BLASKET EVENING

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The warm colors of evening sun on the ruins of Great Blasket Island. The island’s beautiful beach lies behind.

More paintings of the Blasket Islands on my website:

http://helene-brennan.com/c62-blasket-islands-paintings

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Blasket Sunset

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What a great privilege it was to sit and observe the beautiful colors of the late evening as the sun sets over the Islands of Great Blasket and Beginish.

More paintings of the Blasket Islands on my website:

www.helene-brennan.com/c62-blasket-islands-paintings

Photos of the islands can be seen at: www.helene-brennan.com/c53-blasket islands-photogtaphs

Cruach Mharhain Paintings

Following my blog on walking up Cruach Mharhain on the Dingle Peninsula, I am posting here a couple of my paintings in oil pastels of views from this mountain.

See other paintings on my website: http://helene-brennan.com/c104-recent-paintings

Standing at the top of Cruach Mharhain, Dingle Peninsula.

Painting of a view of Inis Tuaisceart from the top of Cruach Mharhain, which is topped with a little snow in this painting.
Inis Tuaisceart is one of the Blasket Island Group, and is locally known as The Sleeping Giant, or The deadman .Oil pastels. 29″ x 21″

 

Snow on Mount Brandon.

Painting of view on the descent of Cruach Mharhain, Dingle Peninsula, with Mount Brandon, snow capped. Oil pastels. 29″ x 21″

 

 

A PAINTING AT VENTRY BEACH

Cruach Mharhain, viewed from the grassy dunes on Ventry Beach

The long grasses behind Ventry Beach, Dingle Peninsula, under the warm evening light. Painting: oil pastels, 29 x 21 inches

DINGLE PENINSULA PAINTINGS

Oil pastelsOIl pastels Ferriters cove 1 Oil pastels Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, in the South West of Ireland, is one of the earth’s most gorgeous places.  As with most parts of the country, it’s seen at its best when there is good sunlight, which enhances the characteristically beautiful and luxuriant colours of the land and sea. The range, intensity and vibrancy of blues and greens are particularly distinctive; added to this is the often luminous quality of the green fields, particularly in spring and summer. Summer brings other changes to the landscape as some meadows are cut and the greens turn to shades of beige, pink and pale browns. The hedges appear to expand and soften, indeed resulting in a softening effect on the entire landscape. The often seen dramatic weather – at any time of the year – also adds tremendously to the picture, when there is a juxtaposition of brilliant saturated sunlight, dark moving shadows, with heavy billowing clouds in several shades of blue and purple, white edged; their dark shadows moving across the hills, revealing fascinating contours and details that otherwise may not be noticed.

Being a peninsula, the sea (the Atlantic Ocean) is a dominating feature of the visual aspect of the area.  The sea colours, like everywhere of course, reflect the colours of the sky and clouds, but there is something about the blue that appears here on a clear day. A glorious deep blue – not dark but rich and satisfying. On other occasions, less frequently, there is a very special, rewarding shade of light blue – to be seen for only a short time of the day.  The effect is enhanced by the sun being in such a position that precludes visible shadows on the sea waves, so that the pale colour is not darkened by the shadows on the water. To observe this colour and soak it inside you is like having a deeply relaxing massage

But all weathers have something beautiful and special. The sea and the landscape have many different moods and seasons, ever changing, always compelling. I love painting and photographing these diverse moods, each mood being unique, never to be seen again. If you don’t catch it on the moment, you will never see it like that again. Described by many as a magical place – and why? Well in my view it’s not about magic in the sense of being outside of reality, but about the gloriously therapeutic effect of just being there, experiencing and observing. Being a person who is deeply responsive to visual encounters, this wonderful place is a source of profound joy.

There is so much more to be described; I hope at least to whet your appetite. More  on specific locations later. More paintings on my website: http://helene-brennan.com/c15-dingle-peninsula-paintings