Wednesday, July 22, 2009

End of an era

Acrylic on hardboard 8" x 8"

This is a re-work of a painting I did about a year ago. The mill buildings to which this chimney is attached were I think due for demolition but as far as I know they are still there. For anyone local they are in Carrbrook but I can't remember the name of the mill at the moment. Hope they save it!


Blogger Barbara M. said...

Hi Sheila,

In Toronto the old mills and distilleries have been renovated into cultural spaces. I hope this happens to your mill.

Super painting.

Take care,


6:44 PM  
Blogger Sheila Vaughan said...

Hi Barbara, yes this has happened in London I think more than up here in the north. Here the mills, if kept, are turned into apartment blocks. Problem is no one wants the tall factory chimneys; they have no use for them any more. But I just love painting them.

7:48 PM  
Blogger Gwen Bell said...

Wonderful painting. I hope they save your mill, but if not, so glad you painted it!

5:02 AM  
Blogger Sheila Vaughan said...

Thanks Gwen, yes, gradually all these chimnies are disappearing. I'd better check up and make sure I have painted every one left in the area.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Simon Jones said...

They probably become a liability if they are not maintained, and thats expensive on a tall unaccessible chimney.

9:26 PM  
Blogger Sheila Vaughan said...

Yes Simon, of course you are right. It's just that the chimneys are THE most symobolic icon of the industrial past of this area. I know in Cornwall they have designated certain tin mines as World Heritage sites but then I suppose our tall factory chimneys would take so much more effort to maintain (and sadly no Fred Dibnah now to shin up them and do the necessary pointing).

8:19 PM  

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