Image of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh

The starting picture provides a vantage point

In-progress watercolor painting of vista including Holyrood Palace by Jo Myers-Walker

In progress: The painting with
foreground figures not yet completed

I painted this view of the Palace of Holyroodhouse (or Holyrood Palace) in Edinburgh, Scotland, for some friends who had been there on their travels and provided me a small picture to work from. It was such a small picture that first I had to blow it up larger, and I still wasn’t sure if some white things in the foreground were sheep. My friends thought they could be, and liked the idea, so in the painting there are sheep, along with the travelers themselves taking in the view.

The couple who commissioned the painting are both novelists and we talked about how we start the dialog of what’s going on so a story comes to life. They use adjectives to describe a scene, where I use color and texture. As a writer or a painter, it’s all about interpretation.

Watercolor painting of vista including Holyrood Palace by Jo Myers-Walker

Holyrood Palace painting completed

Watercolor painting of view of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh by Jo Myers-Walker

An earlier painting for the same friends, Edinburgh’s Royal Mile looking toward St. Giles’ Cathedral

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