Colours of the Wild Atlantic Way

Photo: My palette at Clogher. It was a very bright day and I was especially glad to have the umbrella shading my work.

September 2014 and I turned to a young visitor at Clogher strand and said “where are the waves?”, he spontaneously replied “we were promised them too!!” The water was really still. The air was so calm that I didn’t even need the tent pegs to secure my easel up on the headland. I struggled in the bright light though, to get the colours of the cliffs and grasses, but I’m very happy I persevered.

Photo: Looking towards Knockbeg and Cummeen Mountains, Castlegregory, Dingle, West Kerry, on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

Here I am looking towards Cummeen and Knockbeg Mountains, late in the day. The colours of the landscape remained largely unchanged as I made my way around the Dingle peninsula, over the Conor Pass, Up Mount Brandon, only turning more blue grey slowly as I made my way along the coast past the Cliffs of Moher and beyond to Black Head, Galway and Wesport.

Photo: These colours showed up again and again on my journey.

To better record the colours, I chose to take my Munsell Glossy Book of Colour on this year’s road trip (September 2014) to study and plan out colour harmonies. It was a risk to take it out in the wind and rain of the coast, but I packed the colour chips in carefully labelled bags and I’m glad to say I didn’t lose any. The harmony of colours shown here cropped up again and again along the coast.

Photo: Colours scraped off my palette into a plastic box at the end of a day’s painting.

Plastic boxes are a great way to store paint at the end of the day so I’ve a point of reference for the next day and don’t waste paint. I like looking at them too.