Pastels on Ingres paper, 22x15cm: "River Sketch"; working on neutral tinted paper just placed random patches of colour. I am always fascinated by the vertical tree elements standing in front of the horizontal flowing river with blue sky reflected in parts.
Pastels on Ingres paper, 22x15cm: "Weir"; another small sketch this time of a fast flowing weir and some Rhoddy foliage in the foreground. Then moving on you turn a corner and this is what you find:
Pastels on Ingres paper, 30x22cm: "Bluebell Woods"; covering the slope are swathes of purple-blue flowers on bright green stalks and leaves in amongst these slender sapling trees (with the occassional rotten, fallen, tree-trunk). Some subjects require to be painted differently. This view demanded that I paint it more impressionistically with dots and dashes. Perhaps this is what comes of looking at Vincents' paintings the other day! Another shower stops me mid-flight and I have to cover my board and take shelter under the bough of an Oak. Moving on, following the river upstream, I come to the place of my original intentions: Cadzow Castle. Set up my workstation for the fourth time and set to work: "Man at Work" (taken by a very obliging squirrel). Pastels on Ingres Paper, 43x30cm:"Cadzow Castle"; not much of it left now but the castle originally dates from the times of a "semi-fabulous prince by the name of Caw" (well that's how the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland describes him in their publication of 1880).The castle was a royal residence in the times of Alexander II, and III, and passed, in the time of Robert the Bruce, to the family of Hamilton. It stands on a rocky outcrop 200ft above the River Avon and even in it's decrepit state is an impressive sight on the skyline.