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!


Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Absolutely beautiful Jeanette.. You have captured nature so well.

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

Loving this one. I can't wait to see the final result.
Stay inspired!
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Lydie said...

View promises to be breathtaking. I like the hazy effect that you started painting. I will return to see more

Barbara Philip said...

Beautiful, Jeanette ! I think many of us have encountered scenes like this in our travels, and have been struck with awe and delight by it. This will be a truly stunning painting!

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

I loooove this already. Being a native Northwestern girl, this kind of moodiness with fog and haze etc. is my kind of painting. This is very peaceful to me. I'm excited to see the finish. Wonderful start Jeanette.

Baba said...

I always wondered how do people do this kind of things... Look at this one as well: Drawings Paintings Prints, I'm searching art blogs to learn more about drawing, I really would like to develop it..
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Jennifer Rose said...

very nice :) reminds me of a place out of a fairy tale :)

Jeanette said...

Thanks Penny, it is a beautiful part of the world.

Michelle, its larger than my usual size so may take a bit longer, but its progressing.

Lydie, thank you. That hazy, foggy look was what I had in mind for this, almost dreamlike in a way.

Barbara, there are so many beautiful spots in the world. Wouldn't it be grand if we spend our time capturing them in paint?

Thanks Nancy. That foggy feel is all to common here this summer, so perhaps its growing on me. I like the softness of the landscape in mist.

Baba, thanks for dropping by. Part technique, part experience, lots and lots and lots of practice all get us where we want to go in art. Good luck with your journey.

Once upon a time in the Land of Mist... :) It does have a bit of that feel to it, doesn't it Jennifer? Can you add a dragon flying over in the distance please?

Michael Bailey said...

This is looking lovely already, Jeanette. Hope you post again as you add more layers. I love 'Pea Soup' too and your video of the Labrador(?) coast is nice to watch and listen to. It reminds me of the videos I took in the Azores last year. The Atlantic is such a beautiful ocean.

Jeanette said...

Thanks Michael. I will post as I add more to it. Just waiting for the first layers to dry before I can add more. Kind of makes me wish I'd done it in acrylic :)

The little video is in Flatrock, where I live, on the northeast coast of Newfoundland. Its a couple of minutes from my house, so I'm lucky to have the Atlantic so close.

black bear cabin said...

gorgeous so far...and i love the color!

Hedera said...

Powerful and beautifully atmospheric Jeanette!