Rain Over Howth Watercolour

Rain Over Howth 5 x 7 inches

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. 

Sketchbook Version, Rain Over Howth 10 x 22 inches

Sketchbook Version, Rain Over Howth 10 x 22 inches