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    July 2012

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    Down the Road to Ballinskelligs
    kerry sky

    It is high summer, July 2012, and the ditches in south Kerry are a mass of colour. The foxgloves are nearly over, but orange montbretia is coming into flower, clashing with great clumps of crimson fuchsia. There’s honeysuckle climbing through purple heather, creamy meadowsweet and blue sheep’s bit. Wild roses and brambles laden with blossom scramble through the ferns.

    It may be a lousy summer in terms of sunshine, but the upside is the amazing lushness of the countryside. Visitors to the gallery remark on the abundance of plants that they associate with hanging baskets, growing wild here.

    My next painting will be one of montbretia, fuchsia and red hot pokers on Valentia Island, with the dark blue sea in the background.