Howe of the Mearns

Have just been in Angus for a few days near Laurencekirk. The area, The Howe of the Mearns, was used as the setting for Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s trilogy of novels, A Scots Quair which includes ‘Sunset Song’.
There was a lot of snow still lying on the hills but the roads were clear. I eventually found what I wanted to draw – it was too cold to sit outside so I needed a quiet road where the car wouldn’t get in the way of farmers! Easier said than done.
The red clay is a great colour but unless the sun is shining – it wasn’t – it can be very ‘dreich’.
The sun eventually came out and warmed up the car. The rooks were making such a racket that I could hardly hear my radio! A great day.


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