Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Munsary Peatlands

Munsary Cottage
Watercolour
16 x 26 cm

This is one of the more remote places in Caithness. It is a large area of blanket bog, owned and managed by the conservation charity Plantlife. Apart from a small farm, there is no human habitation for miles and there is complete peace and quiet. The only sounds are the birds and the wind, and an occasional dragonfly as it flies by.

The cottage was built originally as a shooting lodge, but it's used now as a field studies centre.

11 comments:

  1. Hieno maalaus hyvällä tekniikalla.
    Taiteellista tulevaisuutta.
    Markku Mäkelä

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  2. Good Morning Keith!... Am enjoying my ritual morning "quiet"... coffee and this fine Scottish panorama!

    Strange... that refuges like yours and mine can exist so far apart... look vastly different... but yield the very same deeply satisfying tranquil effects!

    A wonderful painting in every way Keith! Thanks for the tour!

    Good Fall Painting.. and Happy Thanksgiving from Canada! This is our weekend to celebrate... and I do!

    I am deeply blessed! Blessings back to "You" and yours!

    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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  3. Hi Keith, you really have captured the remoteness in your landscape so well, yet true to the area it has that light airy feel due to the colours used in the sky and moorland that lifts the mood and has us feeling that the homestead is a welcoming place.

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  4. Hi Bruce,

    I think the effect these landscapes have on us is as much about our own perceptions, as it is about the type of terrain. Anywhere that allows us to immerse ourselves in Nature, and disconnect ourselves from our daily lives, would provide that refuge.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

    All the best,
    Keith

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  5. Hi Caroline,

    I'm glad that my feelings for the place have come across in the painting.

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  6. Hi Keith!... "I" totally concur with your response to my earlier comment!

    "You" are entirely correct about one's own perception of a landscape playing an equal role with the setting to create a necessary "disconnect" from a too-busy world we are forced to live in.

    I would only add... that the space between personal perception and Nature is far more minute for individuals like our Selves... who require... and more often seek refuge and pleasure by trekking out to paint and contemplate... "beside still waters". That is demonstrated abundantly well in the vitality and truth that your work evokes!

    Happy Thanksgiving and many blessings Keith... to "You"... and "Yours"!

    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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  7. This is beautiful. I want to move in ;)

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  8. Ha ha Mary. It would certainly be the place to get away from it all.

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