Thursday, 22 March 2012

Hi from the Highlands...

Well, our week is nearly over. Friday is our last full day in our idyllic little cottage in this most beautiful part of Scotland. (Don't worry, I'll be boring you all with my usual travel review once we get home and sort out our photos next week!)

We've been incredibly lucky with the weather and only had 1day when it rained. I took advantage of that to try to get some more rainy window photos to use as inspiration for my Nature's Magic series of paintings. We were driving right across the North coast that day and spotted a rainbow visible in the sky above some distant hills and so, while S got out of the car to get some shots of it, I stayed in the car and took afew shots trying to focus on the rain drops on the window instead.

I brought my acrylic paints and a couple of tiny blank canvasses with me and once S had uploaded the photos to his laptop I used them as inspiration for another teeny tiny painting which I worked on in the afternoons when we got back from our exploratory drives and long beach walks. Sorry for the photo quality but I had to use my tab so I could upload it direct to Blogger.

I'm linking as always to Paint Party Friday although I'm not sure how to do a hyperlink on my tab so apologies if it doesn't work!

We're totally in love with the North of Scotland and even though the Northern Lights have only put on the briefest show for us so far (the night we arrived) even if we don't see them in all their glory, we've still had the best week in this beautiful part of Britain. That said, we're still keeping our fingers crossed for another glimpse before it's time to go home.

21 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you're having a wonderful holiday, it sounds wonderful.Your painting is beautiful, I love the rainy windows series you're doing,

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  2. These paintings are just so wonderful and I am loving seeing them as they are created... you have mastered those water droplets... hope the lights put in an appearance for the last night and glad you had a great break...xx

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  3. Lucky you relaxing in the country. :) Sounds like you're having a fantastic time and this little rainy canvas looks beautiful. :)

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  4. Better a brief show than no show! I stayed in a very small Inn at John O Groats a few years back - That's where I began my bike ride to Lands End. We arrived there early evening and it was fairly light - and it stayed that way the entire night! It was really strange being so light right the way through until the morning! It was the strangest place. There must of been only one small house every few miles - and yet when we got to the Pub right at the end of John O Groats, it was packed! Where on earth did all of the people come from? I hope those lights put on a nice finale for you :0)

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  5. Beautiful paintings Pointy Pix. So pleased you are having a wonderful time in beautiful Scotland. Happy PPF and enjoy the weekend, Annette x

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  6. Those raindrops are so real and beautiful! Great work! I'm having a hard time to learn to paint water droplets ...

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  7. Your painting came out great! Can't wait to see your photos of Scotland you lucky duck ( no pun intended,lol!).

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  8. Excellent painting ~ I can feel the highlands and heather of Scotland ~thanks, wishing you a great weekend ~ namaste, carol ^_^

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  9. I LOVE painting when on vacation/holiday ... rain or shine or snow! So happy you are having a good time. Beautiful little canvas creation ... you captured those rain drops very well! xoxo

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  10. I love the colors in this painting. I think it's my favorite so far! 'Glad you had such a great vacation.

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  11. Sigh...Northern Scotland, sweet little cottage, and painting. Paradise I tell ya. Your rainy paintings just get more and more fantastic.

    By the way, Reese and I are from the same town, except she grew up on the private school/ country club side and I grew up on the housing project/beer joint side. Other than that, (and the stardom) parallel lives.

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  12. I love this rainy painting. It has such a nice feel to it. Beautiful work and lucky you in Northern Scotland! Happy PPF!

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  13. This is really lovely.

    Happy PPF!

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  14. Lovely rainy painting, the droplets are looking awesome! Happy PPF!

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  15. I love rain and your painting is stunning. So clever the droplets are brilliant.
    hugs
    Chris x

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  16. Scotland, exploratory drives, long beach walks, rainbows, a bit of painting - it all sounds like the perfect holiday! Hope you did see some more Northern Lights before you left! Great painting, the rain drops look so real!

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  17. sounds so wonderful! and your painting with the rain drops is amazing!

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  18. I love these series of paintings. They are awesome! And yes every American is Irish on St Patty's Day! We all turn Green!!! And have awesome parades. I am not sure why it all started. My family is English. I wish we had English day. So for now I will pretend that I am Irish on St Patty's day. Go Green is everyway!

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  19. I hope by the time you read this you have had another view of the northern lights! (I would love to have a look someday) Maybe they'll find their way into one of your beautiful paintings :)

    I think this series you are creating is absolutely fabulous and I love both the mini versions and the larger companion painting from your other post! (The eye painting in that post is magnificent as well... Wow!)

    I am looking forward to seeing the paintings your magical sounding trip inspires!

    Safe travels...

    xo
    Kristin

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  20. I really like your rain paintings. And you do seem to go on a lot of drips. I'm jealous. You can do a rain series from around the world. :)

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  21. well I for one LOVE your travel pics! and these little canvases as well!

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