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Beside the Thurso at Westerdale

Beside the Thurso at Westerdale
25 x 36 cm

While I was painting this watercolour I kept thinking of Constable's "The Hay Wain" and "Willy Lot's Cottage". It was because of the shape of the building, surrounded by the trees, and that was what attracted me to the subject in the first place. I managed to resist the temptation to paint in a hay wagon!


  1. Hi Keith!.... "You" do Constable proud with your piece!

    Who wouldn't be moved to pay homage to his magnificent "Hay Wain"?

    Strange how these iconic images grip us forever! Guess that's what contributes to them being called... "Masters"

    A truly lovely piece Keirth! It "reeks" ... of summer!HAHA!!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,

  2. Thanks Bruce. It's interesting how much art history we absorb unconsciously, and how it influences our work.

  3. A lovely painting it is so fresh and the colours simply beautiful. Reminds me of a traditional style of watercolour painting similar to an Edward Wesson and Fletcher-Watson in the way you apply the paint so delicately. I prefer your buildings to theirs, you can balance detail with impressionism so well.

  4. I was sitting at an art gallery I am in with a couple of artists and I opened up your blog with this painting and they loved it. They were very impressed with all of it. This one's very nice.

  5. wonderfully executed painting , Keith. Love it.

  6. Yes Caroline, I see those artists as part of a tradition, leading right back to Constable and beyond, and including others such as Edward Seago, Thomas Collier and Claude Hayes.

  7. Thanks Kevin, it's so gratifying and a little bit scary to get such praise from fellow artists.

  8. Hi Gary, thanks for the kind comment.

  9. I so agree with Bruce,

    You really do Constable proud!

    Don't know how you came by this spot, but you ought to do more of these!! lovely!

  10. Thanks René. It's a little village on the edge of the moors that I often drive through. I think I might be able to find a few more subjects around there.

  11. This is really quite beautiful... I popped in from Bruce's blog and am glad I did!

  12. Hi Marian, thanks for looking in and for the comment. I'm glad you liked the painting.

  13. This is great Keith. Yet again I notice the excellent tones. Nice work.


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