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Remote and Lonely

"Thulachan, Strathmore" - watercolour - 16 x 26 cm


Thulachan is another of the many old dwellings scattered throughout the Flow Country. Originally it would have been a croft-house, and later it was used as a shooting lodge. Probably few people visit it now except for occasional fishermen and walkers seeking shelter.

This is one of the paintings in my exhibition, "The Highlands and Beyond", at Northlands Creative Glass, Lybster, 21st October - 8th November.


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  1. Hi there Keith!... Another predictably fluid and richly coloured watercolour! I am always amazed to view your paintings of such buildings surrounded by what appears to be empty space and I always overwhelmed by that sense of remoteness.

    The five chimneys must ceratinly speak of the cold and dampness that must visit the area where this fine stone dwelling is located! Your watercolour certainly reminds us of a style of living that for all intents and purposes is... history!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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    1. Hi Bruce, that's really the way it is: a vast empty area of boggy moorland with a scattering of old ruined farmsteads like this. They are lonely and remote now, but less than a hundred years ago, they were linked in a self-reliant community. Yes it's a lost world that's part of history now. A place to ponder on what has gone before, and on our place in the greater scheme of things.

      All the best,
      Keith

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  2. I do hope that it does not just disintegrate with age. A beautiful image. Hope that all is going well with your exhibition, Keith.

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    1. I'm afraid that it will Diane, the windows have gone in a few places so the wind can get in now.

      I had a few sales on the Preview night and a lot of interest, so it's looking good.

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