Friday, July 9, 2010

A Week in West Cork

Just back from a week's break in West Cork. It was a "vacation", but I still managed to do some painting. The beautiful woodland surrounding our cottage provided ample material for me, so I ventured no further. I did all of them fairly early in the morning to take advantage of the early light, but also so as not to get into marital difficulties!

I did the first one just outside out front door. The woods were full of these beautiful wild foxglove flowers.

Foxgloves in Morning Light
(10" x 12" Oil on Canvas)

I painted the next one the following morning about a five minute walk away. The light was very variable so I struggled with this one.

Across the Bay, Ardnagoshel Wood
(12" x 10" Oil on Canvas)

It was a beautiful sunny morning again a couple of days later, so I got totally consistent light for about an hour or so for this one.

"Sisters", Ardnagoshel Wood
(12" x 10" Oil on Canvas)

I did the final one the following morning. The light was a bit variable again with intermittent cloud and sunshine, but I'm reasonably happy with the painting.

Dappled Sunlight, Ardnagoshel Wood
(12" x 10" Oil on Canvas)

Here are a few photos of the scenes:-


Mick Carney said...

Michael these are stunning, some of your best. The first one is one of the best examples of rendering a scene in both vibrant colour and a rich range of values that have been posted recently.

Michael McGuire said...

Thanks Mick. Something about that part of Ireland (I spent my early childhood there) that brings out the best in me I think. Being on holidays probably helped too!