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Scotscalder Station

"Into the Sunset" - watercolour - 16 x 26 cm

This view is from my nearest railway station at Scotscalder. It's unmanned, and if you want to catch a train here, you have to hold out your hand to tell the driver to stop. The journey south to Inverness takes three and a half hours, and winds in and out around the mountains and estuaries.
I think the little building in the view is probably a line-man's hut, like another one that I painted recently.


  1. Typical Keith Tilley. Love the distant hills, the rosy sky, and how I'm led into all of it by the tracks and that wall on the right... Yeah! you know your 'stuff' .. I've been MIA but will be back soon as I can.
    Barbra Joan

    1. Thanks BJ, I'm glad you noticed the lead-ins, they made a good composition without me having to alter much.

      I hope you're on the mend soon.

  2. Good morning Keith.... Drawn into that typical Tillyesque panorama with a few selected strokes of colour into the wild "unpeopled" countryside you continually seek out. One has the feeling of "ridin' the rails" on that three and a half hour journey... historical commentary to connect the dots about the country one is passing through. Magical... as always Keith!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,

    1. Hi Bruce, this was a gift of a subject really, it's not often that a composition naturally creates such a powerful sense of depth.

      Hope you're still enjoying the summer,
      Best wishes,

  3. I've always rated your skies very highly Keith, and this one is among your best, in my opinion. I know the subject matter has done most of the work for you with regards to composition but those lead-in's just drag the eye off into the distance wondering what's around the bend and over the next hill. And, as always, I can't help but be struck by your palette .... I just adore those greens. Superb work as usual. ;-)

    1. Thanks John. The greens were all various earth colours mixed with Viridian or French Ultramarine.

  4. The painting has such a lovely loneliness (or should I perhaps say 'aloneness'?) about it. When I look at it, I feel as though I am the only person in the picture... It is a beautiful painting, Keith.

    1. Thanks for your perceptive comment, Diane. "Aloneness" is very appropriate; it's a very quiet station, and it's unusual for more than one person to be waiting for a train there.


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