Abandoned Farmstead

Abandoned Farmstead, Watercolour, 25 x 36 cm

I love painting these abandoned farmsteads. They usually make a good focal point in an empty landscape. This one isn't too decayed yet and is still weatherproof. I think it's used as an overnight shelter sometimes, probably by fishermen.


  1. It's lovely Keith!

    I'm currently scouting out such places for my 'Ruin' exhibition at Eden Court later in the year - was coming back from the Orkney ferry on Sunday and even from the main road spotted so many choice crumbling buildings... Caithness is obviously where it's at for beautiful ruins I think :-)

  2. Good Morning Keith!... Your warm feelings and palette of colour certainly give your "ruins" subjects another chance!

    Like you... I believe that they deserve at least another look... and our pictures just might be the very last glimpse of their existence!

    I always marvel... looking at the isolation and ruggedness of lands surrounding many of these farms... at the courage and perseverence of these early settlers!

    Strange as it might seem... I feel their presence .. still!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,

  3. Beautiful Watercolour Keith. brilliant Sky. All the best.

  4. Hello! That is a very nice drawing!

    Ciao Bella

    Bella Bliss

  5. Oh, the loneliness! You so conveyed a mood.

  6. Hi Nicki, yes there are plenty of ruins in Caithness, unfortunately, but perhaps fortunately for the artist!

    Thanks for the information about Eden Court, by the way. I've got an exhibition there, myself, in September.

  7. Hi Bruce, I'm often concious of the fact that I am recording something that will soon disappear. I've watched some buildings collapse over the last few years.

    Like you, I marvel at the hardiness of previous generations. I sometimes walk for miles over the moors. thinking that I am far from any human habitation, and then I come across an old farmstead. It would seem a tough life to us now, even with modern vehicles and communications.

    All the best,

  8. Thanks Shirley, I'm glad you get that feeling. That makes it a successful painting, I think.

  9. Bonny watercolour painting Keith, very evocative of the countryside around where you live. Sadly these crofts will become lost in time, knocked down to build modern homes with large windows. I believe Robert Burns birth home will be cared for well by the NTS but others are in danger of being distroyed.

  10. Hi Caroline,

    Yes there are lots of these abandoned crofts. Unfortunately, as you say, they're not what people want now and they're often too remotely located as well.


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