November 14

 

Well, I awoke today with a brand new outlook about my new best friend, Aimsir (Gaelic for weather). My terrier self was determined to push forward but I realized that I needed to court this Aimsir. Let him lead the dance.  With my shift in attitude, we waltzed through the day beautifully

First location, my-go-to place, Bunatrahir Bay, 2 km from town. Forget the easel. I will work out of the back of the car. (A nice carpenter, working at the adjacent cottage, cut me a 32 x 40 inch plywood board out of scraps). It's perfect. The paper and paint is protected and I get to stay outside and work.

 

 

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 you know the drill, first I sketch

you know the drill, first I sketch

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Changed format to 6 x 6. Adding notes as I paint. Everything is so expansive, my 4 x 6 marsh format just can't capture the experience. Next location, back to a country road for the early afternoon.

 I landed here and starting painting an oil sketch. (right below) What I thought was a mountain through the distant fog became the sea when the fog and mist lifted. You can feel the blue of the sky before you can see it.

I landed here and starting painting an oil sketch. (right below) What I thought was a mountain through the distant fog became the sea when the fog and mist lifted. You can feel the blue of the sky before you can see it.

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 I worked from the top sketch  (lower one was to my left)

I worked from the top sketch  (lower one was to my left)

 Colors are a little heavy handed ( what a surprise! Ha) and not realistic, I will continue working on capturing the Irish soft weather- (Aimsir bog in Gaelic)  I am not looking for a likeness but rather a felt response to the landscape. Hard to see but in the top image, but I promise I saw a stand of autumn trees in there somewhere!

Colors are a little heavy handed ( what a surprise! Ha) and not realistic, I will continue working on capturing the Irish soft weather- (Aimsir bog in Gaelic)  I am not looking for a likeness but rather a felt response to the landscape. Hard to see but in the top image, but I promise I saw a stand of autumn trees in there somewhere!