Saturday, August 8, 2009

Altnabreac

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

6 comments:

  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

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  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?

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  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.

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  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.

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

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

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