Grave in the woods

Bluebell Woods, Tony. 10 09 2021 005

Bluebells just enough detail - lovely. The whole painting has a peaceful feel, just right for your man. What a beautiful thing for him to have - and I bet, for you Brian, not an easy thing to accomplish so well.

Hi, Marjorie, and thanks for the kind comments. Your words are very encouraging, especially the "peaceful" aspect of your pov. Much appreciated. It was not at all easy, Marjorie, for you never know if the mood is/was what he was looking for. He knows it's finished and will view it once it's framed. I really hopes he likes this little reminder. Bri

Beautiful painting and beautiful sentiment

Thank you very much, Anne, for the kind review. Much appreciated. Yes, I find his story to be quite moving, and I always look to the saplings when I walk this way. Bri

Love the subtle beauty of this Brian. Such a tranquil place and I’m sure your friend was delighted with the painting, a wonderful memoir.

What a beautiful place, so well painted. The story that goes with it is very human and touching. For the man involved this is a great reminder, of much greater worth than any photograph he may have taken.

Excellent - well done

What a beautiful painting and story, I bet he was delighted. It has a lovely feeling of tranquility and will be much treasured. VTW, those tree shadows are excellent too!

Thank you very much, Carole, Lew, Richard and Heather, for the generous and sensitive comments. Much appreciated. It's interesting that my son and his friends actually took great interest in how this was developing, as they all knew the bloke in question. Buying the frame today. Best to all Bri

This painting certainly conveys a feeling of peace, tranquility and poignancy Brian, it's beautifully painted.

Thank you very much for the warm comments, Russel. It really IS a peaceful place and it's a fitting resting place for his dad. Much appreciated. Bri

A beautiful painting Brian.

A lovely story & beautifully painted.

Thank you very much, Val and Caroline, for the very kind comments. Much appreciated. Bri

I can only echo the above comments Brian, especially regarding the feeling of peace and tranquillity. Beautiful painting.

I read the back story behind this piece and thought it super brave of you to even attempt it. The title brought a lump to my throat before I'd even glanced at the painting. It's beautiful Brian. You haven't overworked it. You have captured a peaceful resting place for your pal's dad. I'm sure he will be thrilled with this.

Lovely delicate painting Brian. I am sure your friend will appreciate very much. I certainly would.

Absolutely spot on with the detail, here, Brian. Bet he was thrilled with this !

This is lovely - so sensitively painted.

My apologies to Fiona, Pauline, Dympna, Thalia and Hilary for the very late reply to your wonderful comments. I've been out of the game for some time now, due to sickness (again), and have only just seen these comments. I deeply appreciate the time and effort required to study and comment, so once again I apologise. Best to all Bri PS Right back on my feet now. (famous last words *smile*)

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This painting was completed for a local bloke I sometimes see in Oakenbank Woods, as he walks his dog. We started talking one day about art and photography, when out of the blue he told me that his father's ashes were sprinkled between the three saplings in the centre of this painting. He asked me to paint the scene and this is the result. The bluebell season was his favourite time of year. It was tricky, for me, because the trees were bare and I didn't want to clog the picture up with too much detail.

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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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