A Letter to Santa

A letter to Santa by Paul Douglas (2017)

Dear Santa this is Jimmy Byrne, I write to you each year

I’m sure that you’re a busy man with Christmas drawing near.

I took all day to write this note, and then I had to get my coat

And head off in the cold and damp to spend good money on a stamp

 

So when you get it please take care. Don’t lose it like you did last year

I know that it’s a lengthy list, but it includes the stuff you missed

From last year’s Christmas letter.

 

Dear Santa disregard the rumour, some people have no sense of humour

And anyway if you had seen it, you would know I didn’t mean it.

 

It all began because our dog, called Spot, was snowy white

He didn’t have a single spot and that was hardly right

Then when I found the can of paint, the thought occurred to me dear Saint

That I could make things better.

 

I started out with just one spot, then added more, then quite a lot

And then the dog quick as a flash, slipped from my grip and with a crash

Charged out the door and down the stairs

Till spots of paint were everywhere

 

I tried my best with sponge and soap, but soon I saw there was no hope

Soon paint was smeared from wall to floor, and on the curtains there was more

And even on the ceiling

 

The scene was grim, I can’t deny, I scrubbed and scraped I tell no lie

But when my Mum and Dad came back, they almost had a heart attack

I’m sure you heard them screaming

 

But Santa what’s a little paint, not everyone can be a Saint

So when it comes to Christmas Eve, remember that I still believe

And we’re all early risers.

 

So when you come to visit me, please leave my presents by the tree

And don’t forget or I’ll be sad. Don’t leave it to my Mum and Dad

For they’re a pair of misers.

 

——————–

 

Dear Santa this is Jimmy Byrne and I am sending by return

The “gift” you left for me.

Just imagine my dismay, when I arose on Christmas day

And looked beneath the tree

 

A gleaming package wrapped in blue, with cardboard label signed by you

As I’d anticipated

On opening my Christmas box, I thought at first “It’s full of rocks”

But even worse awaited

 

I can’t deny dear Santa Claus that I was disappointed

In fact I rolled up in a ball like I was double jointed.

 

So Santa I am sending back, your sack of stupid coal

And you can take your Christmas gift and stick it up your old North Pole.

 

 

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Russell Gallery Exhibition July 2016

B Malley Burren Shore

“SEA FEVER” the inaugural exhibition of our Wild Atlantic Art Group will open at the Russell Gallery, New Quay, Co. Clare on 2nd July 2016.

The exhibition will feature the work of 10 seascape artists, and will run for 4 weeks.

Featured Artists:

Brenda Malley; Patricia Kavanagh; Sheila Hanley; Paul Douglas; Gillian Murphy; John Adams; Peter McSweeney; Brenda O’Connor; Doreen Drennan; Olivia O’Carra

Wild Atlantic Exhibitions

 

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Moonlight on Bunbeg

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Call for artists interested in participating in exhibitions

I’d like to hear from artists who are interested in participating in group exhibitions linked to the Wild Atlantic Way. Expressions of interest only at this stage, no commitment required.

I hope to organize group exhibitions in Galleries and Visitor Centres near key sites on the WAW.

Contact Paul Douglas

Beneath the Cliffs

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Howth Yacht Club Exhibition

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Howth Yacht Club Exhibition

Autumn League HYC 2013

Autumn League HYC 2013

“Chasing the Elemental” Seascapes by Paul Douglas

I’ll be exhibiting a selection of 24 of my seascapes in Howth Yacht Club, Dublin next weekend. The exhibition opens at 7.30pm on Friday 12th September and will run over the weekend to coincide with the launch of the 2014 Autumn League. The show will feature boats from the club.

Paul Douglas

HYC Exhibition 2014

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Mike Flannery – MAI featured artist for April – May 2014

 

Mike Flannery

Mike Flannery from Galway is the featured artist on Marine Art Ireland for April / May 2014.

Mike is a keen angler and his lifelong love of the sea is evident in his dramatic seascapes. His paintings show a great awareness of the dynamics of wind and waves and a bold approach to colour and form.

We’ll be featuring Mike’s work on the Marine Art Ireland FACEBOOK page over the next few weeks. If you’re a Facebook user please LIKE / SHARE to help promote him.

