Still some snow on the Pentland Hills – Watercolour
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Pentland Hills under Snow – Watercolour
Much of the west of Scotland was hit by heavy blizzards last Friday and many communities are still without power and are cut off. It was much quieter here in the east of the country although the Pentland Hills, to the south of Edinburgh, had a fair amount of snow. This week has been marked by a bitterly cold easterly wind which belies the fact that it is now officially springtime.
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.
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.
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.
Another Pentland sunrise – Watercolour
I’ve posted this, not just to show more sunrise colour but to explain a wee bit of how these hills effect Edinburgh’s weather.
This view is looking south with the east side of the range of hills coming to an abrupt end. In fact this area is called “Hillend”. The white area, to the right of the summits is the Hillend Dry Ski Slope. Its near here that I learned to snow and ice climb in the 1960′s but am too old, or wise, to attempt this now.
Edinburgh lies behind the viewer and weather, coming from the west (and from the Atlantic Ocean) will be channelled by these hills which can bring mild yet wet conditions. If north or east winds blow then the same hills can act as a barrier and direct snow towards the city while south winds will shelter it. At the moment there is very cold weather over much of Europe caused by high pressure blocking westerly flows. If this persists then the moist air will meet the cold, easterly, continental air and we will get snow. This is already happening as the tops of the Pentlands are white but this weekend might just see our first real winter weather. Its cold enough, with today’s temperature around -4C all day after night time levels of -8C. It could get to -10C tonight but this is nothing like the frigid conditions Easter Europe is enduring at the moment.
Maybe our skiers will be able to dispense with the artificial slopes after tomorrow
Sunrise #2 but looking westwards – Watercolour
The previous post attempted to show the effects that the rising sun has on any low clouds. It also effects views looking away from the sun. As the dawn breaks the light shines straight into anything facing it and bathes it in a warm glow. This is why there are lots of warm reds in this scene. The was a slight covering of snow when this was attempted, the first of this year and, hopefully, not the last. I suppose this, and the previous post, vindicates the old saying :
Red shy at night, Shepherds’ delight
Red sky in morning, Shepherds’ warning.
Meaning that, in our country the prevailing weather is from the west so if you look to the east, highlighted clouds are heading away from you taking bad conditions while looking to the west cloudy conditions, with rain or snow might be approaching.
Eastern sunrise # 1 – Watercolour
This is the time of year for colour in our skies. As the sun rises, in the east just behind the Pentland Hills to the south of Edinburgh, any clouds catch the changing light and produce terrific colours and tones. This was something like this morning’s view. Its quite difficult to actually get any definite scene as the colours change quite quickly and there is a tendency to wait to see if a better range appears. The view in the opposite direction is quite different and my next post will try to demonstrate this.
Ruined Cottages – Pastel and Charcoal
This uses the same techniques as described in my previous post with some exceptions. The variations in tone were obtained by watering the “slurry”pastel mix with different amounts of water or by overworking with a glaze of the same density of mix. The last stage is handy towards the end of a section – such as a wall, as going over the whole area, with a thin dark coat, seems to tie all the bricks and stonework together. The white highlights were removed last using a small electric eraser which is great for pin-prick precision. You can see these down the side of the fence posts, on some of the stone walls and in the trees.
This scene was captured during John’s visit to Scotland in January. The cottages, in question, are old farm buildings and lie at the foot of the Pentland Hills where we walked one sunny afternoon.