I love painting Rosbeg. It’s a place I often go, to get renewed inspiration. It’s very easy to get bogged down working away in the studio, especially in an isolated area, and I am very lucky to have somewhere like Rosbeg on the doorstep to get me back on track. I think I’ve found the freedom I was looking for in this one.
I sometimes go out to Doohill Bog near Ardara to paint on the spot and this is where I recently painted “A Donegal Bog Road”. After the long dark days of Winter it’s great to be able to paint outside. There is something so peaceful about the boglands, the stillness and the colours of the heather that never fails to inspire me. I am transported back to Summer holidays, as a boy, when we went to the bog with my grandfather on a donkey and cart.
I haven’t posted in a while but I have been working away in my studio and in the last month or so I’m out and about looking for inspiration around my local area in Ardara. I’ve spent a good bit of time out sketching and then taking the sketches back to the studio and finishing them up in a less detailed manner but, I think, with more vigour.
I finished this painting of Narin Strand today. One of the most beautiful beaches on the Wild Atlantic Way, it’s a lovely place to paint.
The latest limited edition added to our range in the Studio Gallery. This painting depicted the famous Ardara fiddler, John “the Tae” Gallagher, playing in his own kitchen. An all-Ireland champion fiddle player and a modest man, John was a great inspiration to the young musicians in the area and is a great miss to Ardara. His late wife, Annie, and himself always had a big welcome for me whenever I called in to see them and I always left them with my inspiration renewed.
Limited Edition Prints of this painting now available on the website
Well things have changed dramatically since my last post – this is not our normal easygoing Jan/Feb because ……
in the Stephen Bennett Studio Gallery, 2015 has been designated “The Year of the BIG TIDY UP”.
The searching and sorting has begun…
and a Weekend Sale is being planned sometime in the Spring, Continue reading
I have been talking about starting a blog for a long time now so when better than the start of a new year. I’m not a big writer but I hope to post now and again to keep you all up to date with what I’m working on and what’s Continue reading