Country pubs are always places of interest, and represent a gathering place for both members of the community and visitors to the region.
In this painting of the Kerry pub, the artist has chosen to use the ‘rule of thirds’ and the horizontal format. In doing so, he found it easier to arrange the elements of his composition on the canvas.
The main focus is just off centre, that is, the entry to the hotel. However, the eye floats across to the bluish window awnings and the wooden wall on the right that catches the sunlight and reflects it on the lawn. Sparkling blocks of yellow-green colour, in bright tones are used for the front lawn, and this is very eye catching. Green mid tones create shadow at the front of the pub.
Because of the bright colour and the reflecting light, there is energy in this acrylic painting. The artist has used harmonious, cool colours, blues and greens, for the hot, tin roof.
The brush strokes on the walls make the timber look very natural, and they create a textured effect. ‘Stippling’ and dabbing of paint around the trees and in the garden, adds detail.
The absence of people outside the building, suggests that, for some reason, the pub may be closed today.
Acrylic on Masonite, date unknown. (Cleaned and framed. Slight enhancement to tree during restoration.)