Friday, March 2, 2018

The Beast From The East - prelude

It was cold, but oh so pretty. I love how the sun was trying to shine .... This was earlier this week, not even an inch of snow. But it's now snowy for real, the entire southern half of Ireland is on lockdown, it is over a metre in places. In March! My significant other decided to cycle six miles to work this morning, in the snow. After all he's Dutch so the bicycle is his natural default mode of transport ... he cycled six miles of snow in just under an hour. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Curving drain in low sun, near Kilkee

There was a time when artists had the means and the time to spend in a place and simply study the light. If that time ever returns, you'd have to drag me away from places like this in late afternoons. The light looks warm here, but it was, as we say in the west of Ireland, absolutely baltic. But the combination of light from the low sun and the graceful lines in the landscape do make for lovely images. Will this be a painting? Maybe. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Aherlow cattle

It wasn't late afternoon, but it wasn't early in the day either, in late December that sun is always kind of low anyway. These cattle were wintering out in the Glen of Aherlow, and behind them was part of the Galtee Mountain range which divides County Tipperary from County Cork. We only went out for a couple of hours as Dolf wasn't feeling the best, but we did get some nice snow shots. Of course we couldn't have known that the real snow would arrive six weeks later in February but that's Irish weather for you. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Last week's snow

I did go out and get some shots, and posted a few up on my Instagram page, but there were a few I kept back, and this is one of them. My nice neighbour doesn't seem to mind me walking onto his property as long as I stay on the lanes themselves, and as long as I leave gates as I find them.

Hm. Rather painterly. 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Ballinskelligs Strand and Castle

Ballinskelligs is well known among artists because there's a rather famous artists' residency there, and it is a beautiful location, with this rather spectacular little bay that you can walk around and even walk across at low tide, and walk into the castle ruin. If you go up along the coast a little bit, you'll find the remains of the monastery from which the monks who lived on Skellig Michael were based.