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Heading Back to the Islands- Baltimore Harbour 120x40x4cm

Framed Size 128x48cm

Oil on canvas using the palette knife to create a textured impasto.

It’s a bright crisp morning, early in the year and the Sherkin and Cape Clear ferries are waiting at Baltimor pier. Their strong red and orange colours are reflected in the blue water which ripples gently. Folk in the harbour go about their day. The foreground perspective leads our eye across Roaring Water Bay to Sherkin Island, and we can see the familiar outline of the Abbey and the Sherkin Trees that stand tall beside it, silhouetted on the horizon. The large panoramic canvas emphasises the mighty panorama opening out before us.

Description

Part of my new collection  ‘From Woodland to Sherkin Shores’  August 22nd to 30th, Sherkin Island Community Hall, West Cork.

Baltimor Harbour.

We moved to Sherkin a year ago from the mountains and woodlands of Kerry, and it’s a whole new and wonderful experience to live on an island.

One thing that strikes me is that the skies are just so vast…there’s an uninterrupted horizon-line, a bit like being on top of a mountain where you can see for miles, except you’re down with the sea at the same level. And often the skies are completely clear, and the sea and sky merge together in endless tones of blue, getting lighter and lighter.

There’s such peacefulness in clear blue skies.

Another thing that strikes me is how we are so aware of the tides and the weather and live so closely accordingly. I find that immersion in nature and the elements completely enveloping, and a privilege to live by.

This is what I’m trying to capture in my paintings of Sherkin.

In this collection I have focussed on views of the sea over the summer hedgerows, abundant with glorious delicate wildflowers of all colours.

I have really enjoyed getting to know these very special views, and hope you enjoy seeing them here.

 

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