Monday, November 17, 2014

Memories and Imaginings

"Ruin Above Halkirk" - watercolour - 16 x 26 cm


Another of the old ruined crofts that are spread throughout the landscape of Caithness. For a few local people they hold memories of family or lost communities, while for others they are a source of romantic imaginings.


14 comments:

  1. Lovely but somehow a bit sad as well, ... not all are distroyed aren't they? I mean some a left not so far in the passed, ... or?

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    1. Yes it's sad that they are going, there aren't many left. Some are too far from modern roads and services, and others are being pulled down and replaced with modern houses.

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  2. Btw. Keith, you have to have a look at this!!

    http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.nl/2014/11/your-diy-pochade-easel-designs.html

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    1. Some good set-ups there. As you've said before, home-made stuff is great.

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  3. Good morning Keith!... Perhaps you are one of those strange breed (like myself) who share both feelings. I think so!

    Here ...you capture the mood of both sitautions... "ruin... in warm repose". Does that fit with your take on things?

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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    1. Hi Bruce, yes I think we're on the same wavelength there. These places are so much more than just stones and wood.

      All the best,
      Keith

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  4. Love that warm glow ... even though so much is in ruins.
    BJ

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    1. Thanks BJ, the warm light made all the difference.

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  5. I think you beautifully captured the contrast between the sadness of lost communities and the romanticism of ruined buildings in the pattern of light changing from dark to light. Lovely painting, Keith.

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  6. Lovely work Keith. I would love to renovate a property like that, but to live in it afterwards, in the middle of nowhere and miles away from anyone or shops might not be my cup of tea!

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    1. Yes that's the problem isn't it Frank, it was a different way of life to the one we're used to.

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  7. Lovely washes and delicate brushwork make this a successful watercolour painting that captures the past so well.

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