I have been experimenting again and ended up using gesso, indian ink, watercolour, gouache and pastel on this painting. It originally started out as wisteria. I don’t think there is a single remnant of that painting left. I’m much happier with this version.
I once saw a bank of hollyhock flowers in the wild. They were all sorts of colours, dark pink, light pink, white, red and deep purple. I am building up to painting them – I took photos – but in the meantime, here is a pale pink hollyhock plant that is currently living in my garden.
There is something magical about these wee cottages at the head of Loch Maree. No matter how many times I pass them, I always have to stop and look. Their surrounding landscape is so wild and with the trees planted around them, these wee houses seem like an oasis of calm.