Saturday, August 13, 2011
Cliffs of Moher - in progress
Many years ago, I lived in Ireland for about a year. During my time there, I visited most of the country with the exception of Northern Ireland. At that time, 'the troubles' were in full force and it wasn't a wise move to go there.
One of the places that I visited was the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. I had almost forgotten about them until a random wander down one of the many rabbit holes on the internet, led me to a site about them. They are truly magnificent chunks of rock rising some 214m above the sea and are home to many nesting seabirds. They remind me very much of the shore line here along with the seabirds, rock and ocean.
I knew I was led to the Cliffs for a reason and it was to paint them. I pulled out an old canvas that had been sitting in the basement 39 x 31 (I don't know why its such a strange size - perhaps age explains it) and started laying on colour last night and throughout today off and on. The mist and fog is as common there as here and softens both the rock faces and the sea.
I'm adding more definition to the nearest cliff and there will be many layers to do yet. The old canvas has relaxed a bit and the pressure of the brush against the stretchers shows a little of their outline in places. I will tighten the canvas when it dries a bit more to eliminate that in the next layer.
This is being done in oil and its giving my biceps a good workout!