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4 Aug 2011
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LIGHTKEEPER.  Acrylic on linen, 24" x 36".  Collection, Government of Ireland

A patch of misty light catches the old lightkeepers' cottages above the Baily lighthouse. The paths through the grasses lure the wanderer towards the towering cliffs, where breathtaking beauty and yawning dangers lie side by side. 

The house and lighthouse are the subject of another painting, Doldrum Bay

UPDATE: Lightkeeper was selected for the Royal Hibernian Academy 182nd Annual Exhibition, 2012 in Dublin (along with Dreadlocks). It was purchased by the Government of Ireland, Office of Public Works.

UPDATE 30 May 2012: Lightkeeper features in the Jun/July 2012 issue 85 of International Artist magazine, in an 8-page feature on my landscape paintings.

To see all my images on Artist Daily click HERE.

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on 4 Aug 2011 3:39 PM

I'm fascinated by the movement in the grass, love the perspective.  Thanks for posting in the forums also so that we could see the progression.

on 4 Aug 2011 3:50 PM

Thanks, Sharon. It's all a bit of a slog. Here's a glipse of building the layers of grasses.

on 4 Aug 2011 4:03 PM


RAUL wrote
on 4 Aug 2011 4:29 PM

I agree with Sharon 100%. Beautiful piece!

on 4 Aug 2011 4:32 PM

Oh, but worth it , the effect is stunning.  Thanks for the close up.

on 4 Aug 2011 4:38 PM

Thank you, Raul.

kristinsande wrote
on 4 Aug 2011 5:40 PM

Nice work!

on 4 Aug 2011 10:59 PM

Exquisite work Fergus - such detail and soft lightling.

on 5 Aug 2011 1:11 AM

Thank you Michelle and Kristin.

on 5 Aug 2011 1:43 AM

There is much to find in this work (on all levels). 

on 5 Aug 2011 2:42 AM

Anthony, you always unveil the hidden structures of things. The image is a series of intersecting ellipses radiating out from the patch of exposed ground, with 'escape routes' for the eye at each side. The house is like a diamond in a ring. I found the old power lines to the lighthouse very evocative.

on 5 Aug 2011 3:17 AM

I knew it! This is an abstract work masquerading as realism! It's like looking at clouds... we fleetingly see things in them that others do not! So the structure might be almost 'ammonite' but I can see other forms in there! Faces, reclining mouse etc etc. I know... I am being like those academic, literary fellows who dissect the works of Shakespeare and find things in them which would certainly surprise the old Bard! 

on 5 Aug 2011 3:50 AM

Anthony, you're a master of reader-response hermeneutics!

MPO wrote
on 5 Aug 2011 11:43 AM

Very beautiful work, Sir!

on 6 Aug 2011 7:11 AM

Anthony, I may have to do a few minor adjustments to deal with those unintentional anthropomorphic and murine features! I am reminded of a friend who's a preacher saying, "Wonderful things in the Bible I see, some put there by you and some put there by me."

on 6 Aug 2011 7:13 AM

Ammonite ones, on the other hand, would be OK.

on 6 Aug 2011 7:21 AM

MPO, thank you. It's nice being called 'Sir'!

on 6 Aug 2011 7:42 AM

Fergus... please don't touch or add another blade of Grass! I've just spotted a Kingfisher emerging from water... and a startled Fox!'ll only be inserting new 'unintentional imagery' if you tinker.... and you don't know if I have interpreted all these Bosch-like creatures; in fragments, in negative or inverted! I often intentionally hide things in my paintings (chocolate boxy as they at first might appear)! It all came from a fascination of Holbein's 'Ambassadors'! 

on 6 Aug 2011 7:49 AM

Thank you for the Hieronymous counsel, Anthony.

on 6 Aug 2011 7:52 AM

Are you sure you're not on anything?

on 6 Aug 2011 8:08 AM

....Not long got back from an 8 mile run... and that certainly helps to 'lighten the head'! That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!

curtis wood wrote
on 6 Aug 2011 5:26 PM

i would like to veiw your works in real life, for hours on end.

on 7 Aug 2011 5:02 AM

Curtis, for a close-up view of how the grasses in Lighkeeper were painted see the Forum section, Acrylics, Painting Fine Lines in Acrylics HERE.


dmac wrote
on 18 Aug 2011 5:13 PM

Ah Fergus you're both a grand artist and a magical marketer! Well done Mister R!

on 19 Aug 2011 3:14 AM


on 30 May 2012 5:21 AM

A view at the Grand Opening of the Royal Hibernian Academy 182nd Annual Exhibition 2012, with Lightkeeper.

on 13 Sep 2012 2:45 AM

Happy to see that even in these times of constraint the Government of Ireland still purchases paintings for display in public buildings.