I stopped here at about five o'clock in the morning on my way home after an all night flight, tired and feeling at a ‘low ebb’, melancholy, reflective, looking off to sea. I stood in stillness in my uniform for a very long time. In the enveloping early morning mist there was nothing to disturb the silence, except the gentle lapping of what Yeats called 'low sounds by the shore'.
In the egg tempera painting that resulted from this suspended moment, the figure in blue (another mood 'sign'), is my wife Sarah. The title plays on subdued feelings, and on the low tide.
High Rock is a point between the coastal towns of Malahide and Portmarnock in County Dublin, about a mile from my home. The rocks bear fossils, and the vantage point overlooks two islands – Ireland’s Eye and Lambay Island. The nearby Velvet Strand was the departure point for the first westbound solo transatlantic flight.
Egg tempera on panel, 24" x 24"
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