Sorting the Nets

Fishermen gather round – they sort the fishing nets as they prepare for the evening catch!

Frequent travels to the west coast of Ireland are always a pleasure.

No matter what time of year I visit, there is always something different to see, a different light, changing hues, and the wild Atlantic continues to battle its way to our shores.

Visits to wonderful coastlines such as Dogs Bay and Gurteen just outside the picturesque small fishing village of Roundstone, Co. Galway are particularly special.

This painting is a reflection of one of those special moments  when I saw fishermen assemble to prepare for the evening catch – the silhouettes against the evening sky create a touch of mystery!

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Lough Currane, Waterville, Co. Kerry

Lough Currane

Lough Currane, Waterville, Kerry - Oil on block canvas 50 x 16"
Lough Currane, Waterville, Kerry – Oil on block canvas 50 x 16″

Delighted that  my latest painting of Lough Currane in Co. Kerry is off to its new home just in time for Christmas!

 

Art Award of Excellence – Evening Catch

 

Delighted to receive an art award and the recognitionward of Excellence from Four Points Contemporary

3rd Biannual Competition

with my painting entitled Evening Catch

Evening Catch 20 x 30 Oil on canvas
Evening Catch
20 x 30 Oil on canvas

This Competition  was juried by Flavia Cosma, the Executive Director Int’l Writers & Artists’ Residency Quebec, Canada

See Press Release here

I wish I was a Gannet!

 

I wish I was a gannet (well…. maybe for  just for a little while! )

From our boat trip along the shores of Carrigaholt and  around Loop Head, we were mesmerized by the gannets as they dive-bombed into the sea from up to 40 metres and hit the water with a streamlined elegance that Tom Daley and his Olympic buddies could only attempt to emulate.

Gannets are the most  amazing seafaring birds to watch.   They are the largest of Ireland’s sea birds and with a wingspan of just under 2m.   They have snow-white plumage,  are tipped with black on the wings and are crowned with a buttery almond glow.

The Gannet Watch 24 x 16 Oil on Canvas
The Gannet Watch 24 x 16 Oil on Canvas

As the boat swayed to and fro, I gazed up into the morning light and thought about my best efforts at a pencil dive, then as I watched another rapid dive,  I thought …… no more cooking….. no more cleaning up…… sushi for every meal – how wonderful and simple life could be!  I wish I was a gannet!

Shortly thereafter, we arrived back to shore!

What would you like to be?