The light is falling on the castle and hills is what makes this an exciting subject for painting.

Look at the way the area to the left counter-changes, alternately lighter than the background then darker. This scene will require attention to detail so it is important to plan your approach. 

By breaking down the image into areas that have similar tone and colour, you can make a complex scene far simpler. These areas are:

  • The sky and water
  • The castle and its reflection
  • The hills
  • The island

Taken one at a time they become much more manageable.

Demonstration: Eilean Donan Castle

Your reference photograph