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The North West Painters Lost one of its founding members earlier this week. Niel Carrigan  His day to day job was as a school teacher but at the weekends he was an avid out door painter, who enjoyed the challenge's of painting the light, around and on the landscape, no matter what the weather and believe you me, we painted in some weather conditions, from wind swept to bright sunny days. On our last trip out the weather was good we went down to the Isle of Doagh in Donegal, where we were surrounded by the wild sea and the most magical hills. What did Neil concentrate on, a large rock pool, well it had the most wonderful reflections of the rock formations above and the light was stunning, his painting made this pool look like a lake. Neil would take his time to paint which sometimes meant he would have to return the next day to complete what he had started. This was Neil as I knew him.  Neil you will be missed.

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Comment by Norah Blount on June 1, 2013 at 18:44

What a lovely tribute you have paid to Neil with such beautiful words.  I remember seeing him doing that beautiful close-up in Virginia and I can just imagine him doing that rock pool with the same care.  I will be thinking of him every time I go walking through the woods in Virginia - may he rest in peace.

Comment by Alison Fox on May 28, 2013 at 20:30

Really sorry to hear of his passing a really gentle soul.  I remember how we all admired this piece done last year in Virginia.  RIP Neil.

In the Forest..

Oil/Canvas: Painted L.Ramore, Virginia,Co.Cavan

Comment by Mary Crowley on May 28, 2013 at 12:14

So sad to have lost a fellow painter and true gentleman RIP Neil.

Comment by deirdre shanny on May 26, 2013 at 20:56

On behalf of all the plein air boyne valley group , please pass on all our deepest sympathy to niels family .we had the greatest pleasure meeting and painting along side neil  in virginia last year.His passing will leave a great void in the art world.heres hoping his palette is waiting for him in the next world.we will miss you neil.thanks for being our friend.

Comment by Patrick Brennan on May 25, 2013 at 19:32

Thank you Administrator, I met his family today and passed  our condolences. Particularly on behalf of the North West Painters.

Comment by Plein Eire Administrator on May 25, 2013 at 18:47

So sorry to hear that, Patrick. Especially for you to lose a friend and painting buddy.

Please pass on the condolences of us all on Plein Eire to his family, should you see them.

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