Paintings from March 2021

What a bumper crop of cards, drawings and paintings our members produced this month. You took the subjects suggested and got very creative, several members producing more than one picture. Well done all of you, they are fantastic paintings!

For the Scotland theme Susan used watercolours to paint Eilean Donan Castle on Loch Duich in the Western Highlands. She also painted two pictures of Angus, a long haired Highland cow, one in watercolours in a landscape and the other in pen and wash.

For the Easter theme Susan painted St.Margaret’s Church, Hucking, from a walk on the Hucking Estate a Woodland Trust area near Hollingborne.

Jane painted a view in oils of Loch Creran, Argyll and Bute, from the now permanently closed Sea Life Centre.

Dot painted two castles in oils on canvasses 25cm x 20cm. The first is Kilchurn Castle on Loch Awe, Argyll and Bute and the second is Keiss Castle on Nybster Broch in the Highlands.

Dot’s third painting she has called ‘The Flower of Scotland’ as it features Scotland’s national flower, the thistle.

Angela D painted some beautiful Easter cards to send to friends and two of her grandchildren. She also drew a portrait of Sir Walter Scott in pencil, taking about 1 hour 15 minutes.

Steve used watercolours to paint Braemar Castle in Aberdeenshire, just up the road from where the Highland Games are held, on Bockingford paper.

Steve also created a portrait of a lady who appears on our tv screens a lot during news items about Covid-19. She is Linda Bould the Scottish Public Health expert. In oil pastels on pastel paper.

Peter painted a traditional image of Scotland of a red-haired bagpiper in a kilt and tam o’shanter cap.

Tracy painted two Scottish castles in gouache, a medium she’s not used for a couple of years. It was used too watery at first but once mixed to the consistency of single cream gouache goes on to watercolour paper smoothly and evenly. The idea was to make the paintings look like old-fashioned railway posters. The first castle is Dunnottar Castle in Aberdeenshire and the second is Blair Castle in Perthshire.

Tracy painted a grouse in heather using the wet-in-wet watercolour technique for the hazy background, on SAA Saunders Waterford 300gsm watercolour paper. She also created a picture of The Kelpies, 30 metre high horse heads, the largest equine sculptures in the world which are near Falkirk, 30 miles west of Edinburgh. Black ink and a black biro on watercolour paper.

2 thoughts on “Paintings from March 2021

  1. Wow Tracy what lovely work everyone has done. I like your grouse with the background and very interesting your use of gouache! Something perhaps I will have to try. Great theme! Thank you Jane

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    • I’m so impressed with everyone, there’s such a variety here and so well painted!
      My attempts at wet-in-wet are usually a mess as it’s hard to leave the water to dry a little before adding the paint. I was please with the heather background as it worked this time :o)
      I found I was using gouache like watercolour but it does need to be the thickness of single cream and then it goes on to watercolour paper beautifully. I may use it again soon instead of leaving it in a drawer!

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