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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happy winter solstice
happy Christmas
happy holiday

be safe and well
wishing all my friends and followers, visitors and viewers, and all of you out there in all the distant reaches of this beautiful world, a peaceful 2015

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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