Philip Brennan's Clare - Unique Images Of The Artist's Native County Clare
PHILIP BRENNAN’S CLARE
This book was published in November 2002. It was compiled over the previous three years and is mainly illustrated in watercolours and pastels, with the addition of some acrylics and inks, 73 pictures in all. About two-thirds of the pictures are recently painted, the remainder reflect work done up to fifteen years ago. The art work is accompanied by text, poems and songs that expand on the themes in the pictures.
In the paintings, I tried to cover as much of the county as possible. Combining this approach with my many fascinations, the book turned out to be a meascan, or mixture, of widely-differing themes. So there are pictures and stories about the sea, storms and gales, fossilised forests, battles, rare and common birds, ring forts, islands, trees, bogs, helicopters, boats and fishermen, saints, exotic plants, hurling, ancient burial mounds, churches and their builders, snow, standing stones, high crosses, the West Clare Railway, hurley making, limekilns, pike, stone circles, threshing corn, the Burren, fossils, stone carvings, a deserted village, sun worship, lakes, swans, bridges, a fairy bush, a mass rock, songs and poems about wild places and The Wren on St. Stephen’s Day, Normans and Vikings, frosty mornings, wells…..and more! A small sample of County Clare!
Apart from the satisfaction when some of the paintings went particularly well, I greatly enjoyed the field sketching and the wandering around as I searched for places or stories. I’m afraid the book barely scratches the surface of what is possible and I may be trying for the rest of my life to try to capture it all.
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