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Drombeg Fulacht Fiadh (West Cork)

New Painting no 28
Update: SOLD

“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) 

Portrait format. The bottom half is the stones and the top half is the farmland - a hill in the distance with a patchwork of green fields separated by hedgerows. The stones are all around a rectangular trough rendered so dark it's basically black, with stone slabs lining its sides, and all the other stones sort of  radiating out from it Some of the grass around it is worn away to dirt, presumably from visitors walking on it. A short distance past it is a dark green hedge and it is beyond that we see the farmland. In the top left there is a dip in the hill's horizon to give us a glimpse of the ocean. The sky is a flat rich blue.
Painting of Fulacht Fiadh at Drombeg

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.






One response to “Drombeg Fulacht Fiadh (West Cork)”

  1. Liam avatar

    UPDATE: This painting is now SOLD.

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