An Irish seascape
I still remember my very first visit to the Cliffs. No-one ever forgets their first visit, but every time you leave you will be looking forward to your return. No visit is ever the same as another. The weather plays a big part in this. But also the time of day, time of year or the simple fact of how prepared you are on the day.
I love being at the cliffs and I was delighted to receive a commission to paint them. The request was for a sunny day on the Cliffs of Moher. Now that was a challenge. Most of the time the weather on the Irish west coast will be at least a little wild anyway. But I have visited so many times, I built myself a little reference library of photos I could rely on.
Irish seascape paintings are not something I paint every day. So I wanted to bring myself into a really good mind for it, making it as authentic as I could.
A little help
When I paint a pet, I always ask for some stories about the pet. Something to bring the character alive in a pet portrait. So for this seascape painting, I wanted something to bring me that feeling of being there. When you are inside the visitor center, nestled right into the cliff top, you will hear the sounds of pipe music. It is so fitting for the place, taking you back in time and leaving you with an even deeper experience. So on one of my visits, I tracked down the exact CD of this music. It is Davy Spillane’s Pipedreams. The song MIDNIGHT WALKER is the song that I connect the most with it. You can have a listen to it by clicking the link to the song on YOUTUBE
So while I painted this famous Irish seascape, I listened to my CD. It was as if I could still hear the seabirds screaming in the background and the wind catching my breath. I will share some words from the website of the Cliffs of Moher with you and a link to the site too. If you are ever in the area, treat yourself to a visit. You will not regret it.
A LOOK BACK IN TIME. A VIEW OF FOREVER.
Step on to the edge of the world and into an awe-inspiring view that dreams are made of – at the Cliffs of Moher you will encounter nature in its wildest, purest form – see the rugged cliffs facing the mighty ocean, taste the salt air, hear the birds cry, feel the ancient rocks beneath your feet, smell the wind. Decide today to grant your highest wish to visit Ireland’s most spectacular natural wonder at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way – the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience.