Ruins have always interested me not only for stateliness but by their stories and history of ages past. Dunnotar's physical site and later-constructed castle is replete with centuries full of sieges and historical figures such as William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots and James the VI.
With a suggestion from a Clan Keith friend, I decided to paint the castle. After pouring over many pictures, I didn't care to paint a nice "touristy" painting but instead have the castle in the wintry cold North Sea elements. I emailed a good friend George Philip of Edinburgh, Scotland to help with just the "right" gulls! It all worked to make a nice painting of a distinguished Scottish symbol.