So this painting (inspired by my time at the retreat in Kerry), is winging it's way to New York, where I drew my first breath many years ago. Hopefully it will still be on display there long after I draw my last.........'Like footprints in the sand....we leave our mark upon the earth'
One of my favourite painters Joaquin Sorolla lived in Madrid and was an absolut egenius when it came to depicting light and shade. His house is now a museum where many of his paintings are on display. If ever in Madrid you really should visit this magical building and garden which were designed by the artist himself. He was far from being a penniless artist and filled the place with treasures and art.
This was the scene from my front door at Cill Railiag Art Retreat the other evening. I am so lucky to have a week here with nothing to do but paint if I so wish. The landscape is too beautiful to ignore though, as it is part of the whole experience of this historical site so I spend my time between the Kerry outdoors and my spacious and bright studio/cottage. Somebody up there likes me!
I will be exhibiting some new paintings alongside the work of 19 other local artists at The Schoolhouse Gallery's Annual Group Exhibition in Enniskerry next weekend.
From 7 to 9 pm on Friday 9th and from 12 to 5 pm on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th. Hope you can drop by to see the new pieces and sample the atmosphere in the revamped gallery.
Some days are good...some not so good...and sometimes a good thing comes to you when you really need it, and believe me...I needed it! This was an email today.......Dear Tom, The Board of Directors are delighted to award you a residency at the Cill Rialaig Retreat. You will be assigned your own cottage for seven days, which has a studio/living space with a small kitchen area, a shower room, sleeping loft with a double bed and electric storage heating.
The studio retreats are located in the restored ruins of the pre-famine village, Cill Rialaig, in a wild and remote landscape situated on the very edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Seven studios are occupied by artists and writers, and an eighth cottage, Tigh an Comhrá (Gaelic for “house of conversation”) or Meeting House offers a place for residents to gather or enjoy a rich library.
And it's free of charge. Can't wait for February!