This is the Bass Rock all "ful of admiration and wounder" - and my reflection! - a famous landmark off the coast of North Berwick, known best perhaps for its gannet colony.
This painting by Kate Philp was the first painting I bought. My grannie was to give me a small cash gift every year "to spend on something" not too fanciful or frivolous. I had seen this painting in the local picture framer's window and loved the colour of the sea and sky and the golden sands. It reminded me of swimming lessons at the outdoor pool at North Berwick, of afternoons and flying saucers (the edible ones!) at great-grannie's, of summer picnics at Yellowcraig and, later, of my favourite beach at Ravensheugh. This painting was the perfect way to spend my gift.
That was a good few years ago now and my collection has grown since then; each painting being added in honour of my grannie. This particular painting, which hangs above my bed, will always be dear to my heart - it reminds me of the beaches of "home" and all their natural beauty.
"ane wounderful crag, risand within the sea, with so narrow and strait hals that na schip nor boit bot allanerlie at ane part of it. This crag is callet the Bas; unwinnabil by ingine of man. In it are coves, als profitable for defence of men as thay were biggit be crafty industry. Every thing that is in that crag is ful of admiration and wounder."