Snowy Woods – Watercolour
latest updates: Almondell Park
Almondell Trees – Watercolour
From a sketch made sitting next to the River Almond on a hot sunny day
Damaged Beech Tree – Study in Ink
Been in a bit of a rut recently so, when all else fails, go back to Almondell Park.
Workmen are still clearing up after last winter’s storm
and it looks as if this old favourite will be next for the chop. The top 30% was torn away and its only now that the foresters can get near it as masses of debris had to be cleared first.
After the flood – Watercolour
The title sound like a bob Dylan number but this is meant to depict the River Almond, in Almondell Park after some of the heaviest rain in living memory. A severe downpour on July 4th raised the river’s level and she burst her banks in many places. Thankfully the floods have subsided somewhat and pools, like this one, are gradually giving up their water and returning it to the main river.
Almondell Park Viewpoint – Watercolour
A watercolour of my previous post which was used as a tonal sketch.
This is a favourite spot of mine. There is a seat, (not shown here), next to the River Almond where one can sit quietly, contemplating nature and all things beyond our comprehension. Years ago, this very spot, helped me to recover from a long illness and I found myself sitting quietly there last month as well. It still has the same therapeutic qualities. Thank you, Almondell, once again!
Visitor Centre in Snow – Watercolour with some acrylic
This was done after our first fall of snow late last year. Its the visitor Centre in Almondell Park and this attempts to show my favourite elm tree. After last week’s storms I, tentatively ventured into this place and was delighted to see this old friend had survived the winds despite many others being flattened.
Almondell Park – Watercolour with Waterbrushes
Practising with waterbrushes on location. This is very loose probably because I had just cycled 7 miles to get to this spot. The things we old guys do.
Peaceful Places # 2 – Inktense and watercolour
This seat, or “bench” as they are are known here, allows a traveller to sit quietly next to the River Almond in Almondell Park. Its been a favourite spot of mine for many years. A long time ago, I was recovering from a lengthy illness and I used to come here and listen to the river meandering past while the sound of the many birds would echo in the trees. A magical place which is dear to me.
The Old Viaduct, Almondell Park – Watercolour
After 30 or so posts, where I have experimented with different media such as charcoal, pastel and even using just pencil, I’ve come full circle and returned to watercolour. This is the medium I started to paint in all these years ago and is still my favourite. The experiment, however, has been useful in as much as I now know – and appreciate that it is OK to mix stuff for certain effects. It would be interesting to see what others think and what experience they have of using “mixed media”.
Another scene from the Park. This is an old viaduct, probably dating back to the mid 1800′s and probably used to carry a light rail line over the River Almond about 80 feet below. There are many similar structures in my part of the world some connected with the Union Canal which I’ve painted many times. The link should take you to some of the Aqueducts near to where I stay so you can compare and contrast the structures.
The last link – the Almond Aqueduct, features highly in my memory. Special barges, narrow boats kitted out for handicapped passengers are based here in Ratho and offer excursions along the canal. I once had the honour of steering the barge over this aqueduct and was told, by the “Skipper” that anyone, on their first shot in charge, who managed to get the boat across without touching the sides would receive a coin. I actually made it and he tossed the coin in my direction. Of course, I failed to catch it and its still at the bottom of the canal.