The milk of human kindness & The Plassy shipwreck

The milk of human kindness

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I’ve been trying a few new ideas this week. Nothing major just small movements forward (I hope). It has to be said nothing much has come out on canvas but there’s time….it’ll happen.

The milk of human kindness 60x60cm

The Plassy Shipwreck , Innis Oirr

I spent last weekend on Innis Oirr. Well, only just! We made the last ferry with three minutes to spare but that’s a whole other story!  The island is the smallest of the three Arran Islands off the extreme west coast of Ireland. Small enough that the girls and I cycled the whole thing in well under two hours.

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During the morning, we came across a cargo vessel called the Plassy which was shipwrecked in the 1960′s. The islanders rescued the entire crew from the vessel during storm force weather without a single sailor being lost. No mean feat when you imagine the strength of a storm that could lift a ship of that size, that far onto the rocks.

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source: morgan photography

That said, these Islanders are pretty amazing. I was lucky to spend a little time with some of them and they struck me as incredibly proud and sure of who they are.

I bumped into a man who’s father was a cousin of one of the men in this photo and who has himself lived in the states all his life.

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source: innis oirr 

They also seem to be very clever at getting the balance right between managing their history and their future. Obviously their history and way of life is what draws visitors but that’s just part of who they are. For instance they are all wi- fi’d up and their kids are getting top scores in league tables. They’re cleverness seems to be in knowing how to harness the best of what the Island has to offer outsiders without loosing the best of what it has to offer them.

Anyway, we were all fasinated by the shipwreck but the metal was what I drew me and what the sea has done to it over time. It just shows us that often, given enough time, nature can transform the most ugly, man made substance into something of beauty.

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  • Gorgeous painting and inspiring story. That same thing happens to metal gas pipelines in the ground. It’s called stress corrosion, or stress corrosion cracking. I used to work for a gas pipeline company editing their glossy magazine, and when I saw metal in that shape that had been pulled from the ground I really started worrying about my gas furnace. Isn’t it awesome in every sense what nature can do? And your paintings are magnificent.

    XO Barbara



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