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.
Sarah Corner, Artist