Alan Cotton  
 

Paintings - Ireland

Connemara - Gathering Storm at Ballyconneely - 16" x 20" - 41cm x 51cm
Gathering Storm at Ballyconneely - 16" x 20" 41cm x 51cm
  Co Kerry - Cottages at Ventry Harbour - 30" x 36" - 76cm x 91cm
Co Kerry - Cottages at Ventry Harbour - 30" x 36" 76cm x 91cm

"The more I have painted along the West Coast of Ireland, the more I have become aware of the way the skies affect the landscape, change its moods and dictate the traditional way of life of its people. In many of my later paintings the horizons have dropped lower and lower, the landscapes have somehow become less important than the skies. The huge variety of cloud formations are of constant interest, sometimes even dark foreboding clouds have brilliant light glinting from behind them, which gives me a terrific visual buzz."

"Many of my Irish paintings are along the coastal edge, some with rock-pools left behind as the tide recedes and others with evening skies reflected in the water. The varying stages of the tide generate terrific changes and as a knife painter it allows me to use a wide variety of dragging and scumbling techniques to create textures and surface movements."

“I thrive on contrasts in my life and in my painting and after the fiery landscapes of the Mediterranean, I found the West Coast of Ireland to have a totally different kind of romanticism for me. Its culture, music and literature have a deep appeal and in 2003 I was deeply privileged to be invited, with a group of Irish artists, to exhibit my paintings of the Blasket Islands, which are situated off the coast of The Dingle, in the Blasket Centre at the end of the peninsula."

A sketch by Alan Cotton

  Connemara - Early Morning Light - 36" x 40" - 91cm x 102cm
Connemara - Early Morning Light - 36" x 40" 91cm x 102cm

A sketch by Alan Cotton
76cm x 91cm

"In Ireland I have often had to draw quickly and with great urgency, because the weather seems to change more quickly than any other place I have worked. Many of my drawings are splashed with rain, as I struggled to complete interpretations of the landscape with pen & wash and watercolour."

Connemara - Morning Sunburst 12" x 12" - 30cm x 30cm
Connemara - Morning Sunburst 12" x 12" 30cm x 30cm
  Connemara - The Road to Letterfrack 12" x 12" - 30cm x 30cm
Connemara - The Road to Letterfrack 12" x 12" 30cm x 30cm


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