More about Mike

Mike’s Gallery

Links to Mike’s own webpage are available on his Featured Artist page and also on his Gallery

Artists are welcome to join our Marine Artists group on Facebook.

Paul Douglas

19th April 2014

 

Previous Featured Artists:

 

March 2014: Annemarie Bourke

January / February 2014: Gillian Murphy

December 2013: Patricia Kavanagh

November 2013: Michael McGuire

October 2013: Roman Rocco Burgan

 

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Annemarie Bourke – MAI Featured Artist for March 2014

 

 

Annemarie Bourke - Copy (2)Annemarie Bourke is the MAI Featured Artist for March. Annemarie has a Gallery and Studio in O’Connell St., Limerick and regularly runs workshops for artists. She is a member of the Jury Panel of the International Watercolour Society, and is highly respected as an artist and a tutor. She paints in a wide range of media and styles, and the sea features strongly in her work. Her work is recognizable for its clarity in capturing light and for its fine use of colour balance.

We’ll be featuring Annemarie’s work on the Marine Art Ireland FACEBOOK page over the next few weeks. If you’re a Facebook user please LIKE / SHARE to help promote her.

More about Annemarie

Annemarie’s Gallery

Links to Annemarie’s own webpage are available on her Featured Artist page and on her Guest Gallery

Artists are welcome to join our Marine Artists group on Facebook.

Paul Douglas

3rd March 2014

 

Previous Featured Artists:

January 2014: Gillian Murphy

December 2013: Patricia Kavanagh

November 2013: Michael McGuire

October 2013: Roman Rocco Burgan

 

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Gillian Murphy – January’s Featured Artist

Our Featured Artist for January is Gillian Murphy, who is based in Dublin. Her seascapes are inspired by the changeable Irish weather, and particularly by the mercurial moods of the Atlantic Ocean. She captures the raw energy of the wind and waves using a bold technique, with strong textures produced by using both brushes and pallet knives.

We’ll be featuring Gillian’s work on the Marine Art Ireland FACEBOOK page over the next few weeks. If you’re a Facebook user please LIKE / SHARE to help promote her.

More about Gillian

Gillian’s Gallery

Links to Gillian’s own webpage are available on her Featured Artist page and on her Guest Gallery.

Artists are welcome to join our Marine Artists group on Facebook.

Paul Douglas

18th January 2014

 

Previous Featured Artists:

December 2013: Patricia Kavanagh

November 2013: Michael McGuire

October 2013: Roman Rocco Burgan

 

All images and content on this website are protected under Irish and International Copyright law. All of the images on this site are for on-screen viewing only and may not be copied, downloaded, reproduced, printed, manipulated or used in any way without prior written permission.

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Welcome to Marine Art Ireland’s new website

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Patricia Kavanagh – our latest Featured Artist

Our latest featured artist Patricia Kavanagh is based in Galway. She’s a realist painter working mainly in oils and specialises in the ‘alla prima’, or wet-on-wet technique, as favoured by many of the Impressionist painters. This gives her work a fresh and spontaneous feel, and a great depth of colour.

Patricia is the third artist to be featured on Marine Art Ireland’s website and on our Facebook Page. If you’re on Facebook please like / share to help promote her work and the work of other marine artists.

More about Patricia 

Patricia’s Gallery

22nd November 2013

 

October’s second Featured Artist Michael McGuire

Michael McGuire is based in Wexford, but is originally from Co. Kerry as is evidenced by the wild Atlantic waves and rugged coves of his seascapes. His fondness for painting “en plein air” is clear from the vivid colours and bold brushstrokes of his painting.

 

More about Michael

Michael’s Gallery

23rd October 2013

 

Roman Rocco Burgan – our first Featured Artist

Our first featured artist for October is Roman Rocco Burgan, who is a Slovakian painter based in Kenmare, Co, Kerry. Roman’s work is notable for its striking sense of drama and colour, and captures the Irish sea, sky and landscape beautifully.

 

More about Roman

Roman’s Gallery

If you are interested in participating or just want more information please contact me.

See the section : About Marine Art Ireland for more details

If you’re a Facebook user, please visit, like and share the Marine Art Ireland page as the site will use Facebook and other social media to promote the website and the artists. (See FACEBOOK Like box opposite for link).

Thanks

Paul Douglas

7th October 2013

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