Angling for Clouds

Angling for Clouds

It looks super Bri, the blue of the water with those lovely clouds and the reflections of the trees looks wonderful. What a peaceful place this looks.

Thank you very much, Margaret, for the super comments. Appreciated, as always. It IS INDEED a peaceful and calming place to walk and fish, with walkers and anglers quietly going about their business. Delighted the reflections and clouds worked. Thanks for telling me. Bri

I’m always fascinated by cloud reflections in water and you’ve captured this beautifully Bri. It looks a lovely place and I can feel your warmth for it: really well done.

Beautifully painted,lovely reflections

Thank you very much for the kind and supportive comments, Tessa and David. Very much appreciated. I'm really pleased you both focussed on the reflections because it was the reflections that first attracted me to the scene. I managed to take a few lovely photos. It IS remarkably peaceful, Tessa, surprisingly so. Bri

A fabulous painting Brian, the water and reflections are superbly captured but the trees and foliage are also brilliantly rendered. I so admire artists that can paint landscapes!

Thank you very much, Russell, for the amazing comments. I'm bowled over! I thoroughly enjoy portraiture but am always drawn back to landscapes. I'm so pleased this one is working because it's been on my mind for a couple of weeks. The reflections caught my eye immediately as I walked down the path, and I nearly dropped my iphone in the pond with all the hurrying. *lol* Bri

Beautiful scene Brian, love your colours and the reflections. Also interested in your process outlined in the description.

Thank you very much, Sandra, for the great comments. Much appreciated. I find I get less oil absorption and fewer dull spots of I prime the canvas with acrylic, so I prime the shop-primed canvas then use an extra layer of acrylic as an under-painting, leaving it to dry overnight. Bri

I love the title Brian, it fits so well with this wonderful scene and painting.

Thank you very much, Fiona, for the kind comments. Always appreciated. I took some time over the title. I was going to call it "Fishing for Clouds" but realised it was an angling pond. Thanks for mentioning it. Bri

A beautiful painting Brian. Love the reflected sky, clouds and trees. Great colours, fabulous light. You’ve really caught that serene moment in time.

Thank you very much, Nigel, for the great analysis and kind comments. Much appreciated. There are a few ponds in the reserve and all of them have something to offer, but when I saw these amazingly clear reflections in this almost undisturbed pond, I couldn't wait to catch the image. I managed to take three photos before the clouds passed and the breeze disturbed the surface, but it was such a fortunate moment. I nearly dropped my iphone into the water in my hurry. One of those juggling acts. *smile* Delighted you liked Bri

I've updated the painting by adjusting the shadows and highlights on the trees, then added some more to the reflections accordingly.

Those trees are brilliantly painted Brian and with their reflection together with the cloud reflections in that lovely blue water makes for a very calming and tranquil painting.

Thank you very much, Val, for the charming review of this painting. I appreciate the comments very much. The entire scene just opened up before me, and there, like a dream, were the passing clouds reflected perfectly in the pond. I just had to try and capture something of that scene. I'd post the photos but the gallery doesn't take links. I might put them in the forum for anybody that might be interested. Bit vain of me, so maybe not. Bri

love how you captured the reflection

Thank you very much, Denise, for dropping in to comment. Much appreciated. Yes, it was the reflections that first caught my eye. Delighted you liked. Bri

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Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cms. This is a painting of a local nature reserve and one of its many angling ponds, a few miles from where I live. I just couldn't wait to take a photo of these reflected passing clouds as I wandered along the path in search of an image. I thought my luck was in. lol. For once, I'm pleased with how it turned out. I primed the canvas with acrylic, added a line sketch, painted an acrylic guide, then dived into the oils, alla prima. See what you think

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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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