Conor on the Pier

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Happy Birthday, Conor! Here’s to more magical stories at the end of the pier back at Annaghmakerrig one day! Advertisements

Weeping Willows

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I love it when inspiration comes from an unexpected place. I had been walking around the lake in Battersea Park and there are one or two lovely willows there. So they were in my consciousness, but I wasn’t intending to … Continue reading

But-a-fly Quartet

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昔者莊周夢為蝴蝶,栩栩然蝴蝶也,自喻適志與,不知周也。俄然覺,則蘧蘧然周也。不知周之夢為蝴蝶與,蝴蝶之夢為周與?周與蝴蝶則必有分矣。此之謂物化。 Once Zhuangzi dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn’t know he was Zhuangzi. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Zhuangzi. … Continue reading

Plane Sunset

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When you see it in a painting, static, a sunset could just as easily be a sunrise. The gentleman who bought this painting told me he wanted it because it reminded him of his old job. He had once been … Continue reading

But-a-fly II

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I don’t venture into the realm of the abstract often enough and when I do, the source is fairly self-explanatory. I adore butterflies. So delicate and vulnerable and pretty. Until you see them up close. Then they become wonderful, dangerous, … Continue reading

Out of the Woods

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It’s no secret, I love trees and I love silhouettes. Hardly a surprise that the two should collide like this in my work. I also love the opportunity of using non-naturalistic colour palettes. There’s something about this particular range that … Continue reading

Helen’s Highlands

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I used to work in the Sterile Services Department of a hospital. One of my favourite people there was Sister Helen Calkin who specialised in Orthopaedics. She was also a keen photographer and she loved going on Motor-biking tours with … Continue reading

Chelsea Wharf

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There is something about sunsets that can make even a city look glorious. The colour concentrates in the sky and for a few intense moments the cityscape is thrown into silhouette. Just add water and the effect is doubled. This … Continue reading