oarsman

people and the riverscape along the lagan and on this island ...

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Time to clean up I guess ...... “A priest explained
how clever it was of Giotto
to make his frescoes tell stories
that would reveal to the illiterate the goodness
of God and the suffering
of His Son. I understood
the explanation and
the cleverness.” - Norman MacCaig

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Rain - detail ... oil on canvas 20” x 20” Today is a good day.... Seamus Heaney texted his wife hours before his death “do not be afraid...” the strength in those four words is staggering

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I have walked this road so many times, a lifetime, I can even here, hear the noises of the people in those houses, and that feeling of wanting the sun to burn the mist off so that I can see my mountains ..... Craobh oil on canvas 36” x 36”. Exhibition Wednesday 28 February from 6:00pm at Canvas, 76 Stranmillis Road, Belfast.

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Corryvreckan 2 ... oil on board...12”x24” 60 miles from the mouth of the Lagan, between Jura and Scarba is a narrow strait Coire Bhreacain. As I painted this my mind drifted to my great grandfather and his four brothers, all of them highlanders and all had survived the charnel house of Flanders, did they listen like me to the roar of Corryvreckan, I wish I knew, I wish I could ask them...

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More work on this one

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The Lagan River at Garmoyle in Belfast Lough, limited edition print 800mm x 800mm in its new home in the meeting room @loftspace_coworking fantastic location.

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next stage ...

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Detail from a new start ... ... Oil on canvas ... listening to wardruna : “Cattle die, kindred die,
Every man is mortal:
But the good name never dies
Of one who has done well” -
Havamal trying to think of those who have moved through the landscape #laganoarsman #irishart #holywood #blackcanvasgallery #normanmaccaig #landscape #oilpainting #ireland #riverlagan #havamal #scotland #clancampbell #wardruna #painting #hobnailboots

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Home 2 ... oil on canvas 20” x 20” added another glaze to this one, still thinking about what home means to me ... Norman MacCaig “Everything’s different now from what everything was. Good But I like it too when I look at a thing I’ve known for years, like a landscape, and you think they’re just the same, they haven’t changed a bit.” #laganoarsman #riverlagan #irishart #seascapes #belfast #visitbelfast #oilpainting #canvasgalleries #blackcanvasgallery #normanmaccaig #tired

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Scottish sketch book ... “High Pressure”... pencil on paper, I was always told when I was little, smoke goes straight up when there is a high pressure, I don’t know if that’s true but I’ve always remembered it. If this sketch was a whisky it’s a Laphroaig. "What George Mackay Brown saw was a drinking deer
That glittered by the water. The human soul
In mosaic. Wet celandine and ivy.
Allegory hard as a figured shield
Smithied in Orkney for Christ's sake and Crusades,
Polished until its undersurface surfaced
Like peat smoke mulling through Byzantium" (Seamus Heaney: Electric Light, March 2001) #laganoarsman #scotland #irishart #pencildrawing #westernisles #seamusheaney #laphroaig

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Corryvreckan 1 ... oil on board...12”x24” 60 miles from the mouth of the Lagan, between Jura and Scarba is a narrow strait Coire Bhreacain "cauldron of the plaid” the worlds third largest whirlpool and greatest of the storm kelpies, the Romans wrote about it, the Norse sagas talk of it ... go, find a boatman and pass through... #laganoarsman #irishart #westernisles #blackcanvasgallery #normanmaccaig #landscape #oilpainting #ireland #riverlagan #havamal #scotland #clancampbell #canvasgalleries #visitbelfast

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Wee Moss... Oil sketch on canvas 19” x 19” ... stumbled across this: “Cattle die, kindred die,
Every man is mortal:
But the good name never dies
Of one who has done well” -
Havamal trying to think of those who have already moved through this landscape #laganoarsman #irishart #holywood #blackcanvasgallery #normanmaccaig #landscape #oilpainting #ireland #riverlagan #havamal #scotland #clancampbell #wardruna

