at the Ideal Home Show, Dublin 12- 14th April 2019
The painting is framed in a white contemporary style box frame and is ready to hang.
The image below helps you visualise how it would look on your wall.
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And so, Breaking Dawn Oil Seascape Painting has gone off to a lovely new home.
It is always a source of great pleasure to me when I see my paintings hanging in someone’s home or business place.
It was good fun moving the painting around trying to find the best position for hanging it. Before I knew it, I had the shoes off while I climbed the chair with hammer and picture hooks at the ready.
A nice glass of Graham Norton’s rose wine helped to achieve the perfect hanging position!
… Is it crooked?
… Right a bit?
… Left a bit?
… Down a bit?
… No, up a bit?
The painting had to be positioned so that when looking at it, you could almost walk into that water and bathe your feet – that was the intention anyway!
Between us, I think we got it right and had a good ole laugh in the process!
See more of my seascapes here
Galway Hookers and Currachs in Roundstone, Co. Galway – Yay!
Having spent a fabulous week in Co. Mayo, I headed on up to Clifden in Galway ( the capital of Connemara!)
Aw! the west coast of Ireland, such raw beauty – I feel so happy and energised every time I head for the west and the Wild Atlantic Way.
You can drive the scenic route around the Sky Loop Road which offers spectacular views of the coastline (unfortunately, this time round, the mist came down like a thick blanket ghosting over the landscape and denied me that beauty I’d witnessed just weeks before).
Roundstone is a charming little harbour village. I see signs along the way announcing the regatta from Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd July – Yay!
This festival is over 200 years old.
I have always, always, wanted to see a regatta with those beautiful red sails of the Galway Hookers up close.
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 that exist along the coast. It is identified by its sharp, clean entry, bluff bow, marked tumblehome and raked transom. Wikipedia
I just couldn’t believe my luck to happen upon such a wondrous event!
I have painted the Hookers so many times. My children had attended Irish college in the Gaeltacht areas (Irish tradition), they too sent me photos, knowing my love of the boats and that my paint brushes would always be at the ready.
A currach (Irish: curach, Irish pronunciation: [ˈkʊɾˠax]) is a type of Irish boat with a wooden frame. They are smaller rowing boats and do not need to be anchored. They have a peculiar shape with a deep hull.
Let the Regatta begin:
I found me a “little spot” where I could watch the whole event with a full view of the bay.
I was the child in the candy shop.
Perched on a grassy bank and nibbling some snacks, I noticed through the corner of my eye, a little four legged creature passing by. It began with R and ended in T). Normally, I would get over-excited by such events, I might even scream. But this time, I picked myself up and headed for a large rock where I could see all around me and my little four legged creature went off about his business – perfect!
The day went on and more and more people assembled with cameras and binoculars. There was great excitement and delight. We could just about hear the muffled announcements over the loudspeakers coming from the harbour.
The currachs took off in races one after the other around the buoys. The Hookers cruised around in the background and then it was their turn to sail. I watched them dissapear off into the horizon!
So …………… all I want to do now, is to get painting. I want to remember this day through paint and try to recreate and capture that magic.