'Tidepool', egg tempera on true gesso panel, 26" x 48"
© Fergus A Ryan, 2014
Exhibited, Royal Hibernian Academy 184th Annual Exhibition, 2014
My studio overlooks this tidal marsh with the rocky island of Ireland's Eye and Howth* Head in the background, where WB Yeats lived for some time. The winter russet colouring is beautiful, and at low tide the estuary is full of little tidepools 'that scarce could bathe a star'—this somewhat shamrock-shaped pool is one of the larger ones. As I stood here far out from the house a buzzard wheeled low overhead and flapping herons and egrets glided cautiously away from the intruder; it seemed like Yeats' faery-land, 'the waters and the wild'. The painting is very large for an egg tempera.
*Howth rhymes with 'both'
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