Wild flowers

Wild flowers

Last weekend I drove to Kilmalcolm and picked up some wild flowers I found by the side of the road for a painting. I love how the roadside verges really come into life at this time of year, I missed the classics like fox gloves, thistles, knapweeds and willow herbs and drew the smaller plants like hare bells, smooth hawksbeard, red campion and buttercups.

Wild flowers - starting

Wild flowers - progress

Wild flowers - detail

Freya, dancer

Freya, dancer

Inspired by Degas’ studies for the little Dancer I experimented with using charcoal and watercolour together as well as working in a large scale A1 (for me)

Nerea

Nerea

Forth Bridge

Forth Bridge

If you go down to North Queensferry to look at the Forth Bridge you generally go down to the shore to get the “classic” view. Its well worth walking past/under the bridge where you can get a different view point a bit further along the coast.

St Salvators Quadrangle St Andrews

St Salvators Quadrangle St Andrews

The chapel was founded in 1450 and is a beautiful example of Late Gothic architecture. I’d like to go back and draw the street facing side as well as the amazing tree next door.

Holy Trinity Church, St Andrews

Holy Trinity Church, St Andrews

This was one of those buildings that I felt was defined by what is around it as much as the church itself. I really liked the market streets that surrounded it as well as the old fashioned book store next door that looked like it was from Shakespearean England. I think that was why I did a long panorama to include these.

Sugar Beet Factory, Cupar

Sugar Beet Factory, Cupar

The Sugar Beet Factory near Cupar. The factory/silo was built after the first world war to store sugar beets after a sugar shortage, it closed in 1971.

Harbourmaster’s House, Dysart

Harbourmaster's House, Dysart

A beautiful 17th century harbour, this was featured in the recent Outlander tv series. Its well worth a visit for some scenic views, the water is an incredible blue/green. I’d check out the wall thats on the opposite side of this view, its just full of character and could be good for a picture in itself!

Harbourmaster’s House

St Andrews Cathedral

St Andrews Cathedral

The remains of the 12C it was Scotland’s largest and most magnificent medieval church.

Kingsbarns Distillery

Kingsbarns Distillery a whisky distillery in a restored nineteenth century farm. Its got an unusual style looking like an old fort with its miniature fortified towers. Its has the original doocot which I didn’t have time to check out when I visited but would love to check out further when I go again.

Kingsbarns Distillery