Wednesday, July 22, 2009
John says "My paintings are about light and the effects of light on objects such as figures, water landscapes; they are about minute colour changes"
The site is http://johnmorrisartist.com/
This is a studio painting (oil 9x12 on linen).
Some of the mountain chains on the Dingle Peninsula have no official name. I think that this is Stradbally Mountain, part of a long spine down the center of the peninsula, on the way towards Conor Pass.
The painting is from a visit home to my daughter, living in Tralee, from photographs taken on the move while driving to Dingle.
This is me (well-someone-bad likeness) at work in August 2008 on the rocky shoreline at Doolin, Couty Clare, Ireland.
This is a magnificent place to paint, provided you securely anchor everything down against strong, sometimes gale force winds blowing in off the Atlantic. The chances of a good soaking are also high, but then, shortly afterwards, out will come the sun and dry you off. Actually the stormy skies make for more stimulating images, anyway.
The famous Cliffs of Moher are in the background, by the way.
Friday, July 3, 2009
The demise of this great tree fascinated me at the time and, while I have made previous efforts to create a painting from it, this is my most "complete" effort. I had great difficulty with the tonal values because of the over exposure. This difficulty reinforces my belief in plein air painting, when, even if the painting is not a success, there is still authentic color notation from which a studio painting can be created.