Skellig Boats Pierside - Portmagee, Ireland-palette knife painting
8"x10" oil on linen mounted on professional artboard (Raymar)
"The difficulties which I meet with in order to realize my existence are precisely what awaken and mobilize my activities, my capacities."
- Jose' Ortega Y Gasset
Whenever I am coming into Portmagee, I like to look down toward the pier and see if Pat Joe Murphy's boat 'Shelluna' is there. I've been out to Skellig Michael 4 times now on his boat - and the last trip out this past summer was sooo memorable. It was a beautiful day- the best venture out I'd had yet. A small boat feels even smaller out on open ocean, yet the sea was calm. Just beyond us a school of large fish was rushing ahead. Pat Joe turns a bit off course and speeds up to give chase, he looks back at us, smiling! They were all so beautiful!! - my heart was flying and a smile wrapped itself around to the back of my head! They were fast & rushed out of reach, cresting the water as they went. So back we turned toward the skellig, with one adventure of the morning already under our hat!