The Pikes of Langdale

The Pikes of Langdale
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This is lovely Brian. Incredible detail on the trees when you zoom in. Mountains are Just as impressive with the light & shade and a great sky.

Thank you very much, Rachel, for the kind reply. I never know how things are going when it comes to my own work, always finding fault after fault. I've wrenched myself away from snow scenes, enjoying the reds, yellows and greens that have emerged on my palette. (ice cream lid) *smile* Brian

Excellent work Brian, some superb shadows on those mountains.

Excellent capture of the shadows moving across the mountains. Beautiful sight!

Posted on Sat 21 Apr 15:04:37

Wonderful light in this, Beautiful work, Brian, I know how you feel...finding fault with my work too!!!

Thank you very much, Alan and Ibolya, for the generous and supportive replies. Very much appreciated. It was the colour of the shadows that first attracted me to this particular image of the Langdale Pikes. I couldn't believe how blue they were when I mixed the shadow colour. The aerial perspective is more apparent on the actual painting, but not a lot more. My iphone insists on brightening things up. *Smile* Brian

Thank you very much, Thalia, for the great reply. Appreciated. I'm so pleased you can empathise with my inability to judge my own work. Maybe we're a bit too hard on ourselves. Delighted you liked this painting. Brian

I think you have captured The Langdale Pykes brilliantly Brian, your colours really represent the lakes perfectly, from the rich golden tones of the forgot to the lovely blues in the sky, 😀

Great painting of a great place !

A stunning painting, Brian. Great depth. From what you've said I'll keep my knees well away from these mountains.

Lovely light on those mountains

Thank you very much, Richard and Lewis. Always appreciated. You sound like you know this place well, Richard. I couldn't agree more; this is a great place for beauty and walking. It's always busy, unless it's foggy. Really good to hear from a fellow enthusiast. Yip, Lewis, not a place for the dodgy knee. It's the descent that gets you the most, believe it or not. Thanks again for the very generous response. Brian

Thank you very much for the supportive comment, Emma. Appreciated. Brian

Thank you very much Maureen. Appreciated. Brian

That's so good Brian, I love the sun on the mountains and the shadows are so convincing. Beautiful!!

Beautifully painted, Brian.

Beautifully described contours and peaks......your shadow work is extremely good Brian. A wonderful balance to the painting.

Thank you very much, Margaret, Seth and Fiona, for the great comments. Deeply appreciated. Really pleased those shadows are working, Margaret. They caught my eye immediately, reminding me sharply of the shadows to be found everywhere in the Lakes. They sometimes look like a menacing gloom, especially when the clouds join in. Thanks for the nod, Seth. Pleased you liked this one. Thanks for mentioning the shadows and peaks, Fiona. Really pleased they seem to be working because I've been toying with them for about two weeks. *smile* This painting took some time, mainly because I waited for the paint to dry before progressing from one stage to the next. Also been writing a bit. Thanks again to all Brian

like the moody sky Thank you for your comments re my work. (why the different names?)

I'm pleased you liked the sky, Alan. Thanks for mentioning it. Appreciated. As to your question: I also write poetry and have one or two minor publications to my name, and have a few successes in competition writing, mainly the IBPC Poetry Comp. (InterBoard Poetry Community). My pen name is John J Williamson and I started signing my paintings JJW, hence the two names. My middle name is John and my dad was called William (Bill) so I toyed with John Williamson in memory of him, (died of cancer aged 59). One day I was telling my son, Jack, about my dad when he said, " I love these stories, dad, but I can't feel the way you feel, because I never knew him". So to bring them together, as a kind of gesture, I added an extra "J" to the pen name to give me John J Williamson. Brian John and Jack, William's son and grandson. Then, unexpectedly, (you won't believe this part of the tale) I remembered that my Aunty Mary, who looked after me when I was pre-school age to allow my mother to work as a teacher, lived on John Williamson Street. It came to me as an afterthought and forced my hand. It all sounds a bit pretentious but it was one of those personal moments, and Jack smiled at the daftness of his dad. I bet you wish you'd never asked! *LOL* All the best Brian aka JJ

Linda! I hope you get to read this note of appreciation. I've just realised I didn't reply to your comments and feel quite guilty about the oversight. Your critique was very welcome and particularly gratifying, given your familiarity with the hues and shadows of the Lakes. Your comments were very much appreciated. Best Brian

Hi Brian! this is an excellent painting - as others have said beautiful use of colour and aerial perspective. It's always difficult to know when to change reality to make a composition more appealing. The sign bottom right is a really interesting element. Maybe adding a clearing in the near bank (at one of 1/3 divisions perhaps) where the trees thin out and placing the sign close to that to allow the viewer an entry point into the painting may work better as I feel the bank is currently a barrier to enjoying the gorgeous painted backdrop. Keep up the great work! Guy

Thank you very much, Guy, for the critique and suggestions. Very much appreciated. " It's always difficult to know when to change reality to make a composition more appealing. The sign bottom right is a really interesting element. Maybe adding a clearing in the near bank (at one of 1/3 divisions perhaps) where the trees thin out and placing the sign close to that to allow the viewer an entry point into the painting may work better as I feel the bank is currently a barrier." I know exactly what you mean. I was reading an article a couple of days ago about resisting the temptation to meticulously follow an image for the sake of accuracy, and how the composition could be improved by a bit of judicious tinkering. Your suggestion seems spot on to me and I will make the adjustments accordingly. I could open a gap where the tree line dips and suggest a gravel beach. The sign could then read "No Landing". *smile* The funniest sign I ever saw in the Lakes was at Thirlmere. It read "Beware! Drinking water". Beware of what?!! Thanks again for the generous pointers. Brian

Wow. Fabulous detail and colours. Instantly recognised scene. I think you have represented the beauty and changeability of the Lakes perfectly Brian

Wonderful painting Brian

Thank you very much, Carolyn and Russell, for the encouraging comments. Appreciated. I'm SO pleased you recognised the scene, Carolyn, and yes, the weather can change in a trice. Best to both Brian

Hi Brian, like the painting - I guess this is the one that is similar to my Scottish version you commented on! Keep up the good work. Cheers, Quintin

I nearly missed this one, Quintin, and yes, this is the one I was referring to. The similarities caught my attention immediately. Thanks very much for the encouragement. Appreciated. PS I hope you get to read this note of appreciation. Brian

Love this kind of landscape. Good work Brian.

Thank you once again, David. I appreciate the replies very much. Brian

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21/04/2018
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These mountains are to be found in the Lake District, along the valley of Great langdale. They are most commonly seen by visitors from Lake Windermere, usually from one of the lake steamers. They are imposing features and absolutley wonderful to climb, presenting a tough test for both stamina and knees. I hope I've caught the flavour of these well known giants. Oil on canvas 50 x 40 cms.

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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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