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A Reminder of Home

"Tongside Farmyard", watercolour, 25 x 36 cm

A recent commission, for friends to give to a son who has moved to the other side of the World. I enjoyed painting this one, with its contrast of strong sunlight and shade. I had to paint the dogs from memory, but I think they made all the difference to the final result.


  1. Good morning Keith!... What a wonderful "heart gift" from home... for a far-flung son to receive!

    The addition of the two dogs adds such a strong personal sense to the painting... and given the circumstance which you mention... they both seem to be awaiting the arrival of someone expected. How good is that?

    That's one ol' Romantic's read... but Hey!... Paintings should speak beyond the surface value! This one does... for me! Bravo... again Keith. A knockout composition to boot! Bravo... again!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,

    1. Good Morning Bruce. The sheepdogs are keeping watch, as they do, to make sure everything is in its place. However, since one of them was originally intended for the young man, your reading of the painting is spot on!

      Thanks for your perceptive comments.

      All the best,

  2. I agree about the dogs, Keith; they make the painting feel more real - as though there are people there (hiding somewhere just out of sight). I think that this is one of the things that will make the painting so precious for the young man receiving it. Not only is the painting a beautiful image of the home he grew up in, but it also encompasses the people whom he loves. Lovely painting. Kindest regards, Diane

    1. Hi Diane, what you say is so true: the young man grew up playing in the farmyard, and has fond memories of the dogs; and the suggestion of other people somewhere out of the picture provides a sense of family and home.

  3. Keith, saw this yesterday, but no time to come on here. I think this is one of those paintings that will always bring fond memories to that family.

    1. Yes, I think it's destined to become a family heirloom.

  4. I like the colours in this painting, nice shadows too. I used to have a border collie many years ago they are great dogs full of character.

    1. So did I, Caroline, and she was a wonderful dog: so intelligent and loyal.


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