View Full Version : Visiting England and Scotland

06-12-2006, 11:29 AM
I'm so exited. I've never been out of the country. Well, I take that back. I've been to Canada, but not in far enough to count it as experiencing a different place.

This coming Saturday I'm going to England and Scotland. I've been thinking about what painting stuff to pack for three months (nope not excited in the least).

Last week I bought some accordion containers to carry water. They aren't exactly what I wanted, but I think they'll do just fine.
I figure I can use one for clean and one for dirty water when painting plein aire. Then when we get back to the hotel I can dump out the dirty water instead of pitching my chemical laden water in some pretty park.

Any color suggestions for landscape painting in Scotland?


06-12-2006, 11:46 AM
if you look at http://www.charlesevansart.com/ you may get some ideas.
But I know he uses Alizaran Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Cobat Blue, French Ultramarine Blue, Hookers green, Light Red, Raw Umber, and Yellow Ocher. He uses the other colors + Hookers green to make other greens. I might add Cerulean Blue, Burnt Sienna and Raw Sienna, but not necessary as I am a bit of a collector.
Where in Scotland and England are you going. Anywhere near Knaresborough in North Yorkshire?


06-12-2006, 12:03 PM
Thanks for the color tips, Judy.

" Anywhere near Knaresborough in North Yorkshire?"
I don't know. I'd have to look at a map.

We'll be in London for a few days. A stop in Oxford to get a tour of the Mini manufacturing plant. Then we'll be in Edinburgh for a bit. I hope to see the Chapel at Holyrood as it is one of my favorite paintings.


Then we'll make our way to Inverness. I really don't know what we're going to do between Edinburgh and Inverness. There's just so much to see.

All I know is I want to see beautiful land, castles, gardens, meet nice people, maybe have some wiskey and some tasty food. My husband assures me Scotland will deliver.

06-12-2006, 12:40 PM
Oops, make that England and ScotlanD

06-12-2006, 01:02 PM
Probably not, but if you are taking the train to Edinburgh, you will pass through part of it.
Have a good trip!

06-12-2006, 02:29 PM
Edinburgh is a beautiful city! Make sure you explore all of the Royal Mile area, and try to get to the top of Arthur's Seat for great views!

Did you see the Da Vinci Code? Rosslyn Chapel (http://www.rosslynchapel.org.uk/), just outside Edinburgh, was used for filming.

I'd also recommend a trip to Stirling, wonderful countryside and a great castle.

To be honest you could be in Scotland for 3 months and still miss alot!

How long will you be over here?

Oh, you asked for colours! lol Earth tones for rocks/buildings, wilder areas will be carpeted in heather, and Scotland should have rhododendrons and azaleas out soon. No help, I know, but I'd want to take every colour I have! lol

Have a wonderful time!


06-12-2006, 02:35 PM
Hi Ruth,

We'll be over there for about 10 days. I can't wait! I can hardly stay in my seat. It's a good thing I don't have that much to do at work today. I can hardly concentrate.

I hope I make it through this week. Sheesh:lol:

Stirling and Arthur's Seat. Got it.
Nope. Didn't see the movie, but I did read the book.
Hmm, pretty chapel.

Are the midges (spelling??) out this time of year?

06-12-2006, 02:39 PM
A tip - when you arrive at a city - look up the coach tours available. For example you may get a day trip to Lindisfarne (Holy Island) or even Hadrian Wall from Edinburgh.

If you get a chance, visit the Lake District of north west England.


06-12-2006, 02:42 PM
Hey great. Thanks Doug!

Ooo, Lindisfarne. I used to know a beautiful harp song about that place.

06-12-2006, 02:49 PM
It's a magical place - here's a site link. (http://www.lindisfarne.org.uk/general/index.htm)


06-12-2006, 02:51 PM
Not sure about the midges, think it depends on how humid it is.

Rosslyn Chapel is one place I didn't get to last time I went to Edinburgh, but I will next time!

06-12-2006, 02:59 PM
Have you checked out www.visitscotland.com ? Lots of great information and photos, which will help with your palette choices.


06-12-2006, 05:46 PM
You have to visit Drumnadrochit - not far from Inverness and on the shores of Loch Ness - they have a museum dedicated to the Loch Ness Monster


- also try and visit the Isle of Skye from Inverness


- a visit to Edinburgh Castle is a must - oh and as for whiskey - well am not a whiskey drinker myself but they sell one mixed with honey and it is GORGEOUS!!!

If you pass through Wigan anytime don't forget to wave.....lol.

Don't forget to take LOTS of photos. :)

And have a great time.


06-13-2006, 01:09 AM
These are what I have taken when I have traveled to different countries. I made this kit up for our World Trip in 2004.. :)

I made this brush holder with some material and a bamboo place mat. It is wonderful and I can even put damp brushes back into it and they can breath and dry out. It rolls up nicely and I put a piece of hat elastic around it..

My palette and my block of watercolour paper.

For water containers I have a couple of collapsible dog water containers. I also have a flask with a carry strap that slings over my shoulder to carry the water..

I also have this..:) my Husband made me for traveling..
Actually this one my Dear friend Ai liked so much I gave it to her and Alan made me another one.
It is heavy enough not to blow away in the wind, and If I have my easel and board with me, they make up into my table, with this sitting on top it weights it down nicely when it is windy..:)

Hope you have a ball.

Alan and I were lucky to spend a week in London and a weekend Herefordshire. A trip we will never never forget..:)

06-13-2006, 11:37 AM
Oh yes, regarding Dougs suggestion about bus tours. When we go to a new city we always take a sightseeing Bus tour. You will see what I mean when you get there. They have open top or double decker buses that tour the city, you can hop off and on for the whole day. Usually the tickets are good for 24 hours.
Here is a link--------> http://www.guidefriday.com/ you can see how many cities they cover, a good first day in a new place tour, so you can see what there is, where it is and a general overview of the place


06-13-2006, 07:50 PM
YES!!! Those hop on hop off Bus Tours are the best!! The also have a commentary a "guide" and they zre so informative. We wouldn't have seen half of London or learnt a smidgeon that we did on the 2 day bus tour..:)


06-14-2006, 10:01 AM
You'll have a wonderful time, Christine. We've just come back from a few days at Ullapool and around the coast of Wester Ross. Absolutely stunning.

Ullapool itself is a lovely little coastal town with fishing harbour, ferry links to Stornaway and day cruises out to the Summer Isles. Only one of the Isles is inhabited - Tanera Mor (by just 6 people) - and it's also the only place in Britain with it's own Postage stamps which can't be purchased anywhere else. The 4 hour cruise is worth it for the scenery alone but we were lucky enough to also see Minky Whales. If you manage to get to Ullapool try and make it for a Thursday evening when you will be treated to an hour of entertainment on the Ferry Terminal square by the Pipe Band and a troupe of Highland Dancers. Then a short walk along the promenade to the Ferryboat Inn where Folk Music continues until turned midnight.

Here's a few pics to whet your apetite.

Ullapool Bay (the view from our bedroom window)

Loch Gairloch (on the coast of Wester Ross)

Loch Glascarnoch (on the Road to the Isles)

06-14-2006, 10:34 PM
Joy what wonderful photos'!! :clap:

07-25-2006, 11:14 AM
I again.
The trip was fabulous!
I did some plein air painting in Scotland. I was a little disappointed with the results, but then reminded myself that I hadn't really painted before we left. So now I like them. Maybe I'll post them in the gallery...

Took lots of photos (over 700). Thank goodness for digital cameras.

Thanks everyone for the paint and travel tips!

07-25-2006, 11:21 AM
Glad you enjoyed your trip and I look forward to seeing your photographs and paintings.


07-26-2006, 09:09 AM

Sounds like you had a great time. I look forward to seeing some of the pictures in the near future.:clap: :D


VeldaJ: Is it OK if I copy your second picture, I'd love to be able to use it for a picture?:)