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Old 04-16-2012, 07:24 AM
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Five foolhardy souls, including yours truly, decided to brave the cold North-Easterly airflow yesterday and paint on the exposed cliff-tops of Baginbun Head in South Wexford. Despite the cold, it was a beautiful clear, sunny day, although it did cloud over a bit later in the afternoon. I was really drawn to this spectacular "contre jour" view for my first one.


Cliff Shadows, Carnivan Beach
(10" x 12" Oil on Board)








I wanted to see what I could do in a half hour or so for my second one (planning to do some early morning / late evening sketches this summer) - hence the small panel. The Atlantic is usually a dull green colour around the Irish coast, even on the brightest days, but a combination of unusually calm weather and an offshore North Easterly wind made it look more like the Mediterranean in mid-summer.



Turquoise Blue, Carnivan Beach
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I went for "the obvious" in the afternoon, with this panoramic view of Carnivan Beach. The sun was coming and going by then, so it was a bit of a painting struggle. Hopefully, I still managed to capture something of the beauty of this magical place.



Sunny Spring Afternoon, Carnivan Beach
(12" x 16" Oil on Board)





I've got some (not very good contre jour) photos of the scenes on my blog, if anyone wants a look.


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Re: A Cold Day at the Seaside (X-Posted PA Forum)

Beautiful work, Michael. Always a pleasure to see what you've been up to.
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The light in these is just extraordinary, Michael.
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Beautiful work, Michael. Always a pleasure to see what you've been up to.
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:37 AM
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The light in these is just extraordinary, Michael.

Thanks Marty. I think the first one comes closes to capturing the prevailing light. If only it felt as warm as it looked!

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Beautiful work! I love those radiant colors!
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:26 AM
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Beautiful work! I love those radiant colors!

Thanks Shelley. Must have some Irish blood running through you veins with those two surnames!

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Stunning Michael, your plein air work it's just magical with incredible light!
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Very nice Michael. These are some really good paintings you did despite the cold. The pics on your blog are cool too. Nice!
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terrific light, as always, michael! really love the sun on the sea in the first one. you are truly a master of the yellow/purple thing...very effective.
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Beautiful pieces Michael. The third painting really catches my eye, especially the lighting on the water and hillside.
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