Friday, May 4, 2012

The Day the Sun Shone!

After a fantastic week at the end of April last year, the subsequent summer proved to be mostly very disappointing, but there was that one beautiful day in Rosslare, when almost fifty artists from the "Art in the Open" plein air festival descended on the beach. I sold my little plein air painting to a lovely German lady that day, but kept a photo of it for reference purposes. So in this larger studio painting, I've used the light from the plein air piece to some extent, but changed it considerably in other ways. For one thing, I put a lot of thought into the figures and their placement within the painting (and they're all "invented"). I also changed the rocks quite a bit and added a rockpool with reflections.

A Perfect Day, Rosslare Strand
(16" x 20" Oil on Canvas)


This painting is mostly from my imagination, but I also had this photo of the beach in Rosslare. At least, it proves there are some rocks there!


Kevin Gough said...

It captures everything you could want from on a sunny day at the beach, such a rare event here, great to look at, beautiful color and light once again Michael :)

Mick Carney said...

Lovely warmth that shouts out Summer. Great work.

Michael McGuire said...

Thanks Kevin. Funny thing is I reember it was nearly always like that when I was a child!

Michael McGuire said...

Thanks Mick. Here's hoping we get some days like that this summer. It's early May and it feels more like January here at the moment.