A little inspired by Conor Walton’s painting ‘Barbarians at the Gate’, Author Douglas Murray and recent riots in France, this image popped into my head of the downfall of the current empire of the West. It has the feel of the blind ignorant mob coming to tear down the existing hierarchy. Tearing things down can be good….like a a snake shedding its skin…. or bad like when the last animal of a species goes extinct.
The first study of 13 I painted on my recent trip to Kerry. There was plenty of rainshowers. Bizarrely, I cut open my pinky finger on a palette knife quite badly . Thanks to Molly in Cashel for fixing up my gross finger.
While I was painting a nice gentleman stopped his van and offerred me a spare coat he had. Little did he know I had several pairs of longjohns on underneath my chic turtleneck so I declined. But he told me this was Breda’s house that I was painting.