March’s highlight was attending Paul Bambrick’s second Missenden Abbey Backscene Course, out of which came the following piece of forced perspective scenery.
Distant view of Exmoor
This is Wales, not Scotland, with a castle on the left of this view, looking over the cutting of an ex-GWR line in the Vale of Glamorgan. What’s the relevance for Kyle of Sutherland?
My initial plan with Kyle of Sutherland was to model Carbisdale Castle in the landscape. I joined Paul Bambrick’s first Backscene Course at last year’s Missenden Spring Weekend to acquire the skills to make a 2D backscene merging into the 3D foreground, including the castle. I was a tad over-ambitious but was more than happy with the “2D sky and trees backscene” I produced: this became the backdrop to the picture of Station Cottage in the Scenic Gallery.
I’ve now gone a bit further and made this small-scale mock-up (one-third of 4mm scale) of a 3D diorama. 9 inches deep (front to back), this 8 inch wide section of the 12 inch wide diorama shows the landscape sloping down to cliffs by the Bristol Channel. It was modelled by placing a 2D (painted) sky-distant hills-sea backscene an inch beyond the genuine 3D scenery on the Welsh side.
Will this benefit Kyle of Sutherland?