Friday, 21 December 2012

Dunfermline Abbey and Palace Ruins

Dunfermline Abbey and Palace Ruins

The above is a Pen and Ink using only black chines ink produced by grinding the ink block on a stone. Was ground and collected it is applied with a dipper pen and a small brush.

Of all the paintings I have produced this one has had the most hours of time spent on it. I am glad I have not been clock watching. 

Not far from where I live is the City of Dunfermline. Dunfermline used to be the Capital of Scotland. Now the Capital City is Edinburgh, Dunfermline still has its beautiful Abbey building but the once Palace is now ruins. 

As a young lad we used to dare each other to run along the ramparts, a foolish thing, but the way of youth. 

When I first became a minister of religion I was invited to preach in the magnificent Abbey Pulpit, under which lies the body of King Robert the Bruce. 

It is not often that I say I am proud of a painting but in all humility I today say, I am proud to have painted this one. I am sure as I learn this new medium I will do better, but for now I offer this one to you. 

This blog is linked to my other. Too Busy...


  1. It is big and grand and stunning Ralph! Remarkable detail! What a collection you are creating!

  2. I have to agree, this is one of your best pieces. Funny how a place you hold dear in your heart got you to apply such sensitivity. When we are passionate about our subject, it usually shows. I'm so impressed with your progress. It seems you've found a medium that is quite suitable for you. I look forward to seeing where it takes you...

  3. Well shame on me! I have missed these remarkable pieces... Ralph, I think you have found your calling.. don't stop now! BJ

  4. C'est avec un immense plaisir que je découvre cette très jolie oeuvre... Un dessin parfait. je suis restée longuement à l'admirer... Continuez à m'émerveiller...

    Je vous souhaite des très joyeuses fêtes et tous mes voeux pour 2013.
    Gros bisous.

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  6. Ralph j'ai fait connaissance avec vous par l'entremise du blog de Martine Alison. Je suis ravie de découvrir votre talent. Cet oeuvre et tout à fait remarquable. Merci de la partager avec nous.

  7. Muy buenos estos trabajos Ralph.
    Gracias por tú comentario en mi blog.