High on Rannoch Moor

High on Rannoch Moor

Not going to show us the portrait then? Seriously, I don't blame you - they either work or they don't, and if they haven't I wouldn't want to show 'em either. The sky in THIS painting is wonderful - we always dwell on the paintings that haven't worked, though....

Lovely and atmospheric Michael.

This is most attractive Michael ; the blue and gold work so well together.

Thank you Robert Kal & Sharon. No, Robert, the portrait will not see the light of day!

Beautiful landscape Michael. It looks more beautiful in your landscape than it was on the day I was over there a few years ago. I envy your skill in watercolours which I am almost useless at. I enjoy doing portraits, but at the moment they must be in pastel which is my favourite medium. I suppose we should jump out of our comfort zones now and then. Trouble is, there's not enough time, is there! Good excuse!

Thank you Dorothy. The number of times people confess to me "I'm useless at landscapes"! Well, I am useless at portraits ( at least my first attempt recently was pretty awful). I suppose neither of us should give up but it's whatever you feel drawn towards isn't it? Some people are very patient, meticulous and observant and that probably fits in well with portrait painting. I am probably less patient and more "broad brush" approach which probably suits landscapes better. So horses for courses. I am in awe of the skill of some portrait painters - there is an american by the name of Atlee who sometimes posts on the WetCanvas Watercolour Gallery web site who is quite outstanding.

Beautiful sky, Michael! Great palette.

This is another lovely painting, Michael

Hang on Studio Wall

The high boggy moorland west of Loch Rannoch on a benign day with a backdrop of snow capped peaks. I painted this a couple of days ago in company with a mug of coffee and a couple of chocolate hobnobs (an indispensable aid to watercolourists!).Was getting back into my comfort zone after a terrible time trying to paint my first, and probably last, portrait (yes - I know they are difficult and require many hours of practice).

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Michael Trask

Hello. I am a retired Chartered Building Surveyor who took up watercolours at the age of 66 fifteen years ago. It is never too late! Whilst I could always draw and understood perspective ( my training helped that) I had never painted other than a few sketches for clients as an articled pupil 60…

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