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Rock of Cashel, Ireland (Carraig Phadraig) - oil painting by Avril Brand

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Oils on canvas (20 × 26 inches)

After 6 months of working on this painting, waiting for layers to dry and working on others in between, The Rock of Cashel is finished. Over the last few days, I have been working a couple of hours per day to finish one of the most challenging paintings I have ever done.

Although extremely time consuming, this painting was also a treat to do. I escaped into medieval times and let my imagination run wild. Each little window and turret became a story as historical figures came to life in my mind.

I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I enjoyed painting it.

Known as the Rock of Cashel and sometimes St Patrick’s Rock, Cashel in Tipperary has served as the ancient seat of the Irish kings of Munster for hundreds of years before the Norman invasion.

St.Patrick converted the local King Aenghus, here in the 5th century and Brian Boru was crowned King of Munster here in 977. He became High King of Ireland in 1002.

There are many legends about this magical place, some based on fact but others are pure myth.

While baptising King Aenghus here, St Patrick accidentally struck his crozier through the foot of the king. The king thought it was part of the ceremony and did not even whimper!

Another legend surrounding The Rock is that of a supposed underground tunnel between The Rock and Hore Abbey which lies about 400 metres from the site of The Rock. This tunnel has never been found but some people like to believe that one does exist.

The story of Brian Boru enthralled me many years ago when as a young girl in South Africa, I dreamed of one day visiting Britain and Ireland and wandering about in all the old castles and cathedrals.

And here I am, in Ireland.

My visit to the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary was one of the special moments of my life!

I hope you get to live your dream too!


  • Avril Brand
    Avril Brandover 6 years ago

  • Arie van der Wijst
    Arie van der W...over 6 years ago

    Wow Avril…what a great piece of work!!! Wonderful wonderful job…stunning!
    You’re right…never let you dream go away….thanks!

  • Thanks Arie… six more to go!!! LOL!

    – Avril Brand

  • John Quinn
    John Quinnover 6 years ago

    Absolutely wonderful Avril. Beautiful painting of this fantastic monument

  • Thank you, John. I think I must start painting from page one of your portfolio but I don’t think I will live long enough to reach page 6!!! :-)

    – Avril Brand

  • John Quinn
    John Quinnover 6 years ago

    Thanks Avril, thats very flattering. Your a wonderful artist and this is a magical piece of work

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 6 years ago

    Oh my goodness, let me start by saying I spent several years teaching Architectural drafting, a part of which was teaching one, two and three point perspectives. I know and understand correct perspective drawing. When I look at a work of art done by an artist the first thing I notice is the correctness of the perspectives, just can’t help it with so many years of teaching it. You perspectives here are as near perfect as a hand painted one can be, you actually have painted in three point perspective, very difficult. The road is even in perspective with the castle. Add to all this the colors, details, light, shading and I must say oh my goodness this is one of the best I have seen of this type of buildings art. Absolutely fantastic art.

  • Wow, thank you Byron!! What a wonderful thing to say. I can tell you that the drawing alone gave me headaches!! I never usually bother with drawing too much as I like to get stuck into the painting but this painting required so many drawings until I was eventually satisfied (most drawings ended up in the garbage, crumpled in frustration).

    I don’t know much about three point perspectives (I notices you often mention it) but I do know when it does not look right.

    The difficult thing about Cashel is that the buildings all date from different periods and are quite haphazardly placed. So, its hard to figure what is next to, behind or in front. Hence the garbage bin full of failed drawings. The painting was the easy part as everything just falls in place. I had the same difficulty with Mist over Kylemore Abbey… different periods of buildings just added on.

    – Avril Brand

  • RMonroe
    RMonroeover 6 years ago

    Ow Wