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A New Angle on the Stacks

The Coastline at Duncansby Head
25 x 36cm

In the usual tourist view of the rock stacks at Duncansby Head (*) they look pyramid-shaped. However from further along the cliffs they can be seen to be quite thin ridges of rock, almost two-dimensional in appearance.

The colours were from the same primary palette that I used for the last painting.

* link

From the collection of HRH The Prince of Wales.


  1. Good afternoon Keith.
    Lovely painting. I especially love the Darks on the nearest Rock. All the best keith.

  2. Lovely piece, Keith. I love that nice cool sea colour against the warmer colours of the rocks and, as Victor noted, the darke tide marks on the foreground rocks that give a clue that things can get a bit rougher out there!

  3. Hi Keith!... Another great panoramic view... created with a real sense of tension between the jagged pyramidal forms... tied together by that distant ridge of rock!

    Great colour! Warm tones really add to a feeling of calm in what could be... I'd imagine quite a raging and tumultuous place during stormy weather!

    A gem Keith!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,

  4. Yes, Michael, it's not often that calm. The rocks themselves are evidence of that.

  5. Thanks Bruce, I wasn't sure whether I could pull this one off. It was quite difficult to get the sense of height above the sea and the hazy distance as well.

    All the best,

  6. A fabulous painting Keith. I agree with the other comments regarding the warm colours and the dark tones of the rocks. You've certainly achieved a good sense of their height above sea level and that is greatly helped by your customary low-flying birds which provide a good sense of scale. Masterly.

  7. Thanks John. Yes the birds certainly helped with the scale.

  8. You should give those oil painter some breathing ground you know!
    You can't paint like this with watercolour!! My idea is that it
    should be forbidden, it's waaay to good!!

    Keep at it Keith, it's just awesome eye-candy.

  9. Well it's "horses for courses" as we say over here. You oil-painters do some great work as well.


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