Monday, April 19, 2010

Inistioge Paint-Out

We had a group paint-out in the beautiful riverside village of Inistioge, Co Kilkenny, yesterday. Probably the largest turn-out we've had with an esttimated 23 artists, but we may have missed one or two! A very enjoyable day indeed with lunch and good company in the sparkling spring sunshine and the day rounded off with a plein air pint in O' Keeffes on the square. Plein air painting doesn't get better than that!

I didn't push myself, just did two, probably spent as much time chatting as painting, but that's all part of the fun. Here's my first, a fairly typical scene for me:-

Spring Sunlight, Inistioge
(14" x 18" Oil on Canvas)

After lunch, I decided to push myself, and try a street scene with cars and people. This would be a familar scene to anyone driving through Inistioge heading towards New Ross:-

A Shady Spot, Inistioge
(14" x 18" Oil on Canvas)

Here are photos of both scenes:-

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Sunlit Rocks

I went painting with a friend to a beautiful, but decidedly chilly, Hook Head yesterday. Once the cloud cleared around noon it turned into a lovely afternoon with clear blues skies and consistent light. I decided to try a larger format using a Beauport easel, so I attempted a 16" x 22" canvas. It took me about two hours on location and about another half hour in the studio this morning. My second effort was less successful, so it became a wipe-down this morning!

Here is a reference photo taken before I started:-