Spring is in the air, would also really recommend This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki to read and not put colour coordinated plant pots on.
The “Beehive” House on the former Co-operative building on Durie Street, Leven
The Church, remnants of a 12th century church.
A sundial in Letham Glen.
A few of some recent watercolours for an interpretive panel for Fife Council. It was one of those perfect jobs to travel somewhere new, make some drawings and photos and do some watercolours later on.
Great to be back life drawing again. I normally start with a pencil outline that I transfer to the canvas. Recently I’ve been jumping straight into paint. I still do an outline in burnt umber with a small brush rather than go straight into values.
For someone who likes planning things out its been an eye opener painting in this way.
Still working directly in paint straight away. I usually paint just a section of the model normally like a shoulders to hips view. I felt like I was on the verge of something clicking in my head while I was painting this, like rather than painting a figure you’re painting how a person fits in space, a presence. It’s difficult to explain exactly what I’m meaning as its a perceptual shift. I’ll try and explain it further if I can figure it out a bit.
The final part of my Isle of Skye residency, some more studies. I’ll develop these later on for an upcoming exhibition at Single Track in spring.
I got slightly obsessed with the shape of the thatched cottages especially in contrast with the Skye landscape and light blue of the sea. Even on overcast days the light sand would reflect the light under the sea giving it a beautiful shade of blue. This cottage was from the Museum of Rural Life.
Another thatched cottage study.
A church near Skeaborst.
A back view of the Storr.
The Single Track will be opening again on Sunday 5th April (tbc) where I’ll be exhibiting some new Skye watercolours.
A contemporary art gallery & espresso bar in the north of the Isle of Skye.
Isle of Skye, IV51 9UL
I was staying at Willie McLeod’s House a beautiful self catering cottage on the Trotternish peninsula. Here’s a view from the front door on the last day I was staying there.
I can’t wait to visit again.
Trying out my new coffee hand grinder with some Carvetti beans a good start to the day. For a couple of days I took a step back from sightseeing and tried to approach Skye from another angle than its greatest scenic hits.
I kept noticing many of the bus stops have handy chairs in them.
The petrol station and local Mackenzie store is nice to pop in for some life saving warm snacks and friendly chat after visiting Slipway beach.
I visited Slipway beach near Staffin a few times to see if I could find any fossils and check out the dinosaur footprints. I couldn’t find either but it was still worth a look. By the pier its pretty impressive when its stormy a good place to check out dramatic waves.
I sent this small watercolour postcard at the Brogaig post office, its has am interesting interior full of cubby holes to place mail for the locals. I’d usually ask if I could sit down and draw but felt for a change I’d pass this time, it felt like i’d be imposing too much.
And finishing the post coffee at Café Sia in Broadford, they also roast their own beans.