Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Almost A Childhood Memory




Almost A Childhood Memory

This was my first view from across an open field. We had just passed through a gate at the edge of a path taken through a dense forest. And there was a view, this view, created so many times as a child, fabricated through imagination from rock formations in long ago adventures within more familiar woods, along more familiar shores. I wished my younger brother, the one I shared these adventures with was with me to see what we so often invented in our adventures, so long ago.
This is Kilchurn Castle on the northeastern shore of Loch Awe in the Scottish Highlands. The Loch is beyond. The field here we crossed to explore the ruins was under water back before the castle was deserted and became such wonderful ruins. The water level of the Loch has dropped over so many years. I was seeing us within, on an island of course, defending ourselves from the rest of the world, for the short time I was there. 
This is the same castle mentioned in a previous post titled “Abandoned Opening”.
12”x 9” ink and watercolor



16 comments:

  1. That sounds like a wonderful adventure, one you would never forget, and have brought to life here. I loved the Scottish Highlands. So many old castles, so many lochs, so much rushing, falling water, and open land and I couldn't get over the lack of development. If that was here, thousands of tatty, tasteless housing tracts would be springing up to block the view, as along our own beautiful lake shores.

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    1. I agree. I love the way the loch’s have been left for the most part public and free of development, a so much more civilized way to treat what should be for all. The views almost everywhere here in Scotland take me to wonderful places real and imagined. We have so much space in our country, yet work so hard, it seems to take it away from even how we would want it to be viewed by ourselves…

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  2. Oh Anthony, this is beautiful !!! oh why can't we re-cycle the beauty of of the old, instead of developing the new basic badly constructed housing...everywhere... hopefully Scotland knows that they have way too much to lose, this is truly spectacular!!!! I love this interpretation of your childhood's imagination...

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    1. Thank you
      Part of the beauty here is in maintaining the ruins with out commercializing them, without charging a fee for the opportunity to explore and dream.

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  3. Nice memory...the more left unfinished...the more we can fantasize...~ magical

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    1. Less usually leaves more space for so much more☺

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  4. I think it is so cool that what you imagined as children actually found a physical manifestation in adulthood. I wish you brother could have seen it also. You have captured it beautifully!

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    1. It was an instant memory of moments from childhood shared..
      Thank you

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  5. Very beautiful painting from your childhood memories !!!
    Have a nice summer day Anthony !!!

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  6. Very dramatic - both the painting and the text. Really great work!

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  7. I have never been here, but it looks absolutely enchanting.
    Yes, I too can imagine living here...safe from the rest of the World...in utter peace...
    Oh how I would love to camp out here! :)

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    1. Enchanting is a great way to express how it felt coming upon these ruins.
      I think you could camp out here. We were told camping in the highlands in most areas is free..

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