Strong light, cumulus clouds and rainbows 

I frequently slam on the brakes and jump from my car to photograph the rainbows that appear during unsettled weather. These plus huge cumulus clouds often show up in my work. The sky in West Cork shows the mercurial aspect of the landscape and can be used to balance the heaviness of rock and water. Bright days are essential to my reference material. I photograph on bright sunny days in order to get the most cast shadows which give objects in the paintings solidity and realism. This morning there was a rainbow veiled across Sugarloaf in Glengarriff.