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I Had a Dream

I Had a Dream

At the end of October last I was in need of some serious recharging, my batteries were totally flat and I longed for some time off. As they say, the universe promptly delivered. A couple of projects that were in the pipeline didn’t materialize and so…

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On Red Island

On Red Island

News from Volcanoland. The photograph above is of a very large trunk of a living pine tree in the park near my house. There is a big gash in it and I don’t know what caused it, but it is very dramatic and every time…

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Of Shrines and Holy Wells – Lough Avalla

Of Shrines and Holy Wells – Lough Avalla

The small sign “HOLY WELL” is situated beside a gate just a few yards from the well itself and no other directions are to be found in the area. I stumbled on it a few years ago when I was out walking with friends but…

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The Volcano Lover

The Volcano Lover

Stories from Volcanoland I can’t recall when my love for volcanoes started but I clearly remember my first visit to Mount Etna in Sicily. There had been an eruption a couple of months earlier which I had followed on television. I had been mesmerized by…

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Searching for Gems

Searching for Gems

What I like most about my job is to watch people creating during workshops. First the people gather, children or adults, and choose a place to work from, then I introduce the theme of the day with the aid of visual displays and then I…

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Of Shrines and Holy Wells – R476

Of Shrines and Holy Wells – R476

  My fascination with Irish holy wells continues. I guess that I am strongly attracted by them because they are often situated in special places, are generally not sign posted and therefore very elusive even when found along busy roads, like the one photographed above….

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The Guiding Principle

The Guiding Principle

Slowly but surely I am working on a new book. After publishing IRIA a year and a half ago I am now following a new character, a fiery woman who travels to volcanic islands of the South guided by strong memories of a previous voyage….

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Picnic at Áras an Uachtaráin

Picnic at Áras an Uachtaráin

As I write the inauguration ceremony for president elect, Michael D. Higgins is taking place and I thought this opportunity for formally thanking this country , Ireland, for the generous hospitality that I have received in all these years. It is about time I did…

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In Raffaello’s Footsteps

In Raffaello’s Footsteps

Art to Heart’s next summer course will take place in Raffaello’s land, the beautiful Pesaro province in the Marche region. The art programme will be inspired by a gentle landscape of rolling hills dotted with medieval walled villages, rock castles and the magnificent  Renaissance town…

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Of Shrines and Holy Wells – R460

Of Shrines and Holy Wells – R460

I have taken a break from painting Madonnas (see ‘Diary of a Pilgrimage’ posted on March 28th) but they have not stopped appearing to me, in fact new images are coming in under many disguises and in the most unlikely places. I know that they…

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