"The artist...is also a born adventurer. His explorations, unlike those of a tourist, are rewarded by the discovery of beauty spots unmentioned in the guide books, and with tireless curiosity and an exceptional proneness to wonderment, he will come upon objects of remarkable interest overlooked or even shunned by more disciplined observers."

Augustus John, R.A.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Happy New Year

Two days in Scotland for the New Year and a couple of sketches.

A frozen Loch of the Lowes in Selkirkshire. Quite a contrast from the atmosphere of what is essentially the same view that I drew on 31st August last Summer. The loch was almost completely frozen over apart from a short patch of clear water near the shoreline.

and a male Brambling feeding in my brothers garden with a mixed flock of Chaffinches, Siskins and House Sparrows.


Keith Tilley said...

Happy New Year Stuart.

I see in your sketch that an animal or bird had left some tracks on the frozen loch. I always find it interesting to see the tracks left on the loch here. Sometimes they go right across from one side to the other. They seem like a window into another world, of nocturnal activity.

Stuart Brocklehurst said...

Happy New Year Keith.

Yes there were all sorts of tracks across the surface. There was a party of Swans on a little patch of free water that had been on the ice. The surface was also littered with rocks which had been thrown on by people trying to break the ice. It was surprisingly thick.