New Painting no 28
“Drombeg Fulacht Fiadh” (County Cork)
On canvas, 24 cm x 30 cm (9.5 in x 12 in)
Price €260 (+ €13 Registered post to Ireland; €20 Express Post to rest of world)
Drombeg in West Cork is famous for its stone circle, possibly the most visited stone circle in Ireland. It’s kind of small though, as stone circles go. Anyway, while I did do a sketch of the circle – which is in a sketchbook somewhere – it was the fulacht fiadh I was really taken with.
You’re talking prehistoric cooking site, with a stone trough and hearth and a well. Our National Monuments Service (because Drombeg is one) reckons that experiments have shown that in about 18 minutes, 70 gallons (318 litres) of cold water could be brought to the boil in this way. Which is more than our kettle. In would go the meat then with the water staying hot enough for 3 hours.
But anyway, much as I like cooking, you know I love stones. Plus, they’re stones that have been arranged into things. And, look – farmland, fields, and – if you look really close – the Atlantic Ocean. The shapes of the stones and the fields, together with history of the place – that’s why I painted this.
If you’d like to buy this painting just shout that you would before anyone else and I’ll then contact you to make arrangements – payment will be by bank transfer or cash probably.Meanwhile if it’s still available you could help me by telling people who like this West Cork (that’s a lot of people), or stones, or holes in the ground, and that sort of thing.