Paintings in Landscape

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A lighthouse somwhere between Dingle and Galway, that I passed by while sailing on the Jeanie Johnston
15×30 cm, oil on deep edge canvas, framed

I spotted this lighthouse from out at sea on the way from Dingle to Galway. My best guess is that it’s Bull Rock off the Kerry coast. Something about the position – not at the top of the rock but perched lower down right at the cliff edge – makes it seem especially remote and on guard, and under threat of tipping into the ocean it watches over.

Bull Rock?

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Seasons move quickly in the mountains. This particular day started in spring, then suddenly plunged into the depths of a winter snow storm before tentatively resting in a warm summer. The upside of being on a mountain is having a great view to watch the seasons come and go; the departing snow clouds here created an incredible contrast with the bright sun.

Slieve Donard

From Croagh Patrick looking over Clew Bay, with clouds making patchy shadows over the islands.
102×76 cm, oil on deep edge canvas
From Croagh Patrick looking over Clew Bay, with clouds making patchy shadows over the islands.
30×30 cm, oil on canvas, framed

Croagh Patrick overlooks the hundreds of islands of Clew bay. From atop the mountain the perspective creates the impression that the islands go on forever and stretch into the sky, especially when the weather hides the horizon. Different islands flash brightly and fade away as clouds and their shadows drift by.

Clew Bay

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My parents are both from Tralee so I’ve spent a lot of time here. It’s a long bay bordered by mountains to the south, so when the weather roles in from the Atlantic it hits the mountains and creates beautiful clouds and rain showers all along the bay.

Tralee Bay

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Ireland may not be the most reliable place for a sunny day out at the beach, but sometimes what we get is far more interesting. Find the right beach at the right time and you don’t just get white sand and blue sky, but a whole rainbow of colour light. The expansive stretch of sand at Curracloe makes a great canvas on which to watch those colours drift by on the wind.

Curracloe