Monday, February 20, 2012

Culleton's Gap/Raven's Point Paint-Out

A group paint-out yesterday at the beautiful seaside location of Raven's Point a few miles North of Wexford town. Here one has the opportunity of painting the beach, sand dunes or the adjacent forest. We were all surprised to find so many people out walking there on a Sunday morning - it was nearly as busy as it would be in mid-summer. It was a beautiful clear, sunny morning, but quite cold. After a frosty start, it eventually got up to about 7-8C (c 45F). Most of us opted for the forest, even though it felt colder in there. Anyway, I just went for the obvious, painting people heading off walking from Culleton's Gap towards Raven's Point. But, sometimes, the obvious can be the best painting subject.

Morning Walk, Culleton's Gap
(12" x 10" Oil on Board)

This is a photo of the scene, taken before I started:-


Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Nice use of the photo being used as the reference to create a totally unique and beautiful work of art!

Michael McGuire said...

Thanks Claire, but this is a plein air painting. I usually post a photo of the scene along with my painting, just to show the value of working plein air. The colours in the painting are actually very close to what I observed - I just simplified and re-arranged things a little. I doubt that I would have been able to do it from the photo reference alone.