Recently finished oil paintings, 70 x 50 cms. – But are they finished? I have a habit of never being satisfied and going back again and again. Some of these paintings have been on the go since last year.
The painting above was inspired by the movement of the water towards Feothanach Beach, Ballydavid, Dingle Peninsula.
Very nearby, a different view of the Three Sisters from above Dooneen Pier, with some typical Atlantic weather.
Rathinane Castle, Ventry, Dingle Peninsula.
The warm light of the setting sun on the trees in my back garden.
Here are photos of the Glanteenassig Forest Park, taken some weeks back, in a sheltered valley of the Slieve Mish Mountains on the Dingle Peninsula. This inland area on the peninsula makes a change from the beaches, lovely as they are, where I often take my walks.
There are two lakes in this area. This is Lough Slat.
The weather was rather dim as it often is here; I had to work on getting a bit of colour in the photos! Some days you get lucky with the light, some days you don’t, so you just have to make the best of it.
The soil under the water was quite pink, and the water coming from peat being very reddish brown in colour, made an amazingly vibrant colour where the light hit on it, in spite of the rather dull day that we had at the time.
I liked the starkness of the old dead white wood against the dark background. Also the rocks have a wonderful pink colour.
Lough Caum is the second lake along the trail.
Beside the lake, these trees have very interesting bark textures.
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Still staying at home, but enjoying being out and around the garden, this being an unusually long spell of good weather (until today) for the time of year. All this sunshine certainly helps to keep one’s spirits up while being confined.
This garden is not beautiful, it’s rather untidy and wild, recovering slowly from dereliction.
I was just thinking of that old adage “The camera never lies”, but every person who uses a camera knows you can be selective with the viewfinder.
So with a selective eye I have attempted to capture garden images that express this lovely sunshine and shadows of the trees in the garden, and also I have taken a close look at some of the beautiful delicate new leaves of the season.
The fruit trees are over at the other side, looking rather small and insignificant.
I love the sun shining through these fresh new ash leaves, against the blue sky.