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

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

Wimbledon Common

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I grew up near Wimbledon Common and spent a lot of time there over the years. It has a lot of variety for a common of that size: there are reputedly a million trees there, three lakes (Queensmere, Kingsmere and … Continue reading

Forest Reduced

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My mother has an incredible eye for things of value and quality, bought at bargain prices and her mode of artistic expression is the collection and arrangement of her found treasures.  When I was a child, my mother used to … Continue reading

Symphotrees

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I was once lucky enough to have had a symphony dedicated to me. I was absolutely taken aback and thrilled – how many people in their life time get to have that experience? When I knew it was to be … Continue reading

Canopy

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You know when spring is on it’s way when the spindly, skeletal trees start to have a green shimmer about their edges and you can almost sense the latent energy of the sap rising and the buds about to explode. … 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

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