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Duncansby Head

Below the Stacks at Duncansby Head
Watercolour
26 x 36 cm

There is a popular sporting challenge, which involves walking or cycling the length of the British mainland. The usual starting point is the rugged coast of Land's End, in Cornwall, in the far south-west. The finishing point is John o' Groats, but it really ought to be Duncansby Head, the most north-easterly point in mainland Britain. However, I believe that Lands End now has a theme park, which must distract from the experience for those who are looking for a sense of natural drama. Fortunately, Duncansby Head is unspoilt, so long may it remain 'Land's End to John o' Groats'!

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  1. Good morning Keith!..."You" have captured the natural spectacle of the unspoiled Natural World... something that no theme park can ever recreate!


    Your masterful water and sky treatment are exceptional again Keith... combining to make this one of my Tilley Favourites!

    Long live the Land's End-John O'Groats pathway to Paradise!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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  2. Very nice painting Keith. I like the drama in your treatment of the sky and cliffs.

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  3. the light is brilliant and the depth is breath taking...

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  4. Plenty of movement in the sea, and drama in the Stacks and sky. I like the low viewpoint and this must be one of my favourites.

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  5. Thanks Bruce, the idea of a theme park in a location like this seems very anachronistic to me.

    All the best,
    Keith

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  6. Thanks Rob, it was an easy subject to divide into separate areas and work with stronger colours as I worked forwards.

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  7. It's an unusual viewpoint John. Most photographs and paintings are from the top of the cliffs. I had to scramble down a steep path to reach the rocky shore.

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  8. Good heaven this is something!
    You still manege to amaze me with your work. Unbelievable that this is possible with watercolour, ... superb!!

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  9. Thanks René. Every so often there is one that seems a bit more special.

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  10. Excellent painting Keith, showing yet again the wonderful Caithness coastline. I find the countryside can be so gentle, and then I reach the coast and it takes my breath away! Your painting portrays it beautifully. :)

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  11. I know what you mean Ingrid. The change can be quite sudden sometimes.

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  12. A very fine painting Keith you really do capture the colours and atmosphere of the area perfectly.

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  13. lovely atmosphere and palette to this one Keith.

    Theme park at Land's End? My God, I am never going down there again!

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  14. Thanks Frank.

    I went to Land's End as a child and there wasn't much there then. From what I've read I won't be going again either.

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