Monday, July 16, 2012

Mullaghmore, Co Clare

 "Mullaghmore", The Burren, Co Clare.  Oil on Canvas.  Patricia Kavanagh

"O wild pulse of beauty and famed ancient rooms!
Where the cranesbill and sandworth and spring gentian blooms
And the whitethroat and wheatear their migrant song bear

And the pocaire gaoithe is king of the air.
In the years when I laboured neath an alien sky,
Like a lover your absence brought tears to my eyes.

When the lowered sky and people and walls fenced me in,

The breath of your spirit released me again.
And fond thoughts bridged my mountain in The Burren so fair
And I breathed again in your sweet and fragrant air.

I bathed in silence, your wildness embraced

And felt your spirit seep through me in your holy place.
But of late I've been wakened from a turbulent sleep
As the roar of the diggers did trundle and creep

O'er your rare rugged beauty and ancient retreat,

Erasing the Songlines of our ancestors' feet.
And a gentle voice whispered, "Don't enslave what is free
And do not lay claim to the rock, the hill or the sea.

Let love, care and reason be your guiding hand 

For lonely is the stranger in his own land."
Oh heed the cry of the mountain; fear Gaia's deep wrath.
Do not package our soul and parade it in cloth.

Let our children interpret their world from within

As they tread o'er your wild open spaces again.
And let them go to their mountain in The Burren so fair.
Let them breathe once again in your sweet and your fragrant air.

Let them bathe in your silence and your wildness embrace

And feel your spirit seep through them in your holy place".
A poem by Tim Dennehy


Saturday, March 31, 2012

Blooming Beauties

'Hibiscus'  Oil on Canvas  Patricia Kavanagh

"Ungrateful he who plucked thee from thy stalk,
Poor faded flow'ret! On his careless way
Inhal'd awhile thy odours on his walk,
Then onward pass'd and left thee to decay".

From 'The Faded Flower' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

'Flowers of the Burren'  Oil on Canvas  Patricia Kavanagh

'Fuchsia'  Oil on Canvas  Patricia Kavanagh

'Poppies'  Oil on Canvas  Patricia Kavanagh

'Wild Flowers'  Oil on Board  Patricia Kavanagh

'Sweet Pea in the Patio'  Oil on Canvas  Patricia Kavanagh

Cooking Dinner

'Onion'  Watercolour on Paper  Patricia Kavanagh

"There is in every cook's opinion,
No savoury dish without an onion;
But lest your kissing should be spoil'd,
The onion must be thoroughly boil'd"!

From 'Onions' by Jonathan Swift

'Pepper'  Watercolour on Paper  Patricia Kavanagh

'Bay Leaves'  Watercolour on Paper  Patricia Kavanagh

'Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper Mills'  Brush, Pen and Ink  Patricia Kavanagh

'Weighing Scales, Rolling Pin, Mixing Bowl'  Brush, Pen and Ink  Patricia Kavanagh

'Salt and Spoon'  Brush, Pen and Ink  Patricia Kavanagh

'Salt Shaker'  Oil on Paper  Patricia Kavanagh

Looking at Hopper

'Second Storey Sunlight' after Edward Hopper   Pencil on Paper   Patricia Kavanagh

'Second Storey Sunlight' after Edward Hopper  Brush, Pen and Ink   Patricia Kavanagh

'Second Storey Sunlight' after Edward Hopper  Oil on Paper   Patricia Kavanagh

"Edward Hopper, the best-known American realist of the inter-war period once said: 
"The man's the work.  Something doesn't come out of nothing".
This offers a clue to interpreting the work of an artist who was not only intensely private, but who made solitude and introspection important themes in his paintings".

I love how Hopper captured the light and shade in his paintings!
This is my little attempt to copy his work!