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The Ring of Brodgar

The Ring of Brodgar
Watercolour, 23 x 34 cm

The Ring of Brodgar stands at the centre of a Neolithic ritual landscape in the west Mainland of Orkney. The area is considered so important that it has been given the status of a World Heritage Site.

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I love ancient sites like this. They have the same sense of timelessness that I find in mountains and wild landscapes. There is a feeling of countless generations of people coming and going and yet, through the ages, these stones have stood here virtually unchanged.


  1. yes this place looks special and you've cought it keith
    love the clean and simple shapes and colors in this one,peacefull

  2. I'll have to come over and do some walking in your part of the world, Keith!

  3. Thanks Rob and Kevin.

    Yes it's great for wilderness walking, Diane. Probably a bit wetter and boggier than your part of the world though!

  4. This painting talks to me Keith .. love it!!


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