Friday, 31 October 2014

Octobering




October is leaving with a smile (sun shining) and a hug (warm breezes). So mild the window is open. No need to have the radio on with sounds coming through the window from outside; wind rattling leaves, a neighbour over the wall raking his garden. They are in tune with my paintbrush rattling in a jar of water.

Happy last day of October - thank you for your colours and fruits and berries and your leaves that accompanied me everywhere - swirling down into my hair, crunching underfoot, sticking to tyres, whooshing in the door.

PS. Above: a painting that hopefully soon will be available as a print.
PPS. More Octobering 

Friday, 3 October 2014

Animation Art Show


   
Above: my submission, "We're always connected by underground wires", for this years Animation Art Show . Happening 17-19th October in the Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin. Lots of art to be auctioned and all the proceeds going to two children's charities.





Also: some music for a rainy Friday evening :)
Time to clean my paint palette and brushes and empty the jar of water.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Three islands and Summery Autumn



These September days holding onto Summer's warmth a bit. In the daytime anyway. Sunny walks and outdoor cups of tea, decorated with many colours now; dots of orange and red berries,  yellow leaf speckles underfoot, trees brushed with rust and gold. In the evening though, Autumn is at the door, the light retiring sooner and chill, smoky scents in the air.

Above: 
Three islands. One with an ancient ring fort edging a 100 metre high cliff, the one in the middle with the smallest population, and the smallest one with a lighthouse and a dolphin visitor. Boats instead of buses - stay on til the last stop!

Saturday, 13 September 2014

September sunsets and supermoons


Reaching the coast in Dublin, just in time to see the super-full-harvest moon rise over the horizon line in the east.


Turning around to face west, the sky on fire.


September sunset dips behind the horizon so quickly. Impossible to catch the exact moment.


The view in that glass tower! East, west, north and south all at once. I wouldn't know where to look.


Sky fire, bleeding into the sea.


The scent of the sea. The scent of an Autumn night. Cooler air beginning to nip at fingers.


Light departing to let the earth be one with night.


More and more lights glimmering. Time to go home. After the first hot chocolate of the season to warm cold fingers.

Monday, 8 September 2014

September. Meán Fómhair. Septiembre. Syyskuu. Septiyembre.




I never knew there was a hidden army of knitters and knit-lovers all around the world. I am not very good at knitting but with my brush and paints I can "knit" without following a pattern! I got many enquiries about this painting which was a gift for and inspired by a lovely Norwegian knitter. So I painted another one. Hopefully it will be for sale, as a print, soon in a little on-line shop, which I am building piece by piece - like the knitters who build stitch by stitch.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Getting late earlier.



These days the evenings are getting late earlier. The light and the warmth becoming more precious. Breakfasts sitting outside becoming fewer - the dew and the shadows resting longer and reaching further.

Quieter evenings too. Birds saying goodnight and going to sleep in the darker trees earlier (maybe I should do the same). At least two layers of long sleeves for walks now. Imperceptibly, yellow and brown hints appearing on trees. Inaudibly too, but then a breeze and they are more rustle-y than a week ago.

Above: a lighthouse, a dolphin, and a landscape like a green patchwork blanket. Painting Aran Islands in June on an August afternoon in Dublin.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Exposed and yet enclosed.

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No mountains, no woods on Inisheer island. Very few trees. Hardly any shelter. To be so exposed to the weather blowing in from the Atlantic. Everywhere, all around, tiny, stone-wall enclosed fields. Grey-bordered green patchwork with white spatters (daisies).

PS. More island photos on Instagram