Thursday, February 12, 2015

Quarry Buildings

"Old Quarry Workings, Dirlot" - watercolour - 16 x 26 cm



Usually I find old buildings more interesting than modern ones: they seem to sit more naturally in the landscape, and they have a sense of history about them. These concrete quarry buildings are probably only about 50 years old. They're not used any more, and I suppose they are beginning to acquire a patina of age, but I think it was all the different angles and shadows that attracted me to this subject.


12 comments:

  1. Good evening Keith!... Something old... used to make something new. Every old building has its own character and story to be told. If one looks... and listens... one is able to translate lost voices and activity which make each building unique.

    You have certainly breathed a breath of fresh air... and possibility into this one! LOvely warm transparent washes of color!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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  2. Good evening Keith!... Something old... used to make something new. Every old building has its own character and story to be told. If one looks... and listens... one is able to translate lost voices and activity which make each building unique.

    You have certainly breathed a breath of fresh air... and possibility into this one! LOvely warm transparent washes of color!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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    1. Hi Bruce, I sometimes feel a bit like those people who go round recording oral histories. These old buildings are crumbling away, and as they do it gets harder to imagine the history behind them. At least if I continue with my 'recordings' there will be some memory of them.

      All the best,
      Keith

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  3. I agree with about old buildings, Keith, and, as you say, this one has some delightful angles and shadows. I feel that, to a degree, the painting captures some of those things that the old building has seen and some of those secrets that have been relegated to the shadows. A lovely painting.

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    1. Thanks Diane, I'm glad that you can see something beneath the surface in this one.

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  4. Never has an old concrete building looked so attractive Keith. I can see the attraction of the angles and I imagine the perspectives weren't as straightforward as they might at first appear. I love the line of dark trees which helps the building stand out and the building itself looks as if just supposed to be there. Fabulous work Keith.

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    1. Thanks John. Yes the perspective was a bit tricky.

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  5. Hi Keith, This one does look a bit tricky .. but you've managed it so well . As usual .
    I wondered what that is on the background hill.. ? A tower? And I'd be interested to know why you included it other than 'it was there'.

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  6. I could do with a building like that Keith, somewhere in the wilds where I could sit and paint all day and not be disturbed or worry about the time! As usual, lovely watercolour work.

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  7. Lovely to see the painting again. Thank you, Keith.

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