The Hook Peninsula is a regular venue for the Wexford AITO (Art in the Open).
I find that when I first arrive at a pre-arranged venue, I have eyes for the main item only. The Light house. And why not? It's an amazing eye-full. So that's exactly what I chose. I painted the lighthouse.
At that stage, maybe 8.00 am, there was no one else about. No other painters I mean. So I had sunshine and peace.
Wexford is a 3 hour drive from my hometown in the north of Ireland. It took me until mid-afternoon to arrive. By that stage there were dozens of artists set up and painting in the grounds of the first venue, a stately home. The weather was a bit overcast, so I decided to do a warm up quickie of a fellow painter. That was a good start to the week. I had a coffee, then did another 5 minute figure.
I began with a careful drawing. But even a drawing such as this is in realty quite complex. The scene in front of me was a small town. But I had to restrict my drawing to a small portion of it. Thats not easy. So as the painting progressed I began to get restless. The bottom half reflects this.
We, my wife and I , had a smashing holiday in Alicante. Just a few days, but a it's a great city to visit.
We stayed in a B&B type hotel on Rambla Méndez Núñez. That was a more or less picked at random, but turned out to be a really good location. A stones throw from the old town and a short walk to the beach. The beach is incredible. It's right on the city doorstep. Good food. Reasonable prices...best I know of in Europe.