mid winter pause for painting

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29th of December and another batch of family visitors head homewards. Husband and 2nd daughter, 2nd daughters puppy, Holly collie, and our 2 dogs head off to walk to the top of snowy Errigal, leaving me to grasp the moment in my studio

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a detail of texture

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and my shoes!

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progress with paint and asking the obvious questions

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Monolithic, powerful, virile?
How were the standing stones viewed 5k years ago?
What was their symbolism?

I am intrigued by how the walls were built and if and how the stones were cut
I am fascinated by the field patterns of miles of parrallel walls still repeated today
Fanning out inwards from the coastal cliffs of Mayo

I am bowled over by the intricate plans and scale drawings, in red, made by the archeologists of Ceide Fields
More questions than answers, my personal response has to be with paint

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More paint layers this morning, powder pigment, solvent, scraping, rolling;
not done yet though

emerging

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Some more texture and colour layers on the two new panels
each 110cm x 80cm

Very wild and windy today, had to keep leaving the srudio because the stove was smoking

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Starting to bring out the shapes with small lines and dribbles and scratches revealed wirh orange peel solvent

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Detail close up shots, one from each panel