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Quarry drawing

By petertudhope, May 23 2016 06:24PM

I've been visiting Tormitchell Quarry off and on now for over a year. It's like some kind of lunar landscape! I love the structural element, the darks and light, the deep blues! It's perfect for my interest in a more linear approach in my work at the moment.


I remember visiting the quarry during hillwalking trips when I was younger, spying the quarry from the opposite hill, amazed and curious. There is another quarry on the opposite hill which has recenrly opened up again and will no doubt feature in some work soon.


I have started one painting of the quarry but hope to do a small series. The great weather we've had here in Ayrshire over the last few days has helped to get out with a slightly new set up for larger pieces. I started with a simple A2 drawing from a few days ago. I've been thinking of doing a few larger drawings of the quarry and so pasted the original drawing and other sheets onto a board and set to work. I'm using a large 3'x4' ply board as a drawing board as the thin mdf board the drawing is on is that very size.

2 comments
Jul 30 2016 11:46PM by harry brown

i worked there from 1971 to 2009 the crushing plant has changed a lot since i worked there

Sep 26 2016 04:11PM by peter tudhope

Hi Harry, sorry for the late reply, I didn't get a notification for your comment. Interesting, I've been there off and on over the years but more recently found lots of inspiration there. I hope you found other images of the Quarry in other pages here on my website, some in the Drawings Folder and others in the Works on Paper Folder. I'd love to know what you think of how I've depicted the quarry, email: ptudhope@hotmail.com. Thanks for your comment!

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