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Water Tower at Altnabreac
Watercolour, 16 x 24 cm

Altnabreac must be one of the most remote railway stations in the UK. It is 4 miles from the end of the nearest public road and 15 miles from the nearest village with shops etc. There are only a couple of houses and all around is a large area of forestry plantations and peat bogs. Only two or three trains pass in each direction per day, I think, and it's mostly used by hikers.

Altnabreac Station

The Road from Altnabreac


  1. don't forget mid wales keith (-;
    so did you walk there :-D
    lovely building keith (if not a bit centered) it really looks like the end of the line,love the suggested details

  2. I cycled there Rob. There's a route through the forest which passes the station.

    I see what you mean about the building being centred. I wanted to have the doorway in a good position. Any suggestions how I could have improved it?

  3. You know, every once in awhile I take a look at your blog and am always taken with the way to pack a lot into a simple scene. This is another one of those. Your work fascinates me and reminds me not to toss those ho-hum photographs of mine and really look at them again.

  4. Hello Dana. I don't find it easy to paint from photographs. Peering at all the detail, in such a small image, makes it difficult to paint expressively I think. I have found that one way around the problem is to make a sketch from the photograph and then paint from the sketch. That way you simplify all the detail first and can then paint more freely.

  5. What a beautiful painting. i love anything that makes me think of the word "nook" and this most certainly does the trick.

  6. Thanks for the comment. That's partly what attracted me to the subject as well.


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