New Painting no 31
Ink and Watercolours
On paper, 24 cm x 18 cm (9.5″ x 7″)
Price €70 (+ €8 Registered post to Ireland; €15 P&P to rest of world)
Have been wanting to do a picture of the Casino in this style for years. But it’s not every day I get to go anywhere near Marino. Until one cold day earlier in the year when I got to go out and play. Rain was forecast but the sun was holding it off as I got the Dart to Clontarf Road and cycled on up to Marino. If you’re wondering why I didn’t cycle all the way, my knees are not what they were – and I wanted to get there before the rain.
I knew the Casino was closed but I just wanted to look at the structure. In fact I do that a lot with buildings – I like looking at them and often never think of going inside so happy am I outside. Like for example every church in Genoa. What did you think of the art inside, I was asked? There’s an inside? Or the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur when they were the tallest building in the world. What was the view from them like, I was asked? Oh I didn’t go in, I just made my way to them and looked at them. Good buildings, I thought then went on my way.
And so it was with the Casino. You weren’t even allowed into the surrounding grounds because of the renovation work inside but the nice foreman gave me an escorted tour around the perimeter and showed me his favourite views. So I was able to do this picture, and one day I’ll go back and do a larger one.
If you’d like to buy this painting then shout at me publicly and/or privately and if you do so first then I’ll contact you privately to make arrangements – which will likely be by bank transfer or cash. If this little picture isn’t one you’d like to buy you could still help me by spreading word about it in all the usual ways. Open your window, stick your head out, and shout about it, even.