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!

The Lake at Annaghmakerrig

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So the theme for this week seems to have become trees and yet again, I return to that favourite haunt of mine, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig and the treasured days of creativity spent there. This painting, like all … Continue reading

Spirit of the Lake, Annaghmakerrig

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Annaghmakerrig is a magical place that I was given the gift of being introduced to by a very dear friend. It is a treat to sit by the quiet lake and enjoy a real sense of peace. As evening falls … Continue reading

Queensmere

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If you walk due west of the Windmill on Wimbledon Common, down the wooded incline, you’ll stumble upon a sizeable lake, Queensmere. It’s quite deep and weedy. As a child, I was always warned against swimming there with tales of … Continue reading

Yacht on the Lough

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I was in Northern Ireland in September 2010 and found myself unexpectedly in a heatwave. We decided to go for a walk to make the most of the uncharactaristic, searing sunshine. The shade of the trees was delicious in the … Continue reading

The Reed Beds at Annaghmakerrig

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I followed the Piper to where the reeds were, I listened to his songs and wrote my own. But William Blake tells it better. The Reeds of Innocence. Piping down the valleys wild, Piping songs of pleasant glee, On a … Continue reading

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

From the Pier at Annaghmakerrig

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Annaghmakerrig inspired so many pieces from me. The experience of sitting by the lake at midnight was bewitchingly romantic and mystical. One starts to see in a different way. One would think that the darkness of the night would leave … Continue reading

Across the Lake

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I had a pretty amazing start to 2006. I stayed at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at New Bliss between Christmas and New Year and had the most incredible few days of inspiration at this magical place. Creative work in the … Continue reading

The Lake at Burnham Beeches

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“Painting is a companion with whom one may hope to walk a great part of life’s journey.”… “Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end, … Continue reading