One of only a couple of buildings still standing at Lancelot, South Australia, the town that almost never was. This little stone cottage, so lovingly built by skilled stonemasons, is now home to lizards and crows.
Approximate size, framed, 63cms x 91cms
I photographed these boats as we waited for the ferry from the Isle of Skye to the Scottish mainland at Mallaig. The cottages in the background are actually made-up, but the real ones are something like these, but not exactly here.
Approximate size framed, 55cms x 72cms
Who wouldn’t love these old eucalypts that we saw on a recent journey through the Victorian goldfields.
Approx 50cms x 60cms inc. frame
I’ve painted this one from several angles at various times. It’s the kind of view I love, and the barn’s owner should be embarrassed, but probably isn’t, or he would have fixed it long ago.
Approx 40cms x 60cms inc. frame
Eilean Donan is a tiny island with a castle whose origins go back to the 13th century. It sits at the junction of three sea-lochs in the Scottish Highlands, the principal loch being Kyle of Lochalsh. We were there in 2017, as also was a British jet fighter that flew down the Loch at treetop altitude at maybe 800 kph, leaving everyone quivering for the next 15 minutes.
48cms x 60cms approx. inc. frame
Lancelot’s the town that never was. It was laid out in the late 1800’s, the pub and a few minor buildings were built, and it stopped right there. My great grandfather was the licensee, and my maternal grandfather, aged 2, fell into the underground tank below the kitchen floor and nearly drowned. Fortunately, the kitchen staff were quick off the mark and pulled him out again. Today the ruins of the pub sit on private land about 15 kilometres from Peterborough.
Approx. 86cms x 67cms inc. frame.
This is what happens when the signs of decay go un-attended, and the wind blows.
Approx. 120cms x 84cms
An old barn somewhere in the Mid-North of South Australia. Maybe it’ll capture the enthusiasm (and the dollars) of someone with plenty of vision and energy.
50cm x 61cm incl. frame
Built from stone found nearby, this abandoned house tells a story of trial and submission. Small farms eventually were absorbed into bigger ones.
80cm x 103cm inc. frame
Near our daughter’s house in Oakley, Hampshire, is this old brick barn with the same broken window that’s looks the same every time we visit, every two years.
Approximate size, 38cms x 44cms