Tomorrow is the opening preview of my solo exhibition at Kilcock art gallery, if anyone would like to come along you would be most welcome. The exhibition has landscapes, wildlife and horses in oils and watercolour. the details are-
Kilcock art gallery
Kilcock, Co. Kildare
The exhibition runs until the end of October
Sometimes I am lucky to find a place that has an abundance of artistic inspiration for me and it's like finding a rich seam of gold. One such place is the stretch of the river Suir as it winds it's way into the village of Golden (near Cashel) and on to the ruins of Athassel Abbey. Several of the paintings in my forthcoming exhibition at Kilcock art gallery are from this beautiful area of the Country. In the early spring I painted the 'Willows by the Suir' on the approach to Golden. The river looked like burnished silver in the morning light as it broke through the clouds. I tried to capture the fresh delicate green of the grass and the golden flush of new leaves on the willows.
In High summer I painted the weir further down stream from golden village. The river is broad here and reflective as it slows before the weir. Wildlife abounds along the river banks, I saw kingfishers, dragon & damsel flies and much more.
In early autumn when the trees were just getting some colour I painted by Athassel abbey. I painted the river from the shallows of a ford (wading out in bare feet to sketch and take photo's). The river banks and bed is quite sandy here and of a lovely warm reddish colour and lends an autumnal warmth to the whole scene.
I also painted a small painting of the path by the abbey, despite it's ruined state the abbey has a wonderful feeling of history and made me think of all the other feet that might have trod that same path.
In winter when there are no leaves on the trees you can see the old Athassel church in Golden from across the river. There is a beautiful old tree in the field and cattle grazing in the winter sun, a simple yet beautiful scene such as we might pass every day in our busy lives sometimes forgetting how special it really is.
The date of my exhibition called 'Scattered with light' is getting closer. I got the title from a poem by Robert Bridges. I think he also loved nature and the line 'Awake!, the land is scattered with light' conjures up a simple yet beautiful sense of wonder about the natural world.
In the exhibition as you can see if you watch the slide show on this site or go to the gallery's new website www.kilcockartgallery.ie, I have oil paintings of wildlife, landscape and horses from the countryside around my home in county Tipperary and other places in Ireland that I have visited over the last three years such as County Wicklow, Kerry,Laois and Cork.
The internet is a great way to showcase your paintings and too keep in touch with people who like your work, but nothing can replace actually seeing the paintings hung in a good, friendly gallery like Kilcock. I hope anyone who is interested will try and get to see them if not at the preview reception on September the 30th 3-5:30, then sometime after as the exhibition runs until the end of October. But why not come along on the preview and enjoy a glass of wine and good company while you look at the paintings! There's no pressure to buy so every one is welcome. If anyone would like an invitation card sent just contact me via the contact page or the gallery (you don't need an invitation to come but they are nice to have).
As well as my oil paintings there will be some of my watercolour studies of birds and oil sketches of horses.
A big thank you to everyone who has helped me in putting this exhibition together from those who let me walk on there land or photograph/sketch their animals to Breda at the Gallery for all her support and guidance.
Sarah Corner, Artist