Towards Threlkeld Village and Blencathra, near Keswick, Cumbria.

Towards Threlkeld Village and Blencathra, near Keswick, Cumbria.

A happy painting Michael with lovely vibrant greens!

Thank you Satu and Dennis.

Another smashing image that splash of red in the foreground.

I've walked around there and love the moodiness and atmodphere of those fells. Lovely. I'm From Cumbrian parents and very passionate about the place. Diana

It is a magical place. I've climbed most of the principal fells but couldn't manage now. Your work is brilliant.

Lovely feel to this Michael really free and nicely painted . Really nice

My goodness - how clever - it really does not look digital - love it

Another good one Michael...wish I had your inspiration!

Vibrant painting Michael, lovely jubbly!

Sylvia and Carole, I'm pleased you like it. Thank you for your kind comments.

This is a nice piece of work Michael, I have stayed in Threlkeld many times over the years and walked the fells of the Lakes both on my own and leading groups more times than I care to remember. You ve gladdened my heart by giving a beautiful hill it's correct name Blencathra instead of that awful tag ' saddleback' they stuck on it. I think the colours work really well and those touches of red on the roof tops along with white walls just give a lift and focal point, really like the ressesion you have got with colour into the distance, nice one.

I'm pleased you like it Malcolm. I've used a little poetic licence, as you will see, but I can't do detail very well and it developed based on a mixture of recollection and artistic ability, both of which are limited. Accordingly, at times I seem to ease my inability through a semi-abstract style. Images just seem to 'appear' out of nowhere sometimes, and this was one of them. I like your art work and the fact that you paint through a sense of 'place'. You've had some amazing experiences in the outdoors and I'm sure they were all good for the soul. I have three mad memories I can share with you. I once borrowed a pair of walking boots from a friend to do the Lyke Wake Walk and lost both big toe nails and had other damage. I took an Iranian lad up Helvellyn who was wearing Mexican style high heel boots. I went up a snowy Scafell Pyke one Sunday afternoon with a group of 'hard lads' one of whom had a broken leg in plaster and who did it for a bet. Good luck with your painting Malcolm.

Spring is here! Thank you for your comment on my latest portrait. I was interested and pleased that you had picked up on what you have. He is a war reporter who was kidnapped by the Taliban, and released, and in the reference he was wearing a flak jacket. I aim for more than a facsimile. I'm pleased to have succeeded!

Thanks Gudrun. That makes me some kind of psychic perhaps. I did really feel that. I know you already know but you are really good and I think that image is especially good.

Hang on Studio Wall

Digital sketch. From recollections of happy holidays and hikes in the Lake District.

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Michael McManus

I was born in 1946. In the 1960s and part of the 70s I was an airman in the Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm. I joined Durham Constabulary in 1971. In 1999 I retired from policing and began teaching sociology and criminology at Durham University with emphasis on policing and researching crime. I've just…

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