Monthly Archives: September 2016

TGIF: Ascend

Ascend by Karen Gadient, 2016

It’s “FingerPaintingFriday”!
Watercolor and gouache on toned paper.

Enjoy your weekend, friends. 🙂

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Autumn

Autumn by Karen Gadient, 2016

Autumn. Colored pencil and ink combined with digital mixed media.

October’s poplars are flaming torches lighting the way to winter. ― Nova Bair

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Westray, Orkney: Noltland Castle

Noltland Castle Approach by David Gadient, 2016

While in Westray, David took some photos during our visit to Noltland Castle, the castle built by Gilbert Balfour back in the 16th century. On approach, it seems like an possibly-welcoming Scottish tower house… but then you discover it’s speckled with dozens of gun-holes, has a massively thick wall, and is pretty much a fortress. Now in ruins, it’s welcoming enough and open to all guests.

For the intriguing tale behind Noltland Castle, click here. We were lucky to get the background told to us by Graham of Westraak as we explored the property.

Noltland Castle Exterior by David Gadient, 2016

Quite a few gun-holes, aye. Every approach to the castle is covered. 71 gun-holes, supposedly―more than any other Scottish castle.

Noltland Castle Walls by David Gadient, 2016

The upper level is a hall that remains unfinished. The stonework is fascinating and the color of the stone is quite lovely with bits of yellow and green.

Noltland Castle Interior by David Gadient, 2016

Noltland Castle Interior View by David Gadient, 2016

There are bars to keep you from falling as you wander the castle.

Noltland Castle Newl by David Gadient, 2016

The newel post that greets you at the top of the staircase.

Noltland Castle Courtyard by David Gadient, 2016

The courtyard is a relaxing place, especially on a clear day.

I’ll share more photos from Westray soon!

Links to previous related posts:

Our First Day in Glasgow
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Our Day in Edinburgh
Scotland: Glasgow to Gills Bay
On a Ferry to Orkney
Orkney Wanderings
St Magnus Cathedral
Skara Brae
Standing Stones in Orkney
Westray, Orkney: Part 1

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TGIF: Woodland Blues

Woodland Blues by Karen Gadient, 2016

It’s “FingerPaintingFriday” again!
Gouache on cold press watercolor paper.

Enjoy your weekend, friends. 🙂

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Creative Heart

Creative Heart by Karen Gadient, 2016

Creative Heart. Acrylic, ink, and digital mixed media. More experimenting with last year’s scrapped scans of traditional media, mixed with digital work.

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ― Thornton Wilder

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Westray, Orkney: Part 1

Westray Coast by David Gadient, 2016

We took the ferry to Westray a few days into our time in Orkney. With Graham of Westraak as our local guide, we had an amazing tour of most of the island.

I’ll be making a few separate posts about different areas of Westray, but these are the some miscellaneous ones that David took that I still wanted to share.

Westray Birds by David Gadient, 2016

While at the Aikerness Craigs, David caught quite a few shots of birds. This one is my favorite; they look very cozy on the rocks.

Aikerness by David Gadient, 2016

The Aikerness Craigs. Gorgeous and rocky coastal area. While here, Graham told us the story of Archie Angel, the lone survivor―an infant―of a shipwreck back in the 18th century. The wrecked ship had the word Archangel on it and that’s how the boy got his name. He grew up on Westray and the surname of Angel was found there until the early 20th century.

Westray Airport by David Gadient, 2016

The Westray Airport is home to the shortest scheduled passenger flight in the world, which takes you to Papa Westray (Papay) and is about a two minute flight―or shorter. While we didn’t take the flight, Graham drove David and I over to watch the plane leave and return. We’re usually not fans of tiny planes, but we’ll likely give it a try on our next trip there. Graham also showed us where we could take a boat if we decide just can’t stomach the plane. 🙂

Westray Homes by David Gadient, 2016

A photo of a traditional style of house you might see in Westray.

Westray Sheep by David Gadient, 2016

And a shot of some grazing sheep. Baa.

Westray Grobust Beach by David Gadient, 2016

Grobust Beach. Just a lovely place. While there, we also got a bit of an off-season (read: mostly covered) glimpse of the archaeological dig of the Links of Noltland.

Westray Cruise by David Gadient, 2016

On the ferry back, we got to see a massive cruise liner go by. Pretty sure it was a Disney one. While in Kirkwall, we’d seen a liner in port, but I’m not sure whether it was the same one or a different one.

I’ll share many more photos from Westray soon!

Links to previous related posts:

Our First Day in Glasgow
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Our Day in Edinburgh
Scotland: Glasgow to Gills Bay
On a Ferry to Orkney
Orkney Wanderings
St Magnus Cathedral
Skara Brae
Standing Stones in Orkney

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TGIF: Burst

Burst by Karen Gadient, 2016

It’s “FingerPaintingFriday”!
Gouache on mixed media paper.

Enjoy your weekend, friends. 🙂

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