Friday, February 13, 2009

No. 72. Landscape around Baile an Sceilig

Oils Still Life Study on canvas panel. 7" x 5". Click here to buy this study.

I recently spent a week in the beautiful regenerated pre-famine village of Cill Rialaig. All around was the spectacular, wild scenery for which south Kerry is famous. The trouble was, though, that while the rest of Ireland was suffering blizzards and storms, I was gazing upon clear blue skies with the odd fluffy cloud passing in the distance. Therefore, I've had to create my own drama in my landscapes! This is all in keeping with lessons learned over the week -that the artist controls the work and the subject is merely reference matter. This is how I want the landscape to be; all Paul Henry piles of dark, rain-laden cumulonimbus cloud formations. If you are thinking of coming to Ireland, you should expect weather. Lots of it.

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