Thursday, 5 April 2012

Blea Tarn, Cumbria
Acrylic on board, 30"x24"
This is one I did a few years ago before I started working mainly plein air and when I was only painting occasionally.
I drove up to Blea Tarn early one October morning specifically to get this shot on my old Mamiya twin lens reflex camera. The first time I tried the light was hopeless so I went back the following weekend and the conditions were perfect. There is often a very narrow window of opportunity to get a shot like this. Once the sun warms the air, a breeze develops, the water will ripple and the perfect reflection is lost. The photo became the basis for the painting.

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