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Charlie's Mum
02-17-2008, 01:25 PM
Acrylic inks on w/c paper (200lbs).
A tribute to our now deceased coal-mining industry.

Ashington pit-head, Northumberland.


02-17-2008, 01:28 PM
Nice work Maureen!

02-17-2008, 01:32 PM
very evocative painting

02-17-2008, 02:15 PM
It had to have been one of the worst jobs in the world. Love the comment the late day setting sun makes, in the clearing smoke.

Thomas Greaves
02-17-2008, 02:44 PM
Very moody and rugged Maureen. Love the contrasts and the colour. To me, the yellow in your sky invokes a kind of sulphurous taste to the atmosphere.....just right for this scene.


02-17-2008, 03:46 PM
You must have a very steady hand to make all those lines...picture perfect!
Just beautiful!

02-17-2008, 04:15 PM
Good work!

02-17-2008, 05:21 PM
Very nice! Reminiscent of Charles Sheeler.

02-17-2008, 05:56 PM
I love that sky! I have always been rather fond of industial forms - I suppose it's the complex engineering that created these machines to perform some feat or another. The juxtaposition created by these forms against your sky is very appealing to me.

Really nice work!

02-17-2008, 06:01 PM
Complimented on this on WDE...love the colors and light.

Lady Carol
02-17-2008, 06:06 PM
Maureen your ink works are truly something special.

02-17-2008, 06:29 PM
Gorgeous Maureen.

02-17-2008, 06:52 PM
Your detailing is just beautiful Maureen.
I really like the combined harshness & softness of this peice!

02-17-2008, 08:59 PM
Ok... that sky..... WOW! Did you use a wet background to get the fading and flow? I really like the play of light and shadow on that huge machine as well. An outstanding effort!

02-17-2008, 09:29 PM
wow on that sky !! ... great job on all that industrial detail !!

02-17-2008, 09:55 PM
Maureen, I love what you did with this image! It was one of my favorites from among the WDE images, but I never would have thought to set it against that gorgeous sunset. Well done!


02-18-2008, 12:45 AM
such a dramatic sky..gotta love it! And great detail in this piece.

02-18-2008, 12:54 AM
Loverly Maureen! The sky fits so well and is quite attractive by itself. The lighting on the hardware is real nice too. I like the mechanical look and hardness of the machinery with soft lighting on it.

I think over here in the states them there things are a called coal tipples. Very different looking though, the ones I've seen are made of wood or encased in wooden boards. Mostly out of use here and decaying, least wise the ones I 've seen driving through West Virginia.

It's cool that artists can capture the history of a place and time like this before it goes bye-bye forever.

02-18-2008, 02:22 AM
Amazing sky.

02-18-2008, 06:55 AM
Great job..love the sky!

02-18-2008, 01:58 PM
:wave: Hi Maureen!

Compositionally (and otherwise) this is so appealing. So many interesting angles and the contrasts are striking! I also love the sky you chose; it enhances the scene perfectly! :D


02-18-2008, 03:38 PM
Maureen, all I can add is WOW! Beautiful colors and wonderfully done!

Charlie's Mum
02-18-2008, 05:30 PM
Thank you all for your kind comments.

Doc - the sky was done wet in wet .. just as with watercolours .... never know quite how it will turn out of course!

Paul - this is actually preserved in a museum at a former colliery - the pit wheels were for the raising/lowering of the cages for the colliers and bringing up the coal - massive things and at one time a very common site in the NE of England . We had a massive coal field, largely underneath the North Sea and so the coal-face could be a couple of miles from the pit-head.

To give a little context now that it's been viewed ....
... our once-thriving coal industry is no more and the consequences of the decision in the 80s to close mines was devastating to whole communities, not just in the N. East.
I wanted to portray that in this painting - hence the sunset and slightly stormy sky and the colours of the no-longer-freshly-painted and maintained pit-head equipment.
I felt quite emotional as I painted this - and was surprised because I thought those feelings were in the past ....... I guess the past is never far away! :)

02-19-2008, 01:36 AM
Hi Maureen.

Thanks for the explanation. Sounds like a collier is a miner.

We used to have quite extensive shaft coal mining here also, but most of it was shut down and the newer mines are what we call strip pits. Even the strip pits are played out around my home town back in Ohio. We used them as swimming holes as kids. It seems a tipple is for loading the coal on the train cars. Lots of old mine shafts around where I grrew up. Old miners, not so many. Very tough and dangerous work.

Here is
A WV tipple pic.
I just like the corny music on this site. Slow loading.

Some Ohio Mine pics

02-19-2008, 03:48 AM
This is lovely. I like the blended background and the contrast with the industrial sites.

02-19-2008, 10:24 AM
I love the majestic feel to this. A beautiful way of capturing history.

02-19-2008, 10:46 AM
Not sure what I was expecting, but I sure love it. Love that sky and the coal mine is just beautiful.....talent to make a coal mine beautiful ..great job

Charlie's Mum
02-21-2008, 06:56 AM
Sorry to be so late in saying 'thank you' everyone! :o

Paul - thanks for the links - interesting history don't you think?
The coal mining still happening in Britain is almost all what we call 'Open cast' - a real blot on the landscape - but when mined out, the landscape is transformed to rural beauty once more. :D