Painting the Himalayan Range Sarangkot, Nepal
This is the first painting I have attempted since my return from Nepal. Continue reading “Painting the Himalayan Range. Nepal”
The Nepalese are a very friendly race of people with beautiful smiles.
Their traditional greeting is “Namaste”someone and
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.
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%
Art + Travel Adventure to 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 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.
Receiving this award of excellence was heavenly:
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.
Delighted to receive an art award and the recognitionward of Excellence from Four Points Contemporary
with my painting entitled Evening Catch
This Competition was juried by Flavia Cosma, the Executive Director Int’l Writers & Artists’ Residency Quebec, Canada
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.
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?
The subject of this portrait is the face of Ezra Pound (1885 – 1972) a complicated man with a formidable reputation and known for his virulent anti-semitic outbursts.
This angular and introspective looking face, lined with the contours of a life of controversy was mesmerizing to me and prompted this charcoal sketch. [credit: Irish Times]
He made a great contribution to literature and is considered the poet most responsible for defining and promoting a modernist aesthetic in poetry. He advanced the work of such major contemporaries as W. B. Yeats, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, H. D., James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway T. S. Eliot.
Atlantic Crash Oil Painting awarded Second Place
2nd Bi-Annual Juried International Art Competition
Absolutely delighted that I was selected for an award in 2nd place with my painting Atlantic Crash.
I have always been moved by the great forces of the sea and its moods – calm, majestic to fierce. I witnessed this scene in a local town Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin and found it spellbinding to observe the pulsating movement of the waves against the rocks.