I painted this small painting over a number of days, over Christmas. I would usually paint a picture like this in one day but the light kept going and I wasn’t very energetic so I decided not to rush it and wait until the next day. I think my patience was well-rewarded.
I have painted this house before, in a much larger painting. It’s interesting how the more distant view produces a cooler more airy painting.
The background to my painting of Inishkeeragh, a tiny Donegal island. I was curious about the feint outlines of ruined houses I could see either side of the restored summer house. I wondered about them and their families.
On a grey overcast day, when the clouds seemed always about to descend on us, we drove to a smart red Georgian house by Lough Gartan, near a place called Churchill (Irish: Mín an Lábáin). This is Glebe House. It had been the home of the English-born artist Derek…
Donegal has lots of breathtaking scenery. I love the coast and the old white houses and a lot of my recent paintings have been concerned with depicting a more intimate impression of Donegal. I don’t like to get into a rut, and I will switch subject matter to…
Why do the details matter? I have always had a fascination for the ordinary details that are easily overlooked. I want to convey what a scene looked like at that moment. Here I explain the inspiration behind my recent painting, “Near Dunmore Strand”.
I love old Donegal houses. I enjoy the old-style aesthetic. In Donegal, houses were whitewashed and woodwork was painted red. You still see a few houses like this. Sometimes you might see one with a thatched roof. Usually, their thatch has been replaced with tiled roofs.
Gola is a Donegal island I painted and thought about long before I set foot on its shores. I have written about it before here. Last month I was fortunate to visit it.
My painting of the island of Inishbofin, off the coast of Donegal, Ireland. I get very attached to my Donegal island paintings. I’m not sure why. Maybe its because I get such pleasure at looking at those unmodernized houses. I like the length of the image too. Perhaps it because, so far, I have looked across the sea at them and had to reconstruct the landscape with care.
Family History of the Colls and the History of Gweedore in West Donegal.
Blog about my painting of a Donegal beach. As soon as I saw this place I knew I wanted to paint it. The granite rocks, or rather boulders, were scattered along the beach and in the sea. They were a beautiful pinkish colour close up.