It's another glorious summer evening and I know I am very lucky to live such a beautiful place and to be able to take time to paint it. There is inspiration wherever I look, all of these photos were taken within feet of my studio.
|Tamsin on the beach|
|Double rainbow at Attadale|
The light is always changing. Since I started this post it's gone from warm and pinkish, to grey to back to warmer oranges, to deep ultramarine blue, so I take my camera and sketchbook with with me wherever I go and try to capture an impression of it.
Lately I've been fascinated with reflections, my biggest problem is trying to capture the ever changing light and colours of the landscape, and much of that is reflected in water
|flowers on the loch|
Loch Carron is a sea loch, but that loch is often very still, mirroring the sky and the hills on the other side of the loch. Flowers on the loch, tries to capture that stillness. The sky is pale and the hills are mirrored in the loch
|Granella on the shore|
Every Wednesday and Sunday, Lochcarron Sailing Club takes its dinghies on the loch. The club has taught hundreds of children to sail over the years on waters which can be quite difficult. Sailing in light airs (as in my painting) is quite a challenge. I liked the contrast of the white boats against the dark greens and browns in the reflections on the loch
|Red sail on a still loch|
|Lochcarron village and Wellington's Nose|
|Sailing at Attadale|
The final painting was done from a couple of sketches and some photographs taken from an upstairs window of my house. I loved the bright colours of the kayaks reflected in the still clear waters of the loch.
I still don't think I've managed to adequately capture the beauty of this amazing place, but I do keep trying! The trees are beginning to change colours now and I shall definitely be out trying to capture the flavour of this time of stunning beauty.