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Oil on Board 8"x10". I confess I finished the pedestal and bowl in the very early hours of this morning during a fit of insomnia.
Thanks to Juliet and Raymond of Listoke for another great day in Listoke. It is one of our favourite locations for paint-outs.

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Comment by Noel Hayes on October 3, 2019 at 14:41

Wonderful tonal values, very fresh painting. All works well.

Comment by meg leahy on September 26, 2019 at 14:25

Lovely work Sally....  Great atmosphere of mystery created right through to the lit background........

Wish I was as inspired in the wee hours lying awake!!

Far more productive than counting sheep ( or golf shots , as in  my case!)

Comment by Sally Downey on September 26, 2019 at 9:35

Thank you, friends, for being kind about Listoke pic. To be honest I don’t think it lost anything in the reproduction. 

Comment by Norah Blount on September 25, 2019 at 13:47

Sally, the info I found is too long to copy on here so here is the link to the BBC article. Its also worth listening to the podcast on newstalk (pat kenny show), where he interviews the author. Maybe "the second sleep " would make a good title for your painting ?

https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-16964783

Comment by Irene Dixon on September 24, 2019 at 20:07

That's a lovely painting Sally. Very well done.

Irene 

Comment by Sally Downey on September 24, 2019 at 18:11

Norah, thats fascinating.   I have just downloaded the Audible edition of Thge Seconjd Sleep and will listen to it  asap.  I  was going to wait for it to arrive in the shops but cant wait now!   If you ever have something to sell get Ryan Tubridy to mention it.

I have also  got myself the Kindle edition of At Day's Close - and look forward to dipping into that.  I don't see myself reading it from end to end.  I fall asleep after a short while !!   I like that idea of only sleeping when you feel the urge  but it must have led to some difficulties unless there was some sort of synchronisation.  I suppose it could be one explanation for those lovely paintings of haymakers and others asleep under cocks of hay.  

That second sleep when you really should ( in our world) be getting up is delicious.  BTW what is the source of the phrase The Second Sleep?

Comment by Norah Blount on September 23, 2019 at 21:53

Sally, its not insommia , its the second sleep pattern from a time when we had no industry or set timetables

Anthropologists have found evidence that during preindustrial Europe, bi-modal sleeping was considered the norm. Sleep onset was determined not by a set bedtime, but by whether there were things to do.

Historian A. Roger Ekirch's book At Day's Close: Night in Times Past describes how households at this time retired a couple of hours after dusk, woke a few hours later for one to two hours, and then had a second sleep until dawn.

During this waking period, people would relax, or ponder their dreams. Some would engage in activities like sewing, chopping wood, or reading, relying on the light of the moon or oil lamps.

Comment by Norah Blount on September 23, 2019 at 21:49

Beautiful Sally, you make us want to wander in to the distance to that beautiful light in the distance and then bring us back in to that wonderful urn, sorry to have missed this one too.

Comment by Caroline Carroll on September 23, 2019 at 20:56

Sally, absolutely stunning.  I love the way you painted the detail on the bowl and pedestal and the background, leads you right into the painting. Beautifully painted.

Comment by Sally Downey on September 23, 2019 at 9:45

Gosh Kyrle you're great.  Thanks for your kind words.  

Dying to hear all baout your course.  We missed you in Listoke.

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