Out in the West


16″ x 20″, Oil on canvas

Yesterday afternoon’s work, parked on a cobblestone beach out in the West of Ireland, with the car facing the wind so I could set up behind it – it was almost warm and cosy under the boot door! And not a soul around but flocks of birds.
Of course the light changed immediately, and continued to do so, so I had to wing it…and then the tide was going out so stones appeared where there were none, and the water’s surface became an altogether different thing, initially being strewn with diamond-light sparkles, which is what attracted me, but then becoming a sludgy grey.
Still, with all of these uncontrollable challenges, the painting itself had to become only about stroke and mark and palette, and had to be left alone, and I rather like it : )


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