I have lived in Kirkwall all my life so I know all its nooks and crannies! Kirkwall's most famous building is St Magnus Cathedral, erected in memory of St Magnus in 1137, he was killed by his cousin on the island of Egilsay.
Near to St Magnus are The Moosie tower and The Earl's palace, both very ancient ruins.
Kirkwall harbour is another great subject, the many fishing boats fill the harbour and over the years I have painted most of them. My all time favourite has been the 'Michael J', an old wooden fishing vessel which worked for many years here in the Orkney isles.
One of the most outstanding buildings in Kirkwall is The Kirkwall hotel at the harbour front, I'm sure if it could talk it would have many stories to tell us about the coming's and going's of the harbour front over the years.
I also find the narrow streets in Kirkwall fascinating and interesting to paint with their beautiful flagstones, quaint shops and houses.
If you head out to the Industrial estate at Hatston, you get a great view of the town looking back across the bay to the harbour front with St Magnus towering above the town. This has been one of my favourite views to paint at all different times of day and all times of year.