This blog is about my recent trip to Donegal in the North of Ireland. The country has changed a lot since I first visited it in the early 1990s. The impression you get driving across the South-Western countries and the Midlands is of a, modern, confident, prosperous and growing country.
I will be in Ireland for the rest of the month. Please be aware that any artwork purchased after 25th March will only be shipped after 12th April.
Paints represent a sort of non-verbal language for me. I actually find it hard to put into words how I feel about paints. I have a “feeling” in my stomach and I want to wave my hands about a bit to express those feelings. I don’t know if other artists are like this. I see colours in life and think of the paints I might use to represent them on the canvas. This blog is about a particular shade of blue.
My painting of Bunbeg, Donegal. I liked the reflections of the clouds in the shallows, I thought it made for a dramatic composition. I thought the rain clouds also gave a better sense of the mercurial nature of weather of Donegal.
Along the diverse coast of The Rosses there are many small island very close to shore. One of them is Fall Island, which can be reached by foot when the tide is low. There is only one single house on the 300 metres long island.
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I have had an ambivalent relationship with painting clouds. My approach to painting clouds has been transformed by looking at and painting Irish skies.
Painting of the coast of Owey Island, Donegal. Owey lies just a short distance off Cruit Island near Kincasslagh in west County Donegal.
There is a frequent ferry service from Burtonport and this old cottage was spotted nestling into the rocks of one of many islands, Inishcoo, I think, en route to Arranmore.
There was an island just across the turquoise water from Cruit Island. It was dotted with houses, some clearly derelict, others in good order. I didn’t know it at the time but this was Owey island.