‘Waiting’ is a miniature acrylic painting of ‘Waiting on the Shore’ situated in Rosses Point, Co. Sligo. The bronze statue created by Niall Bruton commemorates the Shipwrecked off the shore. In this free flowing piece, I thought I’d paint with a small knife and thicker paint. So I didn’t really want it to be too detailed. I also wanted to highlight the sun touching the sculpture and parts of the mountain, to lift the contrast.
Here, the girl is standing windswept. Her arms are outstretched towards the Atlantic Ocean awaiting her kin to return from fishing. This sculpture is a wonderful and heartfelt tribute to all the men who have lost their lives at sea. Not only to them, but to their anxious women who awaited their return. So many people have painted this scene, not only because of the meaningful sculpture, but because the background of Knocknarea mountain is iconic of Sligo’s landscape. Knocknarea is featured in Ireland’s mythological stories, as it claims to be the resting place of Queen Meave of Connaught.
For me ‘Waiting’ is a nostalgic and hopeful painting, as my late mother would often be worried about my father returning home from fishing.
‘Waiting’ was created with Acrylic on primed canvas. This little painting is signed and titled underneath and inserted into a 4 x 4 inch mount. I fit the piece in to a 9 x 9 inch off white wooden box-frame with a hanging hook on the back. The inside of the frame includes a 30mm foam-board spacer. This creates a recess between the glass and the backing board of the frame. As a result, this gives more perspective to the painting. And because we are sustainably conscious at the Gallery, we used a white core mount and the backing board which are both acid-free. This also means that it shouldn’t fade over time.
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