Low Ebb

 

Low Ebb

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"

For another early morning moment see Rook Echoes.
Buttermilk is a smaller work in egg tempera. 

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Fergus Ryan

About Fergus Ryan

View all my Artist Daily images and associated chat HERE ____________________________________________________________ Everything I look at I make a mirror of  Wherein to see my soul in all its seasons.  Patrick Kavanagh To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion all in one. John Ruskin The Presence of Absence I am moved by a sense of the lingering 'presence of absence', the suspension in unbreathed time of reveries of unforgetting, lost presences, and the melancholy of traces. My inspiration in recent years comes from twentieth-century American realism, especially the somewhat disturbing and isolated moods of Andrew Wyeth. There are similar resonances in western Ireland's remote Atlantic landscapes. After a career in flying, my art studies have consisted of extended workshops in the United States with some prominent artists, Koo Schadler (egg tempera), Joe McGurl and Don Demers (oils, en plein air), Stan Miller (watercolour and egg tempera), and David Kassan (charcoal and oil portraits), and in Ireland with Carey Clarke, past president of the Royal Hibernian Academy (oils). In 2013 I spend the summer in Italy studying landscape painting with Israel Hershberg as part of the Jerusalem Studio School master class. In the Spring of 2015 I participated in the 6-week intensive programme of drawing and painting. I have exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy's annual exhibition in Dublin, with works in egg tempera (Buttermilk, Tidepool), acrylic (Extra Room andTerminus), and oils (Dreadlocks, Liminal, Lightkeeper and Reflection). Sudden Breeze was featured in International Artist magazine's Feb/Mar 2009 edition (65) landscape competition, and an 8-page article on my landscape paintings featured in International Artist June/July 2012 issue, number 85.  My website is www.FergusARyan.com  My Facebook art page is here. A video of some of my paintings is here on YouTube.

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