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Falling apart

"Where the Forss Meets the Sea", watercolour, 25 x 36 cm

No, it's not me that's falling apart! It's another old building that I've seen deteriorating over the years. When I first came across it, there were just a couple of holes in the roof and it looked fairly sound. Those holes were enough, though, to allow the wind and rain to get to work. The roof timbers must have rotted, and when they could no longer carry the weight, they collapsed. It's sad to see, but it's a very organic process; almost like natural ageing.

The building stands right on the edge of the beach, where the River Forss runs into the sea. I don't know what its original purpose was. It's fairly substantial for this area; bigger than a croft house. It looks more like a larger farmhouse, but it seems a strange location for it. Maybe it had some involvement with fishing as well.


  1. A simply smashing watercolour in every aspect of technical accomplishment!

    The very expressive and unique title... simply repeats in words... what your brush already has done in colour and movement!

    Bravo Keith. One of my all time favourite Tilleys!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,

    1. Hi Bruce, it's one of my favourites as well. It seemed to paint itself, and I was pleased with the unfussy clarity of the end result.

      All the best,

  2. Very nice composition, Keith, and lovely clarity of colour to go with it. Lovely!

    1. Thanks Rob. The Prince of Wales must have agreed with you, because it's now in his collection!

  3. A lovely fresh watercolour painting Keith. The house is very close to the sea must have been cold there during a winter storm.

    1. Thanks Caroline. Yes it's a very exposed location. I think there must have been a reason for it being built right on the shoreline.

  4. It is always very sad to see buildings falling apart; one cannot help but wonder (as you obviously have) about the part the building may have played in years gone by. A lovely painting, Keith, with a definite depth of feeling.

    1. Thanks Diane. I've always liked this ruin since I first saw it.


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