Wild Atlantic Way blog
The scribblings of an artist and photographer living in Ireland's south west
I wanted to see how far my Phantom 3 drone would fly, as I have experienced distance problems, so I chose a perfect wind free day to test its distance. I flew over Inisfernard an island off the Beara coast. I got almost to the end of the island before the red warning, about 2km from where I held the base controller. On the way back I became aware of three jet skis tearing up the Kenmare Bay. Inisfernard translates as the Island of the Big Man
First lighthouse built 1854, made of cast iron it replaced the light on Cape Clear. When the similar cast iron lighthouse on the Calf Rock was destroyed it was decided to build a granite one
See it up close and personal on
The Southern Lighthouse Tour
A Tight Squeeze
I decided to fly Eagle Eye, my Phantom 3 Advanced , through the caves known as The Arches on the north side of Ballydonegan Bay. It was a tight squeeze, and I lay awake the night before hoping I wouldn't crash the drone. Still all went according to plan and I hope you enjoy the result. I start the video off with showing you the location which is then followed by a fly over the target area and a wave from yours truly! Then its down to the business of going through the arches
Re-working a painting for charity
As many of you know I have been battling cancer since October 2016. I have been on chemo twice, December to January, operation in March and then second round of chemo starting May for nine weeks. I spent two and a half weeks in hospital after my 12 hour operation to remove my oesphagus. All these trips I had to make to hospital were, for the large part, arranged for me by a dedicated group of volunteers called Cancer Connect. The drivers do it for the love of it, devoting their time free of charge. The fuel they use is paid for by Cancer Connect.
I wanted to find a way to say a big thank you, so I painted the following oil early June
'Seamus bringing home the sheep' oil on canvas 20x16 inches
I took time and trouble with this one, working from an idea I had in my head, the two things that usually lead to a disastrous painting and sure enough it was not the best I had ever done. If I stay painting for longer than 30 minutes I start to make it look pretty and it always goes wrong as happened to this one, and that awful misshapen head of a creature appeared on the right of the valley and I wasn't sure how to correct it. I was also working from an idea that I had beforehand which is recipe for disaster. I don't paint from ideas, not from pictures or scenes for that matter. Everyone and the World tries to make me do them like that and I refuse. They tell me my paintings are too dark, why don't I paint bright blue scenes with a smiley sun looking down, everyone thinks best, but they are fine to have their say, I just wish they would tell some wall and not me
Anyhow I decided to re-paint part of the oil, without fore thought, and do it quickly and the result is below and I hope you all like it. The painting below will be auctioned at the opening of the Beara Arts Festival August 4th in Castletownbere. Starting price €450. So if you decide to buy, you are helping someone with cancer
As you can see I kept Seamus and his sheep and the stream flowing into the valley, but I also darkened the foreground
I was in an indifferent mood this morning, slept in late after taking my chemo tablets knowing full well I should be going to the funeral of a friend in Allihies at 1pm. But I had had a bad night, very sick, and I didn't really feel well enough to drive over to Allihies. If I did leave for the funeral then I would need to leave the house by Noon at the latest, but the cats needed feeding and so I went out to the studio and after feeding them decided a seascape might be a nice oil to paint. As it turned out I painted the above landscape. I never know what I am going to paint, it always comes straight out of my head onto the canvas. I am really pleased with this one. I think I work better under a bit of pressure, that being to get it done so I had time to drive to Allihies. I got it done all finished in about 30 minutes and realised I wouldn't make the gathering before the burial, then I realised I wouldn't make the burial either. Being on chemo I am not supposed to to attend gatherings anyway. Just think, if I don't suvive then this oil might be worth a fortune!!
This one I am calling 'The Hidden Valley' and you can also see it on my website www.JohnEagleArt.com or you can purchase prints of it from right here on my Zenfolio site.
I am rather pleased with my effort. The oil is 20x16 inches, oil on canvas