Friday, August 21, 2009

Blooming Heather

The heather is still in bloom on the Southern slopes of Forth Mountain near my home. It was such a beautiful sunny morning here that, even though I was tired having been on the road for a few days, I had to get out to paint it. I've painted this scene before looking South East towards Rosslare from Skeater Rock, but not in such bright morning sunlight. I really liked how the sun turned the distant sea a glaring silver colour, providing interest in that part of the painting and a nice counterbalance to the main heather-covered rock.

Sunny August Morning, Skeater Rock, Forth Mountain
(11" x 14" Oil on Board)

This was my block-in (after about 15 minutes painting):-

And here's a photo of the scene, taken before I started. The light on the distant sea is lost because the photo is over-exposed.


Mick Carney said...

Great control of values and love that bit of light on the horizon.

Michael McGuire said...

Thanks Mick. That little bit of light is what really caught my eye.