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Wild Raddish at Cow Strand, Sherkin Island 100x40x4cm

Framed size 108 x 48cm

Oil on canvas, painted with the palette knife to create a textured impasto.

Sherkin Island has many beautiful beaches, and Cow Strand is one of Sherkin’s best known. Through a good period of the summer the wild raddish fills the cliffs with a burst of yellow and white flowers. The beach has a long thin orientation, with a view of Cape Clear in the distance, and I wanted to emphasise that protrusion of rock and beach into the sea by using a long thin canvas. The unusual orientation makes an interesting ‘slice’ of sea and sand dune!

Description

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

We moved to Sherkin a year ago from the mountains 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 a dreamy peace of 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 priveledge 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 wild flowers of all colours.

 

 

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