page for the reason why.
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.