The Sea of Tranquility (July Challenge)

The Sea of Tranquility (July Challenge)

Yes Bri you have achieved ‘Tranquility’ with this challenge.

Great use of complementary colours, Brian.

Great reflections Bri, and if you hadn’t told us the sun is in the wrong place, we wouldn’t have known! Artists license eh? Quite challenging to paint an evening scene with this sort of light, but it’s very effective.

Thank you very much, Shaun, Ronald and Tessa, for the kind comments. Appreciated. I might fiddle about with this one as time progresses because it's not quite there yet, at least I don't think so. Looks better in real life but... *smile* Best to all Bri

Who cares about the positioning of the sun. You’ve given us a treat here Brian. Love the way y of have painted the waves and your treatment of the reflecting sun, which I think is perfect. I always overdo that bit. If you don’t mind me saying, I would disperse the yellow a little more in the sky as it is a little bit clumped together but hi Brian I could be completely wrong, especially as I am never happy with the sunsets I try to paint.

Thank you very much, Carole, for sharing your thoughts. Much appreciated. I think I'll revise this one a bit, including the sky, once the paint has dried, because the yellows and blues are the devil for throwing up greens. *smile* The quality of the pic is terrible, btw, and I'm at a loss about what to do. Just me being grumpy. lol Thanks again for your generous support and comments. Bri

Very spiritual, and completely unique.

Thank you very much for the generous analysis, Jen. Much appreciated. Bri

Hang on Studio Wall

Oil on canvas 50 x 40 cms. New painting which attempts to show a calm and serene sea. I seem to have spent an age painting tempestuous seas so I thought I'd try a calmer version. Strictly speaking, the sun isn't quite in the right position for the north east coast, being a little too far over to the left. At this time of year, and this time of day, it would be barely visible on the right hand side of the painting. Just saying.

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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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