Nepal Emergency Fund

Raffle for Nepal Emergency Fund

Nyatapola Temple, Bhaktapur, Nepal 10 x 20″ Mixed Media
Nyatapola Temple, Bhaktapur, Nepal 10 x 20″ Mixed Media

In light of the recent devastation in Nepal, that has claimed the lives of over 6,000 of its people,  I am asking that you give whatever you can afford. Your name will go into a raffle which will take place on Sunday 10th May and you could own this painting.   I will donate 100% of the proceeds to the Nepal emergency fund.

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Painting the Himalayan Range. Nepal

Painting the Himalayan Range Sarangkot, Nepal

Himalayan Range -Sarangkot 30 x 10" Mixed Media on Nepalese Hand Made Paper
Himalayan Range -Sarangkot 30 x 10″ Mixed Media on Nepalese Hand Made Paper

This is the first painting I have attempted since my return from Nepal. Continue reading “Painting the Himalayan Range. Nepal”

Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – The People

The Nepalese are a very friendly race of people with beautiful smiles.

Their traditional greeting is “Namaste” a conventional Hindu expression on meeting someone and usually holding the palms together vertically in front of their chest.

The meaning: 

the divine in me bows to the divine in you.  

The rest of the world could learn something from this.

Tibetan Influence

The spiritual leader, the Dali Lama fled from Tibet to India in 1959 and a guerilla movement fought the Chinese along the Nepalese border up until the 1970’s. The Dali Lama has been barred from visiting Nepal for fear  of offending the Chinese, however, there is a considerable presence of Tibetan refugees living in Nepal.  The Dali Lama and the exiled Tibetan government are based in India.

Street Life in Nepal

The weaving of Tibetan carpets and handicrafts has become a great source of income for both the Tibetan and Nepalese communities.

 

When in Pokhara, we came upon a lovely Nepalese lady with her sister and child crossing a suspension bridge. We exchanged Namaste and with a natural friendliness, got talking to her.  Who would believe that she lived in Ireland, not too far from where I live and worked in  city centre, Dublin.  She was back home in Nepal visiting her family.  What a coincedence!

Nepal is a poor country and the average life span is 65 years.  The average literacy rate is 65%

Nepalese People

Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Kathmandu

Art + Travel Adventure to Kathmandu

Boudhnath Stupa, Nepal - Pilgrims circulate clockwise, spinning prayer wheels
Boudhnath Stupa, Nepal – Pilgrims circulate clockwise, spinning prayer wheels

Discovering Kathmandu

Discovering the allure of the Kathmandu valley with its ancient  history is all-embracing.  It is small and compact covering an area of 220 square miles.   There are seven World Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO which is a number unrivalled anywhere else in the world. Continue reading “Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Kathmandu”

Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Bhaktapur

Art + Travel in Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur,  founded in 12th century,  is the ‘city of devotees’ and looks just like a medieval city built of brick and ornate wood carvings.  It is one of the three royal cities in the Kathmandu valley and is considered a cultural gem.

Bhaktapur streets
Bhaktapur streets

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Shades of Diversity Solo Art Exhibition Closes

The Shades of Diversity  Solo Art Exhibition

 Ballyroan Library, Dublin is coming to a close shortly.

Safe Haven - Oil on Canvas 20 x 30" at Shades of Diversity Solo Exhibition
Safe Haven – Oil on Canvas 20 x 30″

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The Intriguing Adventures of a Plein Air Painting at Art in the Open

The Intriguing adventures of a Plein Air Painting –  Art In the Open Wexford 2014

 

The sun blistered the landscape and diamonds of light rebounded along the River Slaney, Co. Wexford.   I  took in the wonderful vista of Wexford town from across the river and decided, today was the day that I would produce a masterpiece at this international painting festival, the biggest in Europe – Plein Air Painting at Art in the Open! Continue reading “The Intriguing Adventures of a Plein Air Painting at Art in the Open”

Art Award of Excellence – Gateway to Heaven

Receiving this award of excellence was heavenly:

Gateway to Heaven 16 x 12 Oil on block canvas
Gateway to Heaven
16 x 12 Oil on block canvas

Award of Excellence 

from Four Points Contemporary 3rd Biannual Competition

with my painting entitled Gateway to Heaven

This Competition was juried by Flavia Cosma, the Executive

Director Int’l Writers & Artists’ Residency Quebec, Canada.

Press Release

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

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The Morning After – People’s Art – May 2014

Thank you for visiting the Open Air Art Exhibition in St. Stephen’s Green  last weekend.  Here is a reminder, a short video of the

The Morning After

– People’s Art Exhibition  May in Dublin

kindly put together by artist, Pervaneh Matthews.

It is now the morning after and despite torrential rain never before seen in the lovely month of May, we managed to keep our spirits up along with the umbrellas, tarpaulins, plastic sheeting, pegs to hold everything down and anything and everything that gave shelter from the unrelenting Irish monsoon.

I could whinge and nobody would say a thing but then, this is Ireland, it is said:

there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing!

(my poor paintings wouldn’t agree)

‘Think I’ll start lining up Statues of Prague for the next exhibition on 20th -22nd June!

What d’ya think??