Shetland Sketchbook

Here I am on the banks of the River Dee, looking across to Aberdeen.

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I had just left the overnight sleeper train from London, and was in Aberdeen waiting for the overnight ferry to take me to Shetland. In the River Dee, I saw dolphins. I walked to the Torry Battery, built 1858-1860. In the picture on the right is the “Aberdeen Harbour Operations Centre”.

The ferry docked in Lerwick, Shetland mainland. It was raining.

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I drew this picture in Fort Charlotte, sheltering from the rain under the thick walls of a gate. The shelter was not perfect, as you see from the water splattering the picture.

Bus number 9 from the Viking Bus Station took me to the West Mainland, where I was staying in Burrastow Cottage. Here is a drawing of Burrastow House. The cottage is the small building, in the background on the left.

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I did a lot of walking.

In Lerwick I bought a landscape sketchbook. So I experimented with using both pages. There’s a lot of landscape in Shetland.

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Above, I tried to show the bright yellow flowers, very vivid, in the low light.

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The picture above shows the bay and the village of Walls.

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Above is an attempt to draw the huge cliffs near Burrastow. The peninsula is the delightfully named “Wards of Mucklure”.

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I drew the sea. Above is the view from the door of the cottage. Out there, one day, I saw an otter.

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Above is what the island of Foula looks like, viewed from Cairn 4. I numbered the Cairns.

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I also drew the plants.

That picture of the drain hole shows iris plants above dark water. The picture on the right shows flowering sorrel, and iris leaves.

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This is a picture of “The Ned” near Westerwick. It was much more dramatic than the picture. More dark and more light. Maybe the pencil sketch catches it better:

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Here is another sketch of the sea. I tried drawing quickly. Sometimes it seems to work better that way.

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And here is a sketch on the way back to London.

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