Striding Over the Edge

Striding Over the Edge

Looks beautiful and wild Brian you've made a lovely job of capturing it on canvas

Ah, it's an exhilarating place, Dennis, one that forces you to stand still to look. The great Alfred Wainwright said, "It's all magnificent country". And so it is. Thanks for the kind comments. Very much appreciated. Brian

Wow Brian, this is an amazing painting, both the mountains and the sky looks wonderful. I think you and your dog were very brave to walk along that!!!!

Very beautiful. Great to hear the story too.

Wonderful depth and magnificent splendour, must be exhilarating to be up there in the clouds. Beautifully painted Brian.

Thank you Carole, Margaret, Dawn and Fiona, for the very generous comments. I really do appreciate you taking the time to look and comment. Absolutely delighted you liked this painting, Carole. Ah, Margaret, he was an experienced hand and no fool. If he didn't like the look of something he used to wait until I could give him a lift. The track is about a narrow pavement's width along the top, but the drop to either side is a bit hairy. Pleased you enjoyed the story, Dawn. *smile* It is wonderful, Fiona, when you walk along the fell tops on a clear day with low cloud to one side. The view in every direction is amazing. I never get used to it and never take it for granted. The sea has the same effect on me. Best to all Brian

PS Did you notice the walkers on the ridge? B

Beautiful and wild, I can just imagine tumbling down that edge in the mist.

Thank you very much Sandra, for the kind and encouraging comments. Appreciated. Providing you take care and stop when you want to look at something, the crossing isn't too scary. Scary enough, though. *smile* Brian

Fabulous sense of place, Brian.

Thank you very much, Shirley, for the encouraging comment. I'm pleased the sense of place was apparent. Thanks for letting me know. Brian

Oh Brian, you've got me worried about your dog now! 😮Not you of course. This is a beauty, bet it takes pride of place. The ridge catching the light takes the eye around and beyond the edge you've got a real sense of the drop. Congrats!

Thank you very much, Marjorie, for the super comments. You had me smiling. Ben was such a good climber I never had to worry about him and I honestly never put him in any danger. I used to tell people, tongue in cheek, that he was a Cumbrian Fell Dog, a breed that doesn't even exist. I've seen a few dogs making the crossing over the years. They love it. *smile* So pleased you liked this one. Brian

Goodness Brian this brought back some memories. Although I never did Striding Edge in the winter I was thrilled when I did complete it many years ago -a few scary moments along the way but walking with experienced walkers. I love the way you've got the sunlight on the ridge. Wonderful.

I can't tell you how pleased I was to read your comments, Carol. Thank you very much. It's so good to read that this painting evoked some memories, and that you have experienced the delights of Striding Edge. The only ridge that beat it, for me, for the scary factor was Sharp Edge, Blencathra, near Keswick. I concentrated like there was no tomorrow when I crossed that wonderful ridge. Brian

I love this

Thank you very much Alan, for the very encouraging comment. Appreciated. Brian

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Oil on canvas 60 x 50 cms. I started with a drawing then applied an acrylic underpainting and finished with oils. I've walked along this edge (arete) many times, once with my dog, Ben. He had the best ideas, by far, when it came to choosing the safest route. It's not as difficult as it looks btw. There are two plaques along the edge to commemorate two blokes who didn't make it to the other side. Not recent events, incidently, but a word of warning. The arete is Striding Edge in the Lake District, an edge which leads to the summit of Helvellyn, a peach of a mountain.

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Brian J Mackay

I'm a retired FE lecturer (63), having taught Marketing and Geography to Travel & Tourism students for twenty years or so, and I DO miss it a bit. My wife, Diane, is from Kendal, where she introduced me to the Lake District fells, tarns and lakes. They have been a source of inspiration for me (and…

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