One of my favourite Paintings of Oman include this one of Ruwi. This studio watercolour is the result of spending many hours making sketchbook studies on location in Oman. I’ve often risen when it was still dark to make sure I was in the right spot to capture the early morning light. However on this occasion it was a case of being in the right place to record the last throws of the middle eastern sunlight catching the distant hills.
The district of Ruwi can be seen nestling in the surrounding foothills with its white architecture coated in cool shadows. I’ve used a limited palate of Winsor and Newton watercolours on a very rough handmade paper. This is to create a distinct contrast between the dark purple, craggy hills and the lighter crisp edges of the buildings.
My journey to doing paintings of Oman began back in 2005. An agent rang me and asked if I’d be interested in undertaking some commissions for the Sultan of Oman. I thought he was pulling my leg but I said yes, expecting nothing to happen. A little while later he sent me some images of Omani forts and villages with instructions as to what the client wanted. Since then I’ve received over 30 commissions for the government in Oman. I’ve been fortunate to travel there many times and made many friends.
This original watercolour can be seen at my Studio & Gallery in Ponteland. I also have other paintings of Oman inspired by my painting trips in the Gulf