'Artists are gnostics, and practise what the priests think is long forgotten.' - Hugo Ball

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Painting Kerry

View towards Bray Head
I indulged in a spot of plein air painting with fellow artist Teresa Newham while on holiday in Kerry last week. It was somewhat challenging in a strong wind, with random passers-by and with the sun blazing in our eyes (not something either of us are used to in Kerry!!!). But we both managed to produce something passable despite the difficulties. My effort at Bray Head from Portmagee is below - not my usual style but good to do some quick landscape paintings for a change.

The result!
I would have loved to have done more plein air painting in Kerry, but we were too busy enjoying ourselves with other things! Having bought a gorgeous sketch book of different paper samples from Two Rivers Paper Company at Childwickbury Arts Fair on Friday, I decided to use it to loosen up my watercolour landscape skills (it's been a while...) by using my Kerry photos for reference. As we have only just come back the atmosphere is still fresh in my mind - hence a series of 'fast and loose' sketches where I set myself a 30 minute time limit. I decided that that was the only way to stop myself doing too much to them! With watercolour landscape, overworking it can be death to a good painting so anything to make me call a halt is good. I used some wax resist in the highlights to avoid the dreaded rubber solution (to the relief of my older brushes who bristle at the thought) and because it is quick and easy. Here are some of the results from over the last two days, showing just how beautiful West Kerry is. It was hard to chose what to paint out of the ton of photos I took!

View of Canuig from Ballinskelligs
Rossbeigh Beach with incoming rain
Old cross, St Brendan's Well, Valentia
Peat drying, Emlaghpeartia, Kerry


Teresa N said...

glad to see you've put your Two Rivers paper to good use - I will get round to doing something with mine eventually :-)

Sue W said...

It's an interesting challenge as every paper is so different and painting on some of them is tricky as they are not all suitable for watercolour. I could use those ones for drawing or chalk work, but I'm emjoying 'fighting' some of the papers. I figure that it's honing my skills making a good painting no matter what it's on!