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The inspiration behind the painting
I dream of the sea
Look at that it looks so nice
It is the sea in the moonlight
The waves look like stars when the raise in the night.
The dolphin jumps as we look up in the sky,
They jump to the right, into to the light.
They play in the sun, and all through the night.
All the fish come up close as we look upon the sand.
They cuddle up just like a band,
As they fall asleep as fast as they can.
The whales splash and dash in the waves,
It just looks like a party.
Making noises singing a lullaby.
I can hear them, their lovely tonight.
They sing and sing all through the night,
Like little angles singing goodnight.
Now all that’s left is me,
So I snuggle up and dream of the sea.
Credit – Skyler Macknamara
About the location
A seafront perfect for all the family
a beautiful bracing seafront facility locally famous as the venue for hosting the annual Sea park Fireworks display in October.
Holywood’s main parkland and recreational area has a variety of activities including tennis courts, a bowling green, putting green all bookable via Bangor Sportsplex and there is an enclosed children’s playground set in the parkland. The whole area is right on the seafront and has panoramic views overlooking Belfast Lough.
This is also the starting point of the North Down Coastal Path which runs for 16 miles from Holywood to Portavoe, via Bangor and other delightful areas of beauty.
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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