Well, the Ideal Home Show is over till next year. I’m feeling nicely tired after the four days of chatting to so many visitors, but fondly looking back with some very nice memories.
Thank you to all the lovely people who visited my stand over the weekend. I met all kinds of interesting people and had lots of fun.
A big thank you to Dublin Beds who were located beside me. Following a “mishap” with my car, they very kindly made a delivery for me and kept my customers very happy, along with their own. How kind was that!
I enjoyed the craic too!
So now, I will retreat for a while and find a place for everything with everything in its place!
A short while ago, I had the absolute delight to catch the Regatta in the very charming village of Roundstone in the heart of Connemara. Since then, I have gone mad painting Galway Hooker fishing boats because they are so majestic, beautiful and strong.
Roundstone is on the west coast of Connemara an area of outstanding natural beauty and inspiration for many artists with hills, valleys and beautiful coastlines.
The Galway hooker is a traditional fishing boat used in Galway Bay off the west coast of Ireland. The hooker was developed for the strong seas there. It is identified by its sharp, clean entry, bluff bow, marked tumblehome and raked transom. Its sail plan consists of a single mast with a main sail and two foresails.
There are so many interesting places to visit in Connemara, for example:
The rugged, glacially sculpted backdrop to Roundstone is the majestic mountain of Errisbeg, which rises to almost 1,000 feet. No visit to Connemara is ever complete without a visit to the harbour village of Roundstone. It is an ideal base from which to explore the wonderful ice-age scoured and lake-strewn Roundstone Bog. South of the village the crescent-shaped beaches of Gurteen and Dog’s Bay and their intervening tombolo draw thousands each summer.
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I have been busy painting, varnishing and framing my paintings in readiness for the busy season ahead.
This weekend marks the first of the outdoor exhibitions in St. Stephens Green, Dublin City Centre. There will be hundreds of original paintings for sale and great value to be had.
Come along and meet the artists this weekend in Dublin.
Dates for your diary : 2017 People’s Art Exhibitions
5 6 7 May 2017 | 23 24 25 June 2017 | 21 22 23 July 2017 | 18 19 20 August 2017 | 22 23 24 September 2017 | 1 2 3 December 2017.
People’s Art Dublin is a voluntary, part time, non profit making group, brought together by Dublin City Council to promote the visual arts to the public of Dublin. Each year after expenses are paid, donations are made to various charities
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The weather is good and the outdoor art exhibition around St. Stephens Green, Dublin this weekend promises to be great.
I have been busy preparing for this exhibition and took full advantage of the sunshine in the garden today.
No matter how much room I thought I had, it was never enough! Frames, paint, brushes, hanging cords, screws, screwdrivers, tape, wrapping …. the list just goes on. A busy day, a fun day and everything all packed up for the morning.
If you’re in Dublin this weekend, be sure to drop by. There will be over a hundred artists exhibiting around St. Stephens Green with super original and unique paintings to suit everyone’s taste.
People’s Art Dublin is a voluntary, part time, non profit making group, brought together by Dublin City Council to promote the visual arts to the public of Dublin. Each year after expenses are paid, donations are made to various charities.
You may have heard me rave about Ireland and its beautiful, unique qualities – the spectacular landscape – a source of inspiration to me and many others.
Check out this video put together by Sonder Ireland . It will take you on a visual journey. It offers its own magical view of our culture and scenery – the things that make us Irish and all the wonderful things that people love about Ireland
A trip to Nepal in November 2014 proved to be very special and inspirational. In order to preserve these great memories, I would like to share some of these moments with you. I also intend using my photos as inspiration to create new paintings and I hope that you will join me on this journey. Continue reading “Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Setting out!”
No matter how tired, or how long the journey was, I could not permit myself to sleep on the coach. I would prop myself by the window, camera at the ready and all because – the Nepalese countryside had a hypnotic effect on me – I feared I might miss something!
Established in 1973, Chitwan National Park is the first national park in Nepal and was granted the status of WorldHeritage Site in 1984.
The journey would take us 6 hours along the main route from Tibet and Kathmandu.
Glued to the window of the bus, I found myself day-dreaming of the disparate lives of the Nepalese. Trucks, lorries, school buses, goats strapped to the roofs of moving vehicles, stray animals wandering down the main street, we see it all!
We arrive at the Jungle Safari Resort. A quick refresh, no time to waste, then off for a ride on two oxen along the lumpy, bumpy tracks.
Local villagers look on with an air of curiosity – how different our lives are!
We come upon the elephant breeding centre. This rural atmosphere seemed absolutely charming.
Next morning, at 5.45 am we find ourselves canoeing on the Rapti River. There was low visibility and the air was cloaked with a mysterious, haunting, grey mist.
The canoes crept along sleekly through the waters and led by officials from the National Park. We spot crocodiles along the bank – in the same water as us! – only a boat between us and them!
As we dismount from the canoes on the far bank the Guide points out the footprint of the Royal Bengal Tiger. It was an old footprint but enough to scare us all that we were now sharing the same land as these wild endangered species.
We go for a long walk, carefully picking each step along the way. We study this terrain for signs of animal life. We stumble upon reindeer, monkeys and magnificent bird life.
The Guide shares his binoculars with us as we pick out magnificent birds in flight and nesting along the banks of the river.
We watch an old man with a herd of water buffalo pick a path across the river. You can tell, this is a man of nature, a man of much knowledge!
We go on a jeep safari and encounter a rhino up close and personal but that’s another story!
We visit Gharial Hatchery Farm where crocodiles are raised before being released into the wild.
Later, we dine alfresco in the grounds of the hotel on a balmy evening. We enjoy the local dance with superb and graceful movement. The music sways us in unison with the brilliance of their striking and vivid costume.