Memories of an evening stroll in winter – Watercolour
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Winter Mountains – Watercolour
Our Scottish mountains can look spectacular at all times of year but especially so in Winter. Most of them are gentle rounded hills with many steep buttresses and gulleys. There are also long ridges as shown towards the left. The right hand side of this small effort is typical of the sudden change from gentle to dangerous and last week a party of six was swept away in an avalanche. Four are dead and one critical. Its sad when the lure of this country can be so dangerous. May God grant those involved safer peaks to attempt in Heaven.
Some snow, more to come – Watercolour with some Gell and Body Paint
Painted in a hurry after this morning’s snow. This shows the view from the end of the road looking south.
Towards the Pentland Hills in snow – Watercolour
Inspired by an early snowfall this morning I decided to try to capture the trees higher up in the Pentland Hills, south of our village. Around the same time I was looking through sheets of wood veneer for a project I’m working on and came across a piece of Magnolia. Eureka! The wood was the same colour as the sky so I now have conifer trees under a magnolia sky.
Snowy Woods – Watercolour
A familiar scene at this time of year when frost or snow seems to add more colour to the local woodlands
Winter Birch – Mainly watercolour with some acrylic body paint
Just a smattering of snow in this woodland scene. Current temperature was around -1C but soon warmed up and the whiteness vanished. Boo!
Frosty Sunrise – Watercolour
This attempts to show what it should be like at this time of year instead of all of this rain we have been enduring. Its a cold, frost morning captured a couple of weeks ago. Happy Christmas, everyone.
Leave me alone – Watercolour
I spotted this heron, last week, sitting on a branch above the River Almond. It glared at me, as I tried to get closer for a photograph, and seemed to say, “Go away. Leave me alone”. It disappeared quite quickly.
The Snow Gauge – Watercolour and Acrylic
Not too much snow here, compared with some of our friends in the States. The only way to attempt my favourite Brrrr scenes is to look back to other years. This is a scene from the winter of 2010 -11. We had record falls of snow then. This was the year that I forgot to put the garden furniture away and we lost it under the stuff. The table, about 4 feet in diameter, started to collect snow, every day, which I measured. John, jokingly referred to it as the “Snow Gauge”. We ended up with almost 40” of snow that winter. There is still time for that record to be beaten – and for more paintings.