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“Continuous as the stars that shine”
William Wordsworth is not an irish writer but he holds a special place in my heart.
So far as I can recall The Daffodils marked the end of nursery rhymes and the start of poetry for me. It
must have been in second or third class when we were exposed to a piece that didn’t appear in any of our text books.
That being my own experience I was amazed when my four year old came home from preschool reciting the first two verses without pausing.

Friday March 28th is Daffodil Day 2014.
For sixteen years I’ve enjoyed taking part as a street seller but unfortunately I can’t participate in that way this year. Seeing the feeling and generosity with which people give what they can to help another is really heartening. I will be buying a daff or two and I wish all sellers a warm, dry and sundrenched day!

My immediate and extended family have benefited from the services and advice of the Irish Cancer Society (and other organisations) and so this is my piece to remember those who lost their fight to cancer.

Olivia

 

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The Carlow Arts festival is finishing up this Sunday 16th June. For anyone within walking or driving distance of Carlow town it’s well worth a visit.

In my last post I posted one of three images I created for the EXTINCTON exhibition. Given the interest in it I’ve decided to post up all three.

These pieces refer to verses 2, 3 and 4 .

Here is a link to the text…

http://www.poemhunter.com/best-poems/roger-mcgough/let-me-die-a-youngman-s-death/

Of course the exhibit itself is well worth a visit in person and will be running until September 8th (so no excuse!)

Running along side the EXTINCTION exhibit is Beasts of England, Beasts of Ireland, curated by Stephen Brandes, and Improvisations on the Theme of an Irish Wall, curated by Terry Martin.

Beasts  of England, Beasts of Ireland, features work from Ben Long,  Polly Morgan,Stephen McKenna to mention but a few.

Improvisations on the Theme of an Irish Wall, brings 20 artists together from around the globe to make a wall of wood based on an irish dry stone wall. This is a wonderful example of what happens when many people work together. Its witty, visually and conceptually. Not to mention a tactile delight..

I love wood I do!

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“Extinction” is an exhibition curated by Derry Dillon for Visual Centre For Contemporary Art, Carlow. I had the honour to be invited to participate along with 6 other leading irish illustrators in creating work for this show. 

It opened Friday last, 7th June and runs until 8th September.

Each of the 7 illustrators have approached the subject of extinction from a their own unique perspective.

My own piece is based on the poem by Roger McGough, “Let me die a youngmans death”

This poem explains one mans wish to go out with a bang, living the high life and doing as he pleases, burning the candle at both ends as it were and happily paying the price.

It’s kind of dark but it has always made me laugh- probably says more about me than I care to know, but there you go.

The image above is one of a series of 3, this depicts the fourth verse.

Here is a link to the text 

http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/let-me-die-a-youngman-s-death/

The full list of illustrators goes like this

Olivia Golden, Stephen Maurice Graham, Niamh Sharkey, Steve Simpson, Phil Mc Darby and The Project Twins.

Saturday saw a myself, Phil and The Project Twins giving a panel talk.

Our very kind audience even threw up a few questions. 

Verbalising what you do and why in that way is a really useful exercise- I wouldn’t mind doing it another time!