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Sudden Breeze

15 Jan 2011
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Sudden Breeze

Looking inwards through the broken windows of this abandoned cottage it seemed that time itself had held its breath since the householder passed to another landscape more than a decade ago. The door was no longer guarding the inner sanctuary of the silent years and I crept slowly inside. The threadbare curtain’s unexpected movement acknowledged the long overdue intruder as a sudden Atlantic breeze breathed through the unglazed window – a pneuma moving over the deep waters filling some priestly surplice. Outside, the rooks mark the liturgical moment. It signalled the last days before nature quietly reclaimed its ground.

This is one of several paintings of the same house. See Extra Room, Buttermilk, and House Sparrow.
For rooks in another painting see Rook Echoes. 

To see all my images on Artist Daily click here.

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on 15 Jan 2011 1:03 PM

OY!  A master of the drybrush???  I made comment about Wyeth before I looked on and now it is confirmed.  Your works are wounderfully textured and compositionally sound.  The mystery speaks loud.  A joy to observe.


on 15 Jan 2011 1:08 PM

So next, I checked your bio and find I've graded an A+.  I look forward to more of you and your work.  Thank you.

on 15 Jan 2011 1:12 PM

Goodness, you've made my day Harry.

2natw wrote
on 15 Jan 2011 1:15 PM

Wow, this is amazing!! Have you ever seen "Wind from the Sea" by Wyeth? I thought of it when I saw this.

on 15 Jan 2011 1:26 PM

Hi Nathaniel, Yes, and when I stumbled across this emotionally charged moment in an abandoned house in the west of Ireland I almost felt it was the same wind that had begun across the Atlantic in Olson's house in Maine all those years before. But the scene was just like this; it wasn't created with Wyeth in mind. I've been in Olson's house and saw the window there too.

I looked at your website. There are very few who can paint as you do at 14. Amazing.


on 15 Jan 2011 5:52 PM

Wow - Wyeth is right. I feel as though I am right there, feeling that breeze.  Super!!!

JayC4 wrote
on 16 Jan 2011 7:40 AM

I looked at the three paintings you posted and they are all brilliant!    Your work is so exceptional, I hope you're teaching others!

on 16 Jan 2011 12:40 PM

Hi 'JayC'

No, I haven't been teaching because I never thought I could explain what I do! My work is extremely slow, and I admire people who can get the same effects with much freer and more expressive brushwork. Most of my larger paintings take about 6 weeks. Actually I don't paint that much and this is the first time I've uploaded images to a site like this.

I've also uploaded a painting entitled House Sparrow.

dmac wrote
on 17 Jan 2011 5:53 AM

Beautiful work! BRAVO!!!

terramsey wrote
on 18 Jan 2011 6:35 AM

I love it...

on 9 Apr 2011 7:13 AM

A fantastic work!

on 8 Jul 2011 5:15 PM

Beautiful, Mr. Ryan. I look forward to studying more of your phenominal works.

on 8 Jul 2011 6:00 PM

Oh, thank you Susan.