Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Skellig View

This is another painting I did while on vacation in Valentia, Co Kerry. This was painted on Wednesday afternoon, by which stage it had become warm and sunny. However, there was still substantial sea swell following the earlier storms, which made for a dramatic painting from this cliff-top near Portmagee. The distant Skellig rocks are about 10 miles out to sea. The larger one on the right was a monastic sanctuary right up until the mid-1800's and there is evidence of a monastery there there from as early as 600AD. It is really quite amazing to realize that people lived on what is little more than a large rock out in the wild Atlantic Ocean.

Skellig View, Near Portmagee, Co Kerry
(12" x 9.5"  Oil on Board)

Here is a photo of the scene:-


rob ijbema said...

you do these coastal scenes so well michael,i can sense the moist in the air,good to hear you both had a good time

Michael McGuire said...

Thanks Rob. I would have loved to have had more time to paint there, because the weather was fantastic for 3-4 days.

Mick Carney said...

Great example of your use of chroma to punch up foreground. Particularly like the effect of the foreground green ono the left.