This is the second painting in a recent series based on the Lecknavarna townland near Killary. Here’s how the painting began – it’s a 12″ x 16″ canvas board.

Blue and red dominate and these are the colours that stood out when I was there. The fiery red is unusual for this time of the year and the effect was accentuated by the low fall of light. The mountains ( the Ben Coonas ) complement with rich tones of blue. I’ve accentuated the depth of hue in this initial sketch and I make a mental note to do some more studies like this soon as there is an immediacy and an energy to the piece at this stage that would work on a smaller scale.


First stage of blue road painting




Here’s the next stage. I’ve used some dark ink on the mountains and I’ve added more detail to the road and middle ground.


Second stage, blue road painting





I work with paint and ink together at this next stage and add some green to the foreground to give it more definintion.


Third stage blue road painting





The mountains have become a little too dark and flat so I attempt to lighten them next.

Next stage, blue road painting





This continues below and at last I feel that the mountains are coming alive. I referred back to the initial sketch to help me achieve this. The paint is still wet when I take this photo.


next stage, blue road painting




This is the same stage but the paint has dried and dulled a little. Once again, this will deepen once the piece is varnished.


Blue Road - finished painting