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Old 04-16-2012, 08:23 AM
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A Cold Day at the Seaside

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
(8" x 8" Oil on Board)





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

All good Michael, I would sort of like to see the coldness of the day come over more, but I know you love this warm palette.
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Re: A Cold Day at the Seaside

Love all three but particularly like the way you handled the water in the Carnivan Beach painting...

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All good Michael, I would sort of like to see the coldness of the day come over more, but I know you love this warm palette.
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Thanks Rob. Maybe I have a "warm" tendency, but the light did really look more like mid-summer in the Med than the Irish seaside in April. I think the only one where I deliberately pushed it was the third one, mainly because it had become mostly cloudy after a half hour or so, and I wanted to retain the sunny feel - so I was winging it!

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Love all three but particularly like the way you handled the water in the Carnivan Beach painting...

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