A little about the original
How many shades of purple can you see? The lilacs, the deep purples, the bubblegum pops of colour. Aly’s signature colour is evident but look deeper and see the other colours come through in the thick marks.
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The inspiration behind the painting
A firm favourite with the family. How we missed this beach during lockdown.
Painted during my first trip back after COVID, the excitement to mix colours and mark this beautiful landscape out on canvas is evident when you see the piece in reality.
About the location
What a stunning beach which just seems to go on for miles and miles. Wonderful views across to the black isle and towards John O’Groats. Sheltered seating area on the green near the beach.
The views from the beach at Portnoo are panoramic. A little way off the coast of Narin beach is the island of Inishkeel (Inis Caoil). At low tide it is possible to walk from Narin out to the island where you will find the remains of two churches.
About the artist
Aly is a Northern Irish based Artist, Writer and Educator. One of Northern Ireland’s top artists, widely known for her Belfast prints and impressionist techniques. She has several accolades to her name, most recently:
> Nominated 40 under 40
> Listed as top 100 / Small Business Saturday
> Finalist in the East Side Awards
Aly works from a studio near Belfast which is conducive to her family life with her husband and their three young boys.
She is passionate about placing importance on everyday moments, objects and places in her oil paintings and pastel work.This is one of the many reasons Aly is a well established artist in Belfast, Northern Ireland and the United States of America.
Her practice is influenced heavily by her own childhood memories of growing up in a smallholding in the Irish countryside.
Themes of the familiar and familial can be traced back as far as her degree show in 2003 when her installation “Daddy’s bread” used 795 empty bread bags (of her father’s favourite loaf) to represent each week from when her Father passed until the opening of her final exhibition.
Aly was awarded a first class honours degree and a distinction in her Masters in Fine Art which she completed following her degree. Specializing in Acrylic, oil and Mixed Media Aly has a love for creating stunning vibrant paintings. Along with a love of monochrome and simple sketches.
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I use art in all it’s mediums to express my love for the “everyday”. Coffee cups, familiar landmarks, colour associations. All of these, I believe, contribute to what is known as our “everyday”. Not only do I love drawing them, I think they are worth placing importance on.
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