Thursday, December 9, 2010

Causeymire Windfarm

Sunset at the Windfarm
Watercolour
25 x 36 cm

Travelling north to Caithness much of the road hugs the coastline and is hemmed in between the sea and the hills. However the route to Thurso branches off and crosses a vast area of peat bog , known as The Causeymire. It is an amazingly empty landscape and comes as a complete contast to the coast road. At the northern end of the open country, there is another contrast as the road passes the twenty-one turbines of the Causeymire Windfarm. A landscape which feels almost primaeval gives way to another which couldn't be more modern.

I was driving home one afternoon on snowy roads, worried about getting home, when I saw the last of the sunset over the wind turbines. Fortunately I had my camera with me, so I stopped and took a few photographs before the light finally faded.

8 comments:

  1. Hi there Keith!... A wonderful painting... giving credibility to the notion that we can create alternative energy forms... farms that in such remote places... cause little disturbance to the eye.

    A "timely" connection between our blogging efforts don't "You" think Keith?

    Well done Sir!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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  2. spectacular painting keith
    you managed to make those turbines fit into the landscape
    no mean feat

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  3. Hi Bruce,

    There is a lot of pressure to build more wind farms here, with Caithness being such a windy place. Unfortunately, economics favour large developments, with lots of turbines, and they can be very intrusive. It would be better I think to have local, community-based, projects. That would need help, in the form of grants and incentives, and that doesn't seem to be part of the government's plans at the moment.

    Great minds think alike, eh!

    All the best,
    Keith

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  4. Thanks Rob. They make a striking subject in the right conditions.

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  5. Nice painting Keith. I know windfarms may not be everyones cup of tea but I don't mind them. I'd rather look at a few turbines than a line of pylons marching across the countryside.

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  6. Yes I think I agree with you there Stuart. At least turbines have a kind of gracefulness about them.

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  7. There's a certain peacefulness to this bleak landscape Keith. I love the dry brushwork to the bottom of the painting.

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  8. Yes,that's just the feeling I had when I was there Frank.

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