Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Week in West Kerry (Day 1)

I painted for five days last week in West Kerry (South West Ireland). I was based about an hour and a half's drive away, so considering that I spent at least three hours in my car every day, my average of three paintings a day wasn't too bad.

Monday started out sunny, but clouded by early afternoon. This was my first, painted right down on Coumeenoole Strand, Slea Head. Hard to beat morning shadows on a beach.

Morning Shadows, Coumeenoole Strand
(10" x 12" Oil on Board)

I then moved a little further North towards Dunquin and got drawn towards this scene on the way down to the pier. No ferry's to the Great Blasket Island that day as the sea was too rough.

Down Towards the Pier, Dunquin
(12" x 10" Oil on Board)

For my final one of the day, by which time it had gotten cloudy, I drove a couple of miles further North and found this spot just a couple of yards down from the Blasket Interpretive Centre.

Toward the Great Blasket, Dunquin
(12" x 10" Oil on Board)

I'll post some more tomorrow, when I get around to photographing them.

These are photos of the three scenes above:-


Mick Carney said...

Having spent some time staying in a cottage at Dunquin, these are a tonic for the soul. Your Kerry roots show in the love that these exude. Can't wait to see the rest.

Michael McGuire said...

I had a feeling you might like these, Mick! And you're right too about how I feel about that special place - pleasant memories of childhood days spent admiring the sheer power and beauty of the ocean.