Regular readers will know that I enjoy working on slightly larger paper sizes. Sometimes, though, it's fun to go smaller, and this painting is truly tiny, at just a little over 9 x 5" (24 x 14 cm) or so. It shows the Poll Domhain Bay in Wester Ross but is at least a little bit a work of the imagination because when I saw it the tide was out and it was actually a large area of mud and rocks! I thought it would be fun to bring the tide in in my imagination! I like painting small occasionally because it is a good exercise in brushwork. This entire painting was painted with my size 12 kolinsky sable round brush, which I normally use for larger work. Thank goodness for its excellent pointing ability! Using a large brush for a small painting produces a fresh, loose and 'sketchy' feel to the painting, which I find liberating after more complex pieces. There are also only 3 paint colours in this composition, with a tiny splash of a fourth, transparent yellow, to give foreground brightness where the sun is shining. Using a limited palette is a useful way of maintaining harmony in the work: you can see this in the rocks, which are mainly painted with light red, the same colour I have used to grey the ultramarine for the clouds and which I have used to suggest heather throughout the composition. My next work will be a return to larger work - but I've enjoyed the break!
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.