Finally, saving the best till last, I had the absolute pleasure of attending Tchaikovsky’s first ballet, Swan Lake, with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra held in the wonderful surroundings of The Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin. The formation of The Russian State Ballet in 1979 brought stars from the famous Bolshoi, Kirov and Stanislavski ensembles together to bring Soviet ballet to the rest of the world. Odette/Odile was performed by Anna Scherbakova whose command of the stage and lightness of foot resembled a butterfly set free in a field of wild flowers, one more sweet and alluring than the next.
Swan Lake, is considered to be the greatest classical ballet of all time. Its romance and beauty has mesmerised audiences for more than 100 years. For me, it was a truly captivating experience.
With all of this in mind, I thought I would show you the paintings that I have worked on which are in keeping with this wonderful world of mystique and charm – the life of a dancer!
The exhibition of original paintings on Merrion Square began in 1985 and has continued to grow ever since. The exhibition has now expanded to three sides of the Square covering over half a kilometre of railings and can be viewed every weekend and all year round.
The Catholic Church purchased Merrion Square park as a possible site for the first catholic cathedral in Dublin. The park was leased in 1974 by the St Laurence O’Toole Diocesan Trust (acting on behalf of the Archdiocese of Dublin) to the Dublin Corporation for public use and named in honour of Archbishop Dermot Ryan by the City Council. It has since come up for review again and it would seem that the new name for the park is, Merrion Square Gardens.
The park also hosts a flamboyant statue of Oscar Wilde , the Irish writer and poet (1854 – 1900). His former residence was No. 1 Merrion Square from 1855 to 1876, however, since 1994 the house has been taken over by The American College Dublin.
Walking the park is a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Maintained at a high level, the park boasts a magnificent display of shrubs and flowers for all to enjoy in the heart of Dublin city.
Oftentimes, other events take place, such as the Street Performance World Championship which should not be missed.
Then, feast your eyes on some great original paintings displayed on the railings every Sunday, whatever the weather! You will find me at No. 90 (identified by brass number plates) on the north side of the Square. Why not drop by for a visit and say hello.
High up in the Dublin mountains, pockets of snow littered the landscape as the Spring sunshine and shrill winds competed with one another. The harsh winter had been left behind and the only evidence remaining was the rush of Spring water beating a track through the moss coated rocks, deep into the forest.
On 12th January, 2010, twenty miles west of Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital was devastated by an earthquake that ripped through the earths surface and claimed the lives of over 200,000 people.
I found myself submerged in thoughts trying to make sense of this chaos – was it God’s doing or was it pure science at play: platelets and fault lines sliding in opposite directions?
My hands worked tirelessly and in unison with my scattered thoughts around the canvas, imagining the secret world that lies beneath the earths surface, trying to understand the angry restlessness that could create such devastation.