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Caithness Dawn

One thing which is noticeable about Caithness is the 'big skies'. In that respect it is similar to the fen country of Eastern England and, interestingly, some of my favourite artists painted in that area. Peter de Wint was an early master of the watercolour sketch and excelled in depicting the flat landscapes of Lincolnshire. His influence can be seen in the work of Edward Seago, who produced wonderful paintings of the skies and countryside around his Norfolk home.

I don't often paint sunrises or sunsets as I find they too easily become garish. However, when I saw this dawn sky from my window I knew it would make a great subject.

Caithness Dawn
Watercolour, 10 x 14in


  1. hey what is that color keith?
    it is beautiful and certainly not overdone,glad you cought it!

  2. Hello Rob,

    The orange colour was mostly Winsor and Newton burnt sienna with a few touches of scarlet lake. The yellow was Winsor Yellow.

    Hope you're not suffering too much in the smoke-free zone!

  3. I love this painting so much Keith. A lot of people think that sunrise/sets are easy to paint, I have tried, and they are not.

    This is truly a work of Art!

  4. You're right Ingrid, they are difficult to get right and all too easy to over-do. I think they are best when they are not too spectacular and that's what I liked about this one.


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