Sunday, August 28, 2016

Ballyheigue and Banna, Lough Akeragh outlet

The day I took the photo that I used for this painting, we got caught by the incoming tide and had to climb over the dunes and go through a housing estate to get to the road so that we could return to the town of Ballyheigue where our car was parked with our ankles intact. The alternative was to risk injury on rounded rocks and stones for nearly two miles, as the beach itself was under water. So no.

It's a beautiful beach, there were swimmers at the Ballyheigue end and some fishermen near this end of it, and I saw some windsurfers out at as well. Will check the tides before going next time. 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Return to Valentia

We went back to Valentia Island in Kerry for photographs, we were hoping to be able to get clear shots again from Geokaun Mountain, the highest point on Valentia, but alas. We were there during the incredible summer in 2014, when the weather was simply glorious, and the views were stunning, but sadly on the Saturday of our return visit in 2016 it was very misty, and even though Geokaun cleared, we wouldn't have been able to see much of the surrounding landscape, so we found the Skellig Viewing Point and went up there instead. It wasn't a total dead loss - Knight's Town, the main town on Valentia, has a really interesting bookshop that's part of a pub, and while the town itself is heaving with young families enjoying watersports in August, there are interesting placenames and you can't help wondering how they got there. Plus we got talking with a nice man from Alberta, Canada named Ken, and a lovely couple from Murcia in Spain, all avid Star Wars fans hoping to get out to see Sceilg Mhíchíl.

I will repeat it ad nauseum: The Skelligs Islands are a wild bird sanctuary. Be happy to sail AROUND them. (Whether or not the film crews actually got the permission through the correct channels to actually go on the island has never been made clear. Stories abound, let's just put it that way.)

Anyway, here are some shots.

You'd kind of wonder what was going through the minds of the monks who lived there long ago, out there at the edge of the world, as it was then. They were completely at the mercy of the elements, and the sea out there is treacherous, and I would imagine that the mainland was invisible for much of the time as well. And there were no rescue services, no helicopters, no radios .... Just birds, rocks and ocean. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Three squashes on purple paper

So last weekend I was in Draíocht in Adare, which is not too far from where I live, and I showed a few of these pastel still life drawings to the Bould Agnes, and Agnes suggested I go and frame a couple of them up and bring them in, because You Never Know ....

It will be next week, no sooner.

Alternatively, I could try selling them unframed through my Saatchi page.

Decisions, decisions. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Ballyhoura Forest Park, chalk pastel drawing

Well, more the view FROM the forest across the valley really, but you get the idea. I enjoyed making this, got a big sheet of orange paper and my pastels and the photograph, and got stuck in. All fixed and put away safely until I have the occasion to dig it out.

Every day I am going over photos and today I have worked on some I took while my Dutch nieces were visiting (technically just one's a niece and the other's her bestie, but I've known them both since they were little, so both are members of the extended family by default). I do have some nice ones with landscape shots that I've shared on my page already, but Dolf has this Photoshop trick for bringing out landscape shots that he showed me and I want him to show me again, so I'll save the rest till later. It has a way of bringing out the luminosity of the skies and the light that I love ....

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Photographic prints

Over the years I've taken lots of photos, and some of them I really like in their own right. This is why I decided to do a little photoshopping on some of them to improve them, and post them on Saatchi Online, to be available as prints. Follow the link to see the picture. :-)

I also like this one as a photograph, it reminds me of paintings by my cousin Blawnin Clancy, who is fantastic at capturing light on water and the subtle life under the surface in oil colours.

Am hoping to go off to Valentia Island in Kerry soon and get some shots and also hopefully some drawing and painting done there too. Fingers crossed we get some decent weather! 

Friday, August 5, 2016

Instagram and a watercolour drawing

I have recently started to enjoy Instagram. I only have one gripe about it: you can't upload images from a PC or laptop, only from a phone or tablet. So I can't tidy photographs of artwork before posting them on Instagram.

But I get around this by doing things like this: I take a photograph of my computer screen and what's on it, and post that up on Instagram, showing the link to the blog or website as well. I'll post a link to that later.

I also posted a photo I took (and doctored slightly) onto the Saatchi website, and prints will be available.

And finally, a drawing from a few years back, done on location in Limerick city centre, during one of the Big Screen afternoons on O'Connell Street, when there was a big All-Ireland GAA event going on and the Limerick team were playing. Great vibe on the streets. Painted up with watercolour paints because .... I suppose because I could. :-) 

And the link I mentioned earlier? Right here. Scroll down till you find the one that says Saatchi Art.