I was out sketching along the shores of Scotsman's Bay in Sandycove. It was a bright and breezy day but rain clouds were gathering. I spent about two hours painting a large 16 x 20 inch paper. Exhausted with battling against the wind, I started to pack away my things when I turned around and saw THIS scene! I quickly scrawlled it out in hurried pencil lines and broad brushstrokes as I watched the peninsula of Howth on the horizon line start to disappear in a swathe of rain. This quick 15 minute sketch of the scene had more life in it than the one I had spent hours on earlier. I've painted this scene a few times now, each time it comes out differently. But the energy in the sea and sky, the simplicity of the composition, make for a dynamic painting each time.