Blencathra from Castlerigg Stone Circle (Near Keswick)

Blencathra from Castlerigg Stone Circle (Near Keswick)

Great work Brian, I can almost breathe in the crystal clear air! I've visited Castlerigg a few times but I've never seen the Stones covered in snow. However I will be there again in a couple of weeks so maybe this time?

Thank you very much for the great comments, Russell. Always appreciated. I know how much you admire the Lakes, and it was good to read that you'd visited Castlerigg before. It was a bit tricky deciding which way to tackle this one because there's not a lot going on in the immediate vicinity. I've an idea for a close up twilight version, to bring out the mystical side of this ancient circle. BUT!! "The best laid plans of mice and men". Bri

Gosh Bri, love the cloud shadows you’ve created here! A lovely crisp painting and good composition.

Wonderful sky and snow effect, Brian, and an unusual and interesting composition.

Fabulous sky and snow Bri and I like the touch of pink in the clouds, this is a beautiful painting and the figures add some scale to the piece.

That is superb Brian, it gives the feeling of the viewer following those people, brilliant work 😀👍👍👍

Thank you very much Tessa, Pauline, Margaret and Linda, for the very encouraging comments. Truly appreciated. I'm delighted the sky and snow are pulling their weight, so thanks everyone for mentioning it. I added the figures for exactly that reason, Margaret. It's so difficult to get a handle on scale without some sort of reference. Thanks for that. Ha! We could indeed be following the couple with the dog, Linda. Nicely spotted effect. *grin* Best to all Bri

Brilliant Brian - full of atmosphere and I love the colours.

Beautiful sky Brian and you've caught the feeling of a cold but lovely sunny day.

Really great painting, Brian - like the light on the snow and mountain tops and the figures work well.

Thank you very much indeed, Shaun, Val and Maureen, for the kind comments. Very much appreciated. I was hoping the cold and clarity of the conditions would come through, and I added the figures for scale, so thanks for the close look. It really warms the cockles. Bri

Cor.....Brian, this is one health painting, all that fresh air and space! Magnificent!

Thank you very much, Fiona, for the inspiring comments. Much appreciated, as always. A healthy day it is, and clear as glass. That snow's going nowhere. Good day for a sledge, though. Bri

Love the figures, the stones, foreground shadows and footprints Brian.

Thank you very much, Carole, for your kind & supportive comments. Always appreciated. This was painted for my sister, Katherine, who simply asked for a painting of Castlerigg Stone Circle, a Lake District painting with no water. I'll have to do another one to give her a choice. *smile* I'm really pleased the figures and shadows are working. I always post with one eye shut, sort of tentatively. Bri

Splendid painting Brian

Thank you very much, Dermot. Appreciated. Bri

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Oil on deep edged canvas, 50 x 40 cms. A lovely place to visit, at the most northerly edge of the Lake District National Park. The central mountain is Blencathra, which marks the end of the the uplands. Beyond this point the land flattens out considerably.

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Brian J Mackay

I'm a retired FE lecturer (62), 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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