Sudden Breeze

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. 

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Fergus Ryan

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View all my Artist Daily images and associated chat HERE ____________________________________________________________ Everything I look at I make a mirror of  Wherein to see my soul in all its seasons.  Patrick Kavanagh To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion all in one. John Ruskin The Presence of Absence I am moved by a sense of the lingering 'presence of absence', the suspension in unbreathed time of reveries of unforgetting, lost presences, and the melancholy of traces. My inspiration in recent years comes from twentieth-century American realism, especially the somewhat disturbing and isolated moods of Andrew Wyeth. There are similar resonances in western Ireland's remote Atlantic landscapes. After a career in flying, my art studies have consisted of extended workshops in the United States with some prominent artists, Koo Schadler (egg tempera), Joe McGurl and Don Demers (oils, en plein air), Stan Miller (watercolour and egg tempera), and David Kassan (charcoal and oil portraits), and in Ireland with Carey Clarke, past president of the Royal Hibernian Academy (oils). In 2013 I spend the summer in Italy studying landscape painting with Israel Hershberg as part of the Jerusalem Studio School master class. In the Spring of 2015 I participated in the 6-week intensive programme of drawing and painting. I have exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy's annual exhibition in Dublin, with works in egg tempera (Buttermilk, Tidepool), acrylic (Extra Room andTerminus), and oils (Dreadlocks, Liminal, Lightkeeper and Reflection). Sudden Breeze was featured in International Artist magazine's Feb/Mar 2009 edition (65) landscape competition, and an 8-page article on my landscape paintings featured in International Artist June/July 2012 issue, number 85.  My website is  My Facebook art page is here. A video of some of my paintings is here on YouTube.