It’s incredibly remote, wild, wet and windy. But I am cosy in my cottage studio with a roaring fire in the stove and mugs of tea constantly on the go.
There are lovely friendly artists staying in the other cottages, so far I’ve made two new friends.
I will post some images of work in progress once I get properly started. Lots of painting ideas and maybe a few poems to write too.
I’m booked into the wonderful artist retreat (cottage 5 again woohoo) at CillRialaig in County Kerry for 8th January for two weeks. It will take me two days getting there on public transport, and I need to ship most of my materials in advance. I wish I found the planning stage easier, but once I’m there I’ll be there
does the swallow
her long flight
the night before
is the bear
aware of tomorrow
as she wakes
my brain leaps
online booking apps
websites for overnights
of getting there
but once there
I’ll be there
with all of me
I can only
This is me at Hambly and Hambly gallery with my painting ‘Fermanagh Days’
This is my submission piece for the John Richardson French Residency Award 2021
The decision of the judges will be announced this evening.
I am so thrilled to be on the shortlist of 40 finalists for the award of a 10 day residency in France in April 2022
I wish all the shortlisted artists the very best of luck 🍀 There are 3 places available, and the winning artists will be hosted by Ciara and Nick Hambly and mentored by the Aosdana artist Eamon Colman
I’ll let you know 🤞🍀
PS. Not me! Congratulations to painters Katarzyna Gajewska and Gary Robinson 🙌
And Musician Clara Marie
As we wind down to the end of this year I am starting to review my works, and think about shows and placements for next year
These two in the image above were part of a large series of about 20 paintings, still ongoing, called ‘Who’s Watching’
It’s still possible that some of them might end up in Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York, as it was Mark of Mark Borghi Fine Art who encouraged me to make these large paintings, and had originally asked for them for his gallery for March this year, but with the ongoing difficulties with the Covid pandemic, that still hasn’t happened
They might go to Hambly&Hambly for a solo show in 2022, but again, I haven’t got dates for that either.
I have an art residency at CillRialaig in County Kerry starting on 8th January and another residency at Tyrone Guthrie in County Monaghan in June
5 paintings on 16×12” Arches
These are all paintings I made on my residency at CillRialaig in County Kerry last year
And I am delighted to have just been invited for another residency there next month
The 5 paintings shown here are all available. Just send me a message in the comments or email me at email@example.com and I will send you prices and shipping details. Thanks
(from my painting residency at Stiwdio Maelor in Wales, when Huib Fens was on a writers residency)
A great 3 weeks at Stiwdio Maelor
If you are interested in having some time there yourself for your art (including writing) you can email for an application form to firstname.lastname@example.org
The 5 paintings in the top image are all also available through the same email. Funds from any sale of donated works goes both towards the ongoing costs of the residency programme and helps to fund the artist’s next residency!
The other image is of a 65cm painting on canvas that I completed on the residency which is on its way to @greenfusegallery in Westport, County Mayo, Ireland for their next show opening mid November