Shetland

Here is a collection of posts showing my drawings in Shetland. Click on the picture or caption to see more.

Shetland 2022 – Birds

The oystercatchers dig up worms from the grass. I watched them from the window. When I walk along the roads,…

Shetland 2022 – Burrastow

Here is a drawing I made after breakfast: I drew some pictures indoors: A glass of wine: An evening on…

Shetland landscapes 2022

Sketching on the beach out of the wind, I am fascinated by the regular angles in which the rock cleaves.…

Burrastow and the bay

Here’s a view of Burrastow House, Walls, Shetland, as you enter the drive. There was a lively wind. Those clouds…

Lerwick Lodberries

Here is a view of houses in Lerwick known as “lodberries”. They are built into the sea. Lerwick is one…

Abandoned Car, Shetland

Abandoned cars are a feature of the landscape in Shetland. This one is in the initial stages of decay. Here…

Shetland 2021 – Poppies

These poppies were in the vegetable garden. These poppies were so stunning that I had to try to draw them.…

Shetland 2021: Birds

Here is a herring gull. These are numerous and float on the sea as well as fly in the air.…

Shetland 2021 – roads

Shetland roads sweep across the landscape. I enjoy the calligraphic sweep of their curves and the simplicity of the lines…

Sketching on the journey South

On the ferry from Lerwick to Aberdeen I had an “outside” cabin with a window. From there, I had a…

Shetland: Lera Voe phone box

This is the Lera Voe phone box, which is on the road between Burrastow and Walls. The phone box is…

Shetland: Burrastow House

“On the remote west side of Shetland you can find spectacular scenery, peace and the ideal refuge for the escapist.…

Shetland: vehicles in space

There’s a lot of empty space in Shetland. As I walked around, sometimes I encountered abandoned vehicles. Here is one.…

Shetland: sea and hills

Here is the view from the Historic Site near Pinhoulland. The lines on the right are a mussel farm. Here…

Shetland: walk to the lighthouse

I walked over to the distant headland, called Whites Ness. It was a long walk. The walk round the peninsula…

Shetland: garden flowers

In the polytunnel there is fennel. I learned that you can eat the flowers. They have a very sweet aniseed…

Shetland: Foula on the horizon

Here is a sketch of the mysterious island of Foula. Foula is about 20 miles away from Shetland Mainland, so…

Shetland: Rocks and Headlands

On a long walk to Footabrough, I paused to do a drawing of a distant headland. The drawing shows the…

Shetland: Roads in a landscape

Roads in Shetland trace three-dimensional calligraphy across the landscape. On the West Side, the hills are undulating. The roads loop…

Shetland: Towards Vaila

There’s a beach near Burrastow that looks towards the Island of Vaila. Here’s a sketch I made from the cliffs…

Shetland landscapes

Here is a collection of landscapes all done directly in watercolour with no pen and ink. I am using Daniel…

Shetland 2019 – pen and wash

Here are some pictures I drew in pen and wash. I spent a lot of time drawing rocks. The rocks…

Shetland, Historic site walk

The wooden sign from the main road said “Historic Site”, and pointed up a small road that lead steeply uphill.…

Shetland, July 2018

Shetland is a place of sky and water. I was working on reflections. Here are reflections of rocks: Here’s one…

Sketching in Shetland, 2018

In Shetland I was learning to paint clouds. Here’s one of the pictures I like best, also the simplest. Sometimes…

Shetland Sketchbook

Here I am on the banks of the River Dee, looking across to Aberdeen. I had just left the overnight…

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