Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Edge of the Cliff View to Skelligs, Ireland

9"x12" oil on Belgian linen mounted on professional artboard (Raymar)

On the same day that I painted out at the cliffside ruin over on Reencaheragh (see entry of June 24th), we finished in time for a picnic lunch. After we gathered our belongings we left them to wander further out to the cliff edge. It was an open meadow on a spit of land that rose up to a point. As the elevation got a bit higher & closer to the ocean, the grass is like a short stubby alpine type grass & the prettiest pinky-purple wildflowers bobbed their heads in the stiff breeze. That area is so wind-whipped. I saw this same area during my visit in March(although I was quite a safe distance away in a protected area) and it is over-washed by ocean spray of fierce winter storms. As one side near the point drops down to the Portmagee channel, a great view of the skelligs comes before you. It is breath-taking. Looking down into the channel around the rocky islands, one can see where fishermen have set their lobster pots. Two sheep in that last meadow were watching our every move! I knew I would have reference material for many more paintings from this beautiful piece of land.

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