Saturday, November 12, 2011

A Windy Morning in West Kerry

This studio painting is based on a small plein air study I did in West Kerry earlier this year. It was a wet, windy morning and about difficult as plein air can get before it becomes impossible. It was real fun to do a larger studio version without having to worry about the weather (or the large mountain ram who kept checking me out while doing the plein air!). I played around a lot with texture variation in this one to enhance the separation and distance between the foreground rocks and the sea below.

Rough Seas, Near Brandon Creek
(30" x 24" Oil on Canvas)

This is a detail showing the degree of texture in the foreground rocks (mostly knifework):-

Friday, November 4, 2011

Another West Kerry Painting

This is a large studio painting based on a plein air I did earlier this year. I laid the paint on in thick impasto strokes to depict the main breaking wave, as I felt it helped to capture the sheer power of it. I can still hear the loud bang every time a wave hit that rock!

Windy Afternoon, Clogher Head
(24" x 30" Oil on Canvas)

Here's a close-up to give some idea of texture:-