Sunday, February 24, 2013

Waterlilies

'Waterlilies'  Oil on Board  Patricia Kavanagh

"If you have forgotten waterlilies floating
On a dark lake among mountains in the afternoon shade,
If you have forgotten their wet sleepy fragrance,
Then you can return and not be afraid.

But if you remember, then turn away forever
To the plains and the prairies where pools are far apart,
There you will not come at dusk on closing waterlilies
And the shadow of mountains will not fall on your heart.

by Sarah Teasdale

Blackrock, Salthill, Galway

'Blackrock, Salthill, Galway'  Oil on Canvas  Patricia Kavanagh

This painting is dear to my heart because I grew up just a short walk from here.  We played here as children every day during summer holidays.  My father, who spent his youth diving and swimming here was presented with an award by the Carnegie Trust for saving human life on 29th September 1942.  His name appears in the 'Book of Heros' in the Carnegie Trust Museum.

The painting was sold to a woman whose father had recently passed away.  This was his favourite place in the world.  She used the image of this painting on his memorial card and she included these beautiful words: 

"The blessings of a poor old man
Be with you night and day
The blessings of a poor old man 
Whose heart will soon be clay
Tis all the heaven I ask of God
Upon my dying day
My soul to soar, forevermore
Above you Galway Bay"

'International Dawn Chorus Day' Ballyvaughan, Co Clare

What a really lovely experience!

Some friends and I decided to go on the 'Dawn Chorus' walk in Ballyvaughan in 2012.  I had to get up at 5:00 a.m. to be in Ballyvaughan at 6:45.  I listened to the special 'International Dawn Chorus' programme on radio on my way to Ballyvaughan.  It was fascinating to hear reports coming in from all over the world with a recording of their birds at dawn.  Our group met up at the supermarket in the village.  We were pleasantly surprised when they served us tea, coffee and hot croissants before the walk.    The group of about 50 people was lead by Gordon D'arcy.  He patiently identified every birdsong along the route which took us up by Lough Rasc.  We were blessed to have a dry sunny morning.  A well earned breakfast of scrambled eggs, smoked salmon and champagne was served at Logue's  restaurant on our return to Ballyvaughan.  Can't wait to do it again this year!

Sunrise

Lough Rasc


Burren in Bloom

'Burren in Bloom'  Oil on Canvas  Patricia Kavanagh

I was invited to exhibit in the 'Burren in Bloom' exhibition in the Russell Gallery in May 2012.  The exhibition is one of the events held as part of the festival of the same name.  I was honoured when the Gallery chose this painting to promote the exhibition!

'Mullaghmore, The Burren, Co Clare'  Oil On Canvas  Patricia Kavanagh

'Lough Murri, Flaggy Shore, The Burren, Co Clare'  Oil on Canvas  Patricia Kavanagh



Friday, February 22, 2013

Dharavi

'Bright Colours of Dharavi'  Acrylic on Board  Patricia Kavanagh

'Festival Time'  Acrylic on Board  Patricia Kavanagh

"Let us rejoice that we are poor
And have no gold to keep;
We do not need to bar the door
Ere we can go to sleep".

                                    -Robert Leighton

I painted these after reading an article in National Geographic on Dharavi Slums in Mumbai.  They are some of my few acrylic paintings.  Somehow I think acrylic worked better for these paintings than oils.