Wishing you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas
Here is the last painting of 2019. This has already been delivered and I’m happy to say – was received with great delight!
This is the Dingle Peninsula in Co. Kerry and is about a 30 kilometre drive. It is one of the highlights of the Wild Atlantic Way and is the most western point in Ireland. It is most picturesque covering an ancient landscape of prehistoric ring forts, beehive huts, early Christian chapels, crosses and holy wells, hamlets and abandoned villages. It has a breath-taking, majestic coastline where you can take a boat ride from the famous Dunquin harbour to the Blasket Islands.
On this particular day, there were lots of tourists about. There were also lots of seagulls about – big seagulls, hungry scavengers! They swooped down in quest of any scraps of food they could find while scaring the life out of everyone, hence, the name Gulls Landing.
An old Dublin saying
“they’d take the eye out of your head and come back for the eyelashes”
Seagulls have become quite a nuisance because they can dive on people and pets. Came across this drunken seagull discovered by the New York Post which I thought you might enjoy. However, they’re not all bad – I like to paint them and they add extra life to a painting. View my other seascape paintings
I enjoyed doing this painting so thinking about doing a larger version when all this Christmas fun is done.
Warm wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends and family and particularly to those living abroad and in the U.S.
Thanksgiving, currently celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November by federal legislation in 1941, has been an annual tradition in the United States by presidential proclamation since 1863 and by state legislation since the Founding Fathers of the United States. Historically, Thanksgiving has traditionally been a celebration of the blessings of the year, including the harvest. What Americans call the “Holiday Season” generally begins with Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is celebrated both with family and in public places with parades such as Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York City, ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade in Plymouth, Massachusetts, McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago, and Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Parade in New Orleans. This first day after Thanksgiving Day—Black Friday—marks the start of the Christmas shopping season
Wikipedia but are in our thoughts.
For me, Thanksgiving is a special day to give thanks and remember those no longer with us or those who live someplace else but are always in our thoughts.
Continuing to paint like crazy for upcoming exhibitions – I love it!
This painting is from a trip to Dingle during the summer. We drove around the peninsula and each sight was more breath-taking than the next. We did boat trips to the magnificent Blasket Islands and climbed the highest mountains – more to come in another blog post. A return visit is a must!
So, Ideal Home Show is on again this bank holiday weekend in the RDS Dublin 25 – 28 th October
This is where you get the opportunity to
Create the home you love
. Interior design hub
. home advice theatres
.ask an expert
.build & extend
.grants and tax breaks
.kitchen & bathrooms
.windows & insulation
to include Finline Furniture Showhouse designed by Helen McAlinden and Interiors & Design Theatre with Nick Knowles UK TV presenter
Ideal Home Show
I too, will be there at Stand N40 right beside the Interior & Design Theatre. I hope to see you there. You can get free admission for a limited period by registering at this link or failing that, message me and I will send you on some tickets gladly.
Busy preparing for upcoming shows and this is one of my latest creations from my “Transcendence Series” entitled Cascading Depths.
Cascading Depths painting is from a series of abstract landscapes. Mixing my favourite colours – those earthy, autumn blends of colour that nature presents are very pleasing and offer a comforting warmth for me. I build up many layers of shapes and form with a palette knife, brushes and even my fingers can play a part in the process until I am satisfied with the final result.
Does this painting invite you in?
Is it a journey deep into the woodland
a cascading waterfall?
What does it say to you – I would love to hear from you.
Driving through the Valley is a unique experience. It is embedded in a mountainous landscape of unspoilt nature – Mweelrea Mountain and Sheeffry Hills. There are two lakes on the east-side, where the Wild Atlantic Way winds its way through.
A yearly walk is held along this route in memory of the Doolough dead and to highlight the starvation of the world’s poor, still today.
A stone memorial cross can be found on the northern edge of the valley, dedicated to the victims of the “Doolough Tragedy” marking one of the most tragic periods in Irish history. During the Great Famine in 1849, hundreds of people made their way from Louisburgh to Delphi Lodge. Threatened by starvation, their suffering was ignored and they were turned away. Many died from malnutrition on the return journey to Louisburgh in Doolough Valley.
“How can men feel honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings?”
Having recently exhibited my paintings at some big shows in Dublin, Ideal Home Show and the House Event, my mind filled with thoughts of some of the great people I met at these shows, fellow artists and of course, those who bought or showed interest in my paintings.
It is such a hectic time in the lead-up to these shows, with so much planning, preparation and things to do – the lists become endless. Then self-doubt sneaks in and creates panic!
are the paintings good enough?
do they sit well together?
have I enough to fill the space?
is there an evident theme?
will the framer have the frames ready in time?
have I thought of all the small things that make the presentation complete – business cards/name tags/ flowers ….???
oh! and what about….
It always works out in the end and the shows are so interesting and exciting to be a part of. It is the greatest honour when someone purchases a painting and I find myself wondering:
Perhaps the purchase is a gift for a special person or occasion
Will it hang in a home or an office
Maybe it will travel to some foreign country and reside there
Hopefully the painting will be treasured by families and friends over future generations
Some people request a commission to paint their favourite spot
Others want to purchase limited edition prints
How probable is it that my paintings will outlive me!
So Andy Warhol’s saying seemed very poignant!
The idea is not to live forever, but to create something that will
…….so many musings ……. so appreciative to be an artist.