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Monday, November 2, 2015

Scotland: A Landscape Painters Paradise

Whenever I travel, it takes about 4 days to get into the relaxing groove. It's as if I have been holding my breath and I finally exhale. So early in the trip, I was still revved up and feeling guilty because I didn't have time to sketch, or even think about my art making. Once I finally relaxed, I began to SEE! When will I learn that seeing and experiencing new things can inform everything that I do?

For a landscape painter, Scotland is heaven. Here are some photographs from that trip, (not all landscape material) along with one sketch that I made from the breakfast room window inside our Bed & Breakfast in St Andrews. A shout out THANK YOU to the owners of Castlemount who made our visit to St Andrews very special! If you are ever in St Andrews, I highly recommend a stay there.

A view of Edinburgh Castle on the first afternoon of our stay in Scotland

A view from one of the many golf courses in St Andrews

St Andrews Castle as seen from the breakfast room of our B&B, Castlemount
Dunrobin Castle,  a stately home in Sutherland, near where we were staying in the Scottish Highlands 

The beach in Nairn overlooking the Moray Firth, an estuary that opens to the Black Sea
Love seeing creativity in an unlikely place
A quick sketch of St Andrews Castle from the breakfast room window of our B&B