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behind this lone building was a back-drop of mountains, the weather was changing so rapidly as it does here in the West of Ireland, a bank of low clouds shrouded them, I took the ref photo quickly, a few minutes later the scene was gone.
35 x 45 cm / 14" x 18" oil on panel, framed and available via my web site
Old stone farm buildings near where I live, I really like the colour of their corrugated iron roofs (rooves) The doors taken off and replaced by more corrugated iron leaving the old doors propped up against the wall.
11" x 14" / 28 x 35.5 cm oil on panel, at the framers, available
A small brightly painted rowing boat is tied up on a placid lough Atorick in Co. Clare, Summer sunshine and puffy white clouds above and a myriad of wild flowers and grasses surround this lake that is largely isolated and unspoiled.
11" x 14" / 28 x 35.5 cm oil on panel, to be framed, available via my web-site
My daughter and I like to explore the area around where we live, here in Ireland, and on one of these walks we came across these interesting farm buildings. The days are short in the winter here, with the sun lowering in mid-afternoon, causing the long shadows on the grass and building. This was what drew me to paint this scene, along with the bright red doors and windows.
A local scene of rustic farm buildings in the late afternoon light. An old bedstead propped against a wall as an improvised gate and an old bike tyre leaning against the low wall all things that drew me to this subject matter. The roofs very often clad in corrugated iron, rusting to give added colour to the scene.
Just finished, another wintry landscape, along the same country road as the last painting, just a bit further along. Both buildings are abandoned and forlorn but are still picturesque on this cold and frosty morning. To the left, what looks like a dead tree is actually a telephone pole adorned with the remnants of dead ivy entwined around it. Ivy is everywhere here and finds many trees to encircle and grow up into.
There is a very pleasant walk not far from me, a narrow country lane almost a track in places, a few farmers and other people live along there but also at least 5 uninhabited houses and cottages that are slowly sliding into decay and this is one of them. I wonder who had lived here and why they left and let their property fall into a ruin. The interesting thing about this cottage is that it is semi-detached and the other half of the house is lived in and well cared for.
My last little lad in this short series, no more painting for now until I get back from the art festival in Wexford. Getting everything framed and ready to go, endless lists of things to take, how we will get it all in the car I don't know! Over 100 paintings and I'm not taking all!!
You might not recognize the prickly fellow on the right of the painting. No it's not a mini hedgehog! it's a horse chestnut casing found by my family in our local forest. Unfortunately edible chestnuts are not native to Ireland.