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two thousand highlanders died here at Cùil Lodair what wonder the grass is green ... their descendants didn’t do much better ... “To men trampled under the hoofs of sheep and driven by deer to the ends of the earth - to men whose loyalty was so great it accepted their own betrayal by their own chiefs ” - Norman MacCaig
#laganoarsman #irishart #holywood #blackcanvasgallery #normanmaccaig #landscape #oilpainting #ireland #riverlagan #culloden #scotland #clancampbell #jamiefraser #aonghasmacneaceil

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“We followed you, Prince, to this ocean of flatness and bullets” - Aonghas MacNeacail ... if you’ve never visited Cùil Lodair go when it’s quiet and cold, stand among the grave markers, imagine and remember ... #riverlagan #culloden #scotland #clancampbell #jamiefraser #aonghasmacneaceil

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Hillsborough, Co Down, birthplace of America ... just shows you what happens when talking fails. The 1st Marquess of Hillsborough was Secretary of State for the Colonies during the American independence struggle, and Hillsborough was visited by Benjamin Franklin in January 1772. They disliked each other ... the talks failed ... the rest is history. #riverlagan #america #history #ireland #visitbelfast

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saw this in belfast ... guess where ... not sure if it’s the best resolution for a New Year #riverlagan #visitbelfast #newyearresolution #love #hotwhiskey

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more work on this one .... oil on canvas 31” x 39” #riverlagan #irishart #landscapepainting #visitbelfast #instagood #love #happy

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belfast even has art on the drainpipes... you should be here #riverlagan #dispora #visitbelfast #tattoo #spaniardbar #irishart

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some Christmas decorations are always gonna be the best no matter how old they are - special little hands and little footprint. I wonder if the other eye is still in the box ?? .... #snowflakeandrobin #laganoarsman #riverlagan #christmasdecorations #rudolph #santaclaus @snowflakeandrobin

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sometimes you just need more space ... “The sacred Three To save, To shield, To surround The hearth, The house, The household This eve, This night, Oh! This eve, This night, And every night, Each single night. Amen” ... Translated from the Gaelic by Alexander Carmichael #laganoarsman #riverlagan #space #grey #architecture #smallspaces #irishart #dispora #cold #oilpainting #landscapepainting

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Untitled ... mixed media 12 x 12 working through the ideas of home and return #laganoarsman #riverlagan #visitbelfast #scotland #dispora

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Home 2 (detail) ... oil on canvas 20 x 20 the journey along belfast lough is always emotional ... on one hand a return to home on another an ending not just of place but of people. Norman MacCaig “Everything’s different now from what everything was. Good But I like it too when I look at a thing I’ve known for years, like a landscape, and you think they’re just the same, they haven’t changed a bit.” #laganoarsman #riverlagan #irishart #seascapes #belfast #visitbelfast #oilpainting #canvasgallery #blackcanvasgallery #normanmaccaig #tired

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Fabulous framing at Canvas Galleries in Stranmillis, Belfast ... #laganoarsman #riverlagan #canvasgalleries #blackcanvasgallery #framing #belfast #visitbelfast #irishart #oilpainting http://canvasgalleries.com/andrew-gault

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Belfast Lough 2... oil on canvas 10” x 12” is off to the Black Canvas Gallery in Holywood for their Christmas 200 exhibition. “It does not steal the night, it only unveils the beauty of the dark” - Isra al - Thibeth. #riverlagan #laganoarsman #canvasgalleries #blackcanvasgallery #belfast #irishart #dispora #normanmaccaig #belfastlough #holywood

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it’s great when you walk past a window and one of your paintings is in it ... thanks Canvas Galleries, Stranmillis, Belfast. ‘Bruges 1’ at night. 27 February 2015, I wanted to get lost in the rain to the north of the town and did - time to think soaked through and alone. #laganoarsman #riverlagan #irishart #landscape #oilpainting #canvasgalleries #pictureframes #brugge

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Scotland August 2017 ... marble sculpture beside a pool in the middle of the woods, in the middle of nothing don’t know who the sculptor is ... #laganoarsman #riverlagan #scotland #dispora #taynish #scultpure #woods

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