Sunset at Portballintrae is painted using acrylic on A4 paper. This painting is presented in a mount and cellophane wrap. The orange and yellow reflections of the sunset on the deep blue sea draw you in and each glimpse reveals more. The contrast of dark and light-catching the eye and sparking memories of evenings well spent. Sunset at Portballintrae is a stunning piece that would hold space on any wall.
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‘Mayim’ the Hebrew name for water.
My ‘Mayim’ exhibition was a virtual exhibition that consisted of a live stream while I sat in formal attire in front of my laptop talking my audience through the various paintings. Lockdown and coronavirus meant that even the artists had to adapt!
The paintings and the exhibition were inspired by my love of water. Water and waves at the beach, water in the lakes and waterfalls in the North and South of Ireland. I trust that you enjoy the brush or palette marks of each scene.
Mayim prices starting from £159
Portballintrae (from Irish: Port Bhaile an Trá, meaning ‘port of the beach settlement’) is a small seaside village in Northern Ireland. It is two miles west of the Giant’s Causeway. It lies within the Causeway Coast and Glens District Council area.
In 2007 Portballintrae was considered as a location for a proposed £1 billion golf course complex by American tycoon and future American president Donald Trump
Off the coast of Portballintrae, a team of Belgian divers brought up the greatest find of Spanish Armada treasure ever recovered from a wrecked ship. The Girona‘s recovered gold jewellery is on show in the Ulster Museum, Belfast.
Every New Year’s at midday we meet at the harbour and
cast our ghosted bodies into the sea. We are no longer
seventeen and , over the years, have progressed from last
night’s underwear to trunks and t-shirts and, finally,
oil-sleep wetsuits, straining to contain our spreading
guts. Like soldiers returning from the Front we are fewer
with each passing year. This morning we are two- and
a handful of bemused children sheltering beneath their
Afterward, shivering, we say ‘Same time, next year?’ and
mean, as our fathers must once have meant, ‘All good
things come to an end, even the sea.’
Credit to Jan Carson
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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