Our August trip to North East Scotland was purely for research: with academic thoroughness, we researched seafood and tea, hiking trails and museums, sheep and birds, fishing villages and knitting culture.
Ken and I investigated ancestral homes of the Gordon family, my clan, my tribe.
From ancient archeological sites to botanical gardens, we were scholars of Scottish heritage and culture.
As a painter, I did find new things to paint:
I discovered I couldn’t get enough documentary (!) photos of sheep. Photos are much easier to transport than the real thing.
I brought home my findings in the form of five extra pounds, some new sweaters, and new knitting wool from Shetland heritage sheep. Ken managed to squeeze in two lovely sweaters for the grand-girls in his suitcase.
Long live research!