Sketches from Scotland

I took a three week trip to Scotland in June fully expecting to work in about 8 plein air paintings. Unfortunately, as you may have heard, it rains a lot there. Finding the right time and place when it wasn’t raining proved to be more difficult than expected so I was only able to work on a few paintings.

There was one day on the Knoydart Peninsula after 2 exciting days of horseback riding when there was just a bit of mist in the air and I decided to go outside to do a painting. Well, when it isn’t raining and the air is still, the midges come out. They are these little fruit fly type bugs that bite a little, but are mostly irritating. I had squished about a dozen on my sketchbook page before I got a few lines drawn, so that was the end of that.

Here are the few I managed to paint when the skies were clear.


Doune Castle in the Stirling district. Monty Python and the Holy Grail was filmed here, as well as Game of Thrones and Outlander.



A nice house in Moulin, near Edradour where we had some whisky.


An old place in Peebles. It looks like a charming old pub, but it’s a pizza restaurant. I had to paint half of this one wearing gloves, it was so cold. Not an easy task.


Summer Sketches


Psychic tent in Port Townsend, Washington.

When the weather is nice I try to get outside and find something to paint with my watercolor travel set. I made a couple paintings this summer while road-tripping through Oregon and Washington and a few more around where I live. I pack a small travel stool with me on each of these trips and I usually spend a couple of hours on each one.

I’m always scouting out new things to draw in my area. There are quite a few places I have my eye on. I’m not hardcore enough to paint outside in the winter, so I’ll have to wait until next year to get to those. You can see some of my other plein air paintings here and here.


Vista House, along the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon.


Allans Mill Road building, near Perth, Ontario


Stewart Park, Perth, Ontario


Abandoned store and gas pump on Bowes Mill Road near Perth, Ontario