June 2018

Watercolour wildlife in miniature

This is actually a blog post that I wrote a few months back. Typically, I forgot to post it and was going to delete it. But, considering it contains some paintings of cute animals I thought I would go ahead and post it anyway. Only the bottom three paintings (otter, fox, and bee) are available for sale now.


I had been painting a few miniature wildlife portraits to get my hand back into painting on small scale. With the heat there was not a lot of other work going on. It is amazing how little I want to work when I get too hot. I much prefer a foot of snow on the ground.


Tips for helping wildlife in a heatwave

Scottish Border hills in summer


It has been horrifically hot here. So unusual for Scotland. I believe records were broken - once on Thursday when temperatures got to 31 degrees Celsius and was the hottest day in Scotland for 23 years, and again on Friday when they reached 32 degrees in Glasgow. Even the railway tracks were buckling.


Scottish border hills with gorse


Watercolour landscapes with a stormy feel

We have been having a few stormy days here recently. It has been wonderful! I love thunderstorms at the best of times but what they do to the landscape is make it a dramatic and exilarating place to be. With the sun peeping through the clouds and the darkness of the sky, parts of the hillsides lit up like a light shining on a stage. Of course, it inspired me to paint some little stormy landscape watercolours.

Miniature watercolour landscapes of Scotland