The gallery received 343 entries from 14 different countries from around the world and from 26 different American States.
Please take a few moments to look at the videos, where you will see some great paintings from around the world, accompanied by lovely soothing music. Now, all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy!
Inspiration from a trip to the west coast of Ireland and in particular to the dramatic cliff walks in Kilkee, Loop Head and boat trips from Carrigaholt, I tried to capture the memory of this special place.
The painting, Safe Haven began to evolve and become an immersive virtual environment of sedimentary rock formation that could give shelter from the elemental forces of nature.
“The spectacular scenery at the Mouth of the Shannon ranges from pastoral slopes and sand dunes to very dramatic cliffs with exposed layers of sand & mud sedimentary rock dating back 350 million years.
The ledges create ideal nesting areas for thousands of sea birds every year, including guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and fulmars.
Cliffs, coastal caves, sea stacks, rock folds and historic maritime features all contribute to this wealth of natural beauty to be seen from the water”. Dolphin Watch Carrigaholt
– could this be a safe haven for the weary boatman to shelter from the stormy seas?
– a safe haven for wildlife such as the grey seals that also populate this area?
Either way, it is a place to explore!
Loop Head, Co. Clare
Kilkee Coastline, Co. Clare
Kilkee Coastline, Co. Clare, West Coast of Ireland
Magnificent architectural rock formations of the peninsula trace the evolution of a large scale river delta during the Upper Carboniferous Period about 320 million years ago.
Oil painting, drying, varnishing and multi-tasking
Carrigaholt and Loop Head Peninsula, Co. Clare
Lilly on Lilly pads
Despite images flooding my mind of the untamed waters of Kilkee, Loop Head and the majestic Cliffs of Moher, my thoughts were of rock formations, flora and fauna and the onset of Autumn colour – I found myself painting abstracts in oil.
“Making hay while the sun shines” or in other words, taking full advantage of the extended period of sunshine, now that Autumn has arrived. Painting, varnishing, framing – multi-tasking en plein air and sunshine in the comfort of my garden – bliss!
These are some of the miniature 5 x 5″ oil paintings showcased in white frames that I have worked on and I hope you like them.
I look forward to more painting in my garden while this borrowed sunshine lingers and hope to post the results of my work here shortly.
A veil of silence permeates through the house – no sounds of I-phones, I-pads, headphones or telephones, radio nor TV ; just me and the occasional creak and gurgle echoes throughout the house as the shrill winds outside knock on every window and bang on every door, looking for entry.
Christmas has passed along with the ringing in of 2012. Parties attended, old friends reunited, waistlines expanded, all now absorbed in one big fading but happy memory.
And so it is Monday morning! My family are housed where they are destined to be – work, college or school. And then, there’s me here in my studio, filled with these passing thoughts; one hundred paintings in my head and several hundred reference photos begging to be explored.
How exciting and daunting all at the same time! Here goes!