|The mountains of Kintail. Water was retrieved|
above this point.
This action played out again and again all across Scotland as source water was collected along with sketches and many many photographs - Stirling Bridge, the River Affric, a spring on the Isle of Skye, high tide in front of St Columba's in Oban, a lakeshore in the Trossachs - and the ever-present Scottish rain, just to fill in the gaps.
It was an idea that was hatched this Spring, as I worked to improve ability in watercolor and colored
|Water was obtained from the river|
under the Old Stirling Bridge.
places? What if I could bring that water home and employ it in watercolor in mixed-media creations in depicting the areas where the water came from? It was one of those ideas that strikes in the early morning before one is fully awake, but it was an idea that stuck. It was an idea well worth pursuing. While many use the water nearby when painting outdoors, I am not aware of anyone who has gone to the trouble of collecting such source water with great deliberation for purposes of studio work upon returning home again.
The idea immediately delighted. One would
I've nine bottles in all. I do wish I'd filled more, but there was a factor of ever-growing weight involved, and as my whole world was on my back when going from one place to another, I had to be selective in what I would bottle. All made it home safely, and now those nine filled bottles are safely tucked away in a studio drawer, awaiting image selection and the winter's work that lies ahead.
"Caledonian Waters" is one name under serious consideration for this body of work. I look forward
|Eight of my nine bottles.|
Watch this blog, as these paintings will be presented here as this body of work grows and develops.
Until Monday - all the best!