The field outside where I live. Barley is growing.
Painted over a few nights from life using a headlight mounted on my forehead. It was an amazing experience to paint out in the night air, so still and memorable. I’m moving away from using photographs as references.
I think this is the lowest horizon I’ve ever put on a painting, but then it’s all about the sky.
Ballycotton pier and harbour is just 3 miles from where I live. Behind the pier are two islands, the taller one has a lighthouse which is the bright red light in the painting. The bright lights illuminating the pier were a satisfying contrast with the deep indigo of the sky. Indeed this is my favourite colour to depict a sky.
I had noticed before I started painting this, that there is a fine contrast between street lighting and the twilight sky, between the yellow/orange glow and deep indigo of the sky. I was staying in Galway when I started on this, a fine town with an impressive cathedral. I like this painting a lot.