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10-07-2014, 02:44 AM
I have called this one The Green Land .

16 x20 on stretched canvas.

Done from a photo I took on a recent trip to Ireland of a road very close to my grandparents' house in Co. Donegal, Ireland. This is in the area where my mum grew up, and this narrow road runs between two large hedges and bumps over hills running north from the ancient Cathedral town of Raphoe toward St. Johnstown. Wonderful green farmland in every direction in this part of Donegal.

Tried to find a balance between energetic and more subdued brushwork and get the light.

C&C welcome.


chammi kaiser
10-07-2014, 05:28 AM
I am enjoying the direction in which you are going Colin. I do feel the road could possibly be toned down a little. It is very dominant and detracts from the nice shapes and colours you have in the landscape. You are getting there my friend!

10-07-2014, 11:25 AM
A wonderful grand view Colin. This is the kind of thing I'm going to work on myself, I tend towards more intimate compositions. I agree with Chammi about the road, in particular in the distance.


10-07-2014, 11:57 AM
That is beautiful! I love the sky!
Agree with the others on the road. Also, do you have shadows on both sides of the road?

10-07-2014, 12:41 PM
Nice work. You got the sky under control this time. :lol:

10-07-2014, 01:23 PM
What a beautiful place that must be. I think I'll have to put Ireland on my bucket list! I really like this one Colin! I do agree about the road. Lovely sky and a nice sense of distance. Lovely greens.

Charlie's Mum
10-07-2014, 04:13 PM
Really like this one Colin - great sense of being brought into the picture and down the hill - love the tranquility of the flat fields.
Your style is developing beautifully.

10-07-2014, 06:25 PM
beautiful painting but the road is too bold...

10-07-2014, 07:17 PM
Wonderful painting, I knew it was Ireland the moment I looked at it.

10-07-2014, 08:44 PM
Really like the way your style is developing and maturing. Like everything about this work. Well done IMHO.

10-07-2014, 09:53 PM
Thanks Chammi and thank you for your observation a regarding the road. :) I omitted the power poles in this one. :D

Thank you David. Your input is appreciated.

Ann-Yes thank you. The dark on the right time f the road is actually a darker colour in the asphalt - perhaps a patch running along one side.

Thanks Michelle.. Yes I restrained myself with the sky. :D

Thanks very much Cindy. :)

I appreciate the compliment Maureen. I have been learning a lot on this site.

Thank you Priti.. I appreciate your opinion on the road.

Thank you JStolz. I enjoyed doing this one.

Thank you very much Howard. I am glad you are seeing improvement.

10-07-2014, 10:22 PM
Ann-Yes thank you. The dark on the right time f the road is actually a darker colour in the asphalt - perhaps a patch running along one side.

Ooh ok! Very nice even though they should repave so we don't make silly comments like that :D.

10-08-2014, 05:58 AM
very nice

10-08-2014, 08:44 AM
Wow, Colin! That road grabs you & takes you for a trip- cool!
I like it!

10-08-2014, 01:18 PM
Nicely done ColinS.:thumbsup:

East Sun
10-08-2014, 08:28 PM
Brings back memories...Nice job!!!


10-08-2014, 11:27 PM
Thank you drc8.

April - good of you to drop in! Glad yoU like it.

Thank you Larry.

Thanks Jim.

10-08-2014, 11:33 PM
Ooh ok! Very nice even though they should repave so we don't make silly comments like that :D.


Yes, they should repave, But I suspect that won't be happening for a while.

10-09-2014, 04:18 AM
Oh, this is beautiful. Very much how I remember Donegal from a trip to Ireland. :cat:


10-11-2014, 01:36 AM
Thank you so much Ferlian. I am very pleased it evokes good memories. It is a beautiful corner of the world.

10-11-2014, 05:58 AM
I am liking paintings with paths/roads into the distance at the moment. This one reminds me of one of Hockney's Yorkshire paintings. I like the pink in it, giving it a warm glow.

10-11-2014, 12:55 PM
I like the mood of the painting and the colors in it. I tend to agree about the road but maybe with a figure or two walking down the road, a dog, or maybe a tractor or old truck, what do you think?

10-11-2014, 09:15 PM
Marion - Thank you. I will have to check out Hockney's Yorkshire work then.

Thanks Purple. I don't usually add figures to my landscapes - I don't know why. I think it would only be if I wanted the figure to be the story, rather than as an incidental thing.

10-12-2014, 06:00 PM
Very beautiful landscape :)

10-12-2014, 08:15 PM
I really love this. I knew it was Ireland even before I read your text. So beautifully done. Great style!

10-14-2014, 02:10 AM
Thanks b53207.

Thank you Gayle, I appreciate the comment very much. Made my day. :)

10-14-2014, 03:03 AM
Thanks b53207.

Thanks for the support Gayle.. Made my day. :)