On the edge of the North Sea and 18 miles north of Aberdeen, Scotland is the little village of Collieston where we made our home for the month of September, along with four dear friends. Because we love wild Scotland, we wanted to live in it instead of driving through it. So we rented a beautiful house on the edge of the expansive Forvie Nature Reserve, 100 yards from the cliffs above the North Sea, unpacked our bags and settled in.
Collieston was a perfect home base for local exploration: walks in the dunes, golf on beautiful links courses, castles and gardens, whiskey and seafood. The village couldn't have been sweeter and the local people were so kind and welcoming of our American invasion to their community. We made new friendships, lots of beautiful memories, and I was able to do several new paintings. The gracious weather made outdoor painting possible and indoor painting logical when the wind was blowing.
Some of the "works in progress" while I was in Scotland:
Oof! My hands were so cold! The wind was picking up and soon I was packing my gear to finish the plein air sketch in our warm house.
I invite you to watch this slideshow of the paintings from Scotland. On each of the images, I've written a few thoughts on what about that scene made me want to paint it. Size and price varies, but all paintings are 8x10 or smaller, oil on linen panel, unframed. Free shipping.
To see these paintings more closely, click here.
It was a privilege and joy to spend a whole month in the village of Collieston and explore the beauty of Aberdeenshire. Please do contact me with any questions or post a comment on this blog. Thanks for reading!
Hello! My name is Wendy and I am passionate about oil painting! Whether in the studio or out in Mother Nature, I get lost in the experience of capturing on canvas the moment and the feel of what I am painting. I pour my love and energy into every single piece of artwork and I hope it shows! This blog is a place where I can use words to talk about art, painting, life, faith, things that make me laugh, and things that inspire. I love every response, so don't be shy about leaving a comment...