Tuesday, July 19, 2011

New Paintings of Hungry Hill on the Beara Peninsula

I've been busy this month with painting workshops on Achill Island and working on some new paintings for the Hungry Hill gallery on the Beara Peninsula. In particular I've been focusing on the mountain itself.

Hungry Hill mountain is one of those big, foreboding, rocky mountains that tower over everything below and can be covered in cloud for weeks on end. At the foot of the mountain is Adrigole Arts and Coffee shop and upstairs is the Hungry Hill Art Gallery. It's a great place to stop and browse!

This painting, "At the Foot of Hungry Hill", 40x40 cms, I think captures the scale of the mountain and I'm really happy with the colour balancing in this one. (The house in the painting is not the gallery by the way........)

The workshops on Achill Isalnd were really enjoyable, especially last weekend, which despite appalling weather turned out to be very productive. We managed to get out in the mornings to do some scouting and sketching before the gale force winds and rain blew us back into the studio!

Here is a painting that started life as a demonstration at one of the workshops. It is of Purteen Harbour, looking out over Inish Galloon and Clare Island (covered in cloud). There's a little more work to do on it but I like it a lot at the moment.

My next workshops in Achill are coming up in August. I will be running two 4 day workshops , monday to thursday on the 8th to 1th and 15th to 18th. Lots of space left for anyone who'd like to experience the island...and do a little painting.

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