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Lonely Thulachan

"Lonely Thulachan" - watercolour - 24 x 36 cm

A few months ago I wrote about the old cottage at Thulachan. I mentioned that it was in a remote location and that not many people visited it any more. This painting gives a better idea of just how isolated it is. I had climbed a nearby hill and made a sketch of the view out over the Flow Country landscape. This is the watercolour I made later from the sketch. 



  1. Serene and peaceful - I love it.

  2. I think "lonely" would sum up perfectly living in a cottage like that Keith. Your painting gives a feeling of wide open space.

    1. I'm glad that's the sense you get Frank, that was the important thing.

  3. Hi there Keith!... Seems that you're at it again! This piece perhaps best describes the vast wilderness that we both both seek out and cherish. A land without people "Present"... just enough historical reminders to say that there was in the Past.

    Your work and the vast space depicted here piques the mind to search for the 'whys' as to why one would locate and build a life so remotely. How was subsistence achieved... and why was it abandoned? Questions,,, questions and more questions!

    Isn't it wonderful... that one can actually paint and promote questions and further individual thought... as opposed to providing guided answers? This gem certainly accomplishes that for me!

    Good painting!
    Warmest regards,

    1. Hi Bruce, I think 'subsistence' is an appropriate word for the kind of life that would have been lived in these places. It's easy to have romantic ideas about such a simple life, but I think it would have been hard by modern standards, and I suspect that it was inevitable that it would be abandoned eventually.

      It occurs to me that, just as a painting is better when something is left to the viewer's imagination, maybe landscapes are more interesting when they have an element of mystery. Perhaps that is part of the attraction of wilderness, in a society where our surroundings are familiar and predictable.

      Thanks for your thought-provoking comments.

      All the best,

  4. You have captured the remoteness perfectly, Keith. Well done.

  5. It must have been a wonderful experience, Keith, being there in the middle of all that quietness and vastness, and, I assume, completely on your own. Congratulations on being able to capture the essence of the experience.

    1. Yes, no-one else within sight or sound. Getting out into these places certainly recharges the spiritual batteries.


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