Many thanks to the islanders patience here, I am a little late with my entry and as always have little excuse for my tardiness bar my usual disorganization. I guess it's nice to actually have a dream
project, not just one that's pie in the sky.. it keeps us going.
So here's mine, for which the preperation started well over a decade ago.. and is still going on.
My idea is quite simple, to paint the coastline from an ocean viewpoint, during a journey for which the end destination is a safe port where the works can be exhibited. The journey I am hoping to complete is actually quite short, a mere one hundred miles or so, but the mode of transport would have to be sail.
A task for which I have already completed a vessel. Also to make it more interesting the journey would have to be completed solo and the all artwork would have to be undertaken on board.
The boat for the little voyage is home made.. started, finished and tested as I said over a decade ago, its slow and easy to handle for one person. The reason being, that it is so small. Made from mostly salvaged timbers such as mahogony and pitch pine, Spirit is a twenty foot, bermuda rigged, fixed keel sailboat. I built her myself with this purpose in mind from a set of plans that described her traditional form.
The plan is to sail from the port of Cork, South West along the coast, past Glandore Bay and down to Baltimore, through Long Island bay, to round Mizen Head and then Sheeps Head. Then to tuck in between Bear island and Castletown and finally end up at a safe mooring in Glengarriff harbour right alongside Garnish island. So far, I am pretty happy about the most of it except for rounding Mizen head. The idea is to produce as much art as possible along the way, a type of "plein air at sea". I have included the chart below for any who would not be familiar with the route.
It has taken me quite a bit of work and about a third of my lifetime to get to this point and though I am not absolutely fully prepared yet.. I am getting closer. The skills necessary for this project were hard won and I made many mistakes along the way, all of which I have learned from. Over the years I have had to teach myself the skills of boatbuilding, sailing, navigation, drawing and painting. I have yet to find the time to complete the project. But I am hopeful and remain in a reasonable state of readyness. I am sure the time will present itself in due course. And that my friends is my dream project :)