Monday, July 14, 2014

Ruins at Ballinskelligs Beach and a windy morning of painting on the beach

8"x10" oil on linen mounted on archival panel. 

This piece is already sold, but there are still some others available from this trip.

The weather looked dramatic that morning. Wind picked up and the dark clouds rolled in close. We were able to weigh down our easels with rocks (which are readily available). It wasn't gale force by any means, but it did demand our attention to our gear while painting.
Here we are under the 'life guard' shack, with a view of the ruins just ahead of us:
 These second two photos are courtesy of Kathy O'Connor, the photographer extraordinaire of our group!
Bet you never had tea & cakes at a beach shack after your lunch (which was a hot-home-made thick veg soup)! Perfect lunch out on the enclosed garden patio! On my trip there last year I did buy one of these knitted tea cozies (and they really work! Keeps a pot of tea warm for over an hour from a stiff chill wind off the sea!
So, how could we top a perfect morning? We started with a demo, then painting on location, a hearty lunch... Well, we got on our way to the Skelligs Chocolate Factory - for the serious task of 'tasting' (before a second round of painting that afternoon..ah, but that's another story). 

Decisions, is a series of decisions. But someone has to make them!

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