Saturday, 29 August 2015

Drawing a beautiful place

There has been very little time recently for drawing, painting or doing anything overtly creative at all. But it has been a wonderful rest and I feel there are lots of thoughts, images and colours stored away for future use ... whenever that is.

One of the few sketches I did accomplish was completed in about 10 minutes during a patch of sunshine in a favourite spot in Glen Tanar, Aberdeenshire.


This place is timeless. We have been visiting it for almost 40 years. The trees grow, the stones in the river move and water flow varies with rainfall and the seasons but it remains essentially itself, unspoilt, natural and beautiful. We go every time we visit this part of Scotland. It is like a pilgrimage for us all. I draw every time I visit and that is part of the pilgrimage - trying with varying success to capture the sense of the place.

The visit this time was particularly special. It was wonderful to watch our daughter and her husband introduce their small children to it. May they grow up to treasure the place as much as we do. 

7 comments:

  1. Oh how lovely. Finding your way back and making new memories all at the same time. Magic!

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    1. Lovely special times indeed. We are very lucky!

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  2. So fortunate that this special spot has not been sullied by man over the years. And that your love of it has passed to the next generations.

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    1. The whole estate of which this place is a part is in a very quiet unspoilt part of Scotland and it and its wildlife are protected from development by being part of the Cairngorms National Park. There is some unique wildlife and miles of deserted country. As well as this wonderful spot, we visit regularly for hiking in the hills and beautiful walks along the river.

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    2. So reassuring to hear, not unlike many protected places in my own country. So fortunate that someone had the foresight and wherewithal to make the preservation happen while also allowing access for others to enjoy.

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  3. It's obvious this place truly holds a place in your heart; may it remain unspoiled for future generations of your family.

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    1. It does - though capturing the essence of the place is so hard. I'm not sure I did it justice this time.

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