Saturday, August 02, 2008

"Galway Bay #1", Ireland

"Galway Bay #1, Ireland"... 6x8" Oil on panel, alla prima, 7-2008. Small study for my "Enchanting Ireland" series that will exhibit August 2009. PRIVATE COLLECTION, Ohio

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This small painting is a study for larger works that will make up a solo show titled "Enchanting Ireland" that will exhibit in August 2009 at the Baysden Gallery. These small works allow me to experiment with composition, color harmony, etc before committing the work to a large canvas. They serve as thumbnail views and studies to get the most out of a larger work.

Galway Bay was a very special place on our recent trip to Ireland. This scene of the bay is viewed from the small village of Claddagh... a small fishing village known worldwide for the Claddagh ring. This spot was special for my wife and I because we exchanged Claddagh rings and renewed our wedding vows here in celebration of our 20th wedding anniversary... the reason for our special trip to Ireland.

Dan and Beth Hill, Dayton, Ohio

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