Category Archives: Skyscape

Midsummer

Midsummer by Karen Gadient, 2017

Midsummer. Gouache and digital mixed media.

You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.
― Ruth E. Renkl

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Wry Flight : KarPaiTwenMo 4 Art Marathon #12

Wry Flight by Karen Gadient, 2016

Wry Flight. Acrylic and digital mixed media.

Only from the heart can you touch the sky. ― Rumi

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Orkney Wanderings

Orkney Roads by David Gadient, 2016

After looking over the photos from our time in Orkney, I realized that some things had enough photos to be a post of their own. This post is for a few of the miscellaneous ones. I’m no travel blogger, but I figured it was good place to start.

The top photo is the causeway between Burray and Glims Holm. This causeway is one of the Churchhill Barriers. Check out some panoramas on 360Cities.

As we stayed in St Margaret’s Hope, we did a lot of driving over the causeways to get around (and get groceries, since we were self-catering). Driving over the causeways was a lot of fun―as long as a tour bus wasn’t coming the other way.

We got to see so many boats, from cruise ships and ferries to fishing boats and half-sunken blockships… and even a tall ship!

Ships by David Gadient, 2016

This photo was one I took with my phone, since I loved the look of it:

StMarg_Pier by Karen Gadient, 2016

Our self-catering (for those not familiar with term: a rental home where you can cook for yourself, which worked perfectly for us) flat was more of a house, and was a part of The Creel. The Creel is run by a lovely man named David who went out of his way for us the moment we arrived, even giving us some veggies to cook when we arrived too late to get to a grocery. His sons, who arrived while we were there, were friendly and as brilliant as their father when it came to conversation. While we didn’t join them for breakfast, we stopped down―The Creel has a sitting area next to the restaurant―for drinks and chit-chat with David and sons, plus some of the B&B guests.

Our self-catering home:

Creel by David Gadient, 2016

…which came with a ‘bonus cat’, whose name was Manky, despite no longer being as manky as he’d been when they found him. Manky was sweet and kept us from missing our own kitties too much―two weeks catless is a long time!

Manky by David Gadient, 2016

We did a lot of walking in Kirkwall, but were caught in the moment instead of snapping photos. We have lots of photos of specific sites around Orkney, and I’ll give some of them their own posts. While in Kirkwall, we mostly just enjoyed being there. The streets are great for exploring, and we usually left our car in one spot while taking long walks, even when we fetched groceries.

Kirkwall by David Gadient, 2016

Many people go to Scotland to visit numerous distilleries. While in Scotland, we’d planned to visit one distillery only―and that one was in Orkney: Scapa. Much like our beer obsession with Innis & Gunn, we have a whisky loyalty with Scapa. Hence, we didn’t visit the other distillery in Orkney (which was crawling with tourists anyway). Alas, no photos are allowed on the tasting tour, other than outside of the distillery.

Scapa by David Gadient, 2016

Scapa2 by David Gadient, 2016

The building holding the casks was truly the angel’s share of heaven scent-wise. We got to go in, but couldn’t take a photo. It was a wee bit like this.

Casks Inside by David Gadient, 2016

The view from the Scapa distillery is relaxing too, whether you have a glass of whisky in your hand while there or not.

Scapa View by David Gadient, 2016

St Margaret’s Hope (and Orkney, in general) at night is a thing of beauty, especially in summertime, when the sun never really sets. I snapped these photos just after midnight. Hours and hours of sunset―just wonderful stuff.

Self Cater at Night by Karen Gadient, 2016

StMarg Midnight by Karen Gadient, 2016

Much more from our Orkney trip as soon as I can organize it!

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

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Boundless Blue

Boundless Blue by Karen Gadient, 2016

Boundless Blue. Acrylic and digital mixed media.

Is the glass half empty, half full, or twice as large as it needs to be?
― Author Unknown

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Clouds Over Faraway Lands

Clouds Over Faraway Lands by Karen Gadient, 2016

Clouds Over Faraway Lands. Acrylic on canvas paper, digitally recolored.
For a print and other items, please click the image.

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds. ― G.K. Chesterton

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Cloudburst : KarPaiTwenMo 3 Art Marathon #20

Cloudburst by Karen Gadient, 2015

Cloudburst. Watercolor, ink, and digital mixed media.

Finally… the last piece in my art marathon! And just in time, since December starts tomorrow. Thanks for following along. 🙂

I hope all of you who participated in a creative event this month―whether NaNoWriMo or your own challenge―had an enjoyable and successful time. Here’s to a fun and stress-free end of the year!

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
― William Feather

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Luminous Horizon

Luminous Horizon by Karen Gadient, 2015

Time for “FingerPaintingFriday”! Colorful watercolor abstract landscape.

Enjoy your weekend, friends. 🙂

I’d rather see the world as a rainbow than endless shade of gray.
― Amani Abbas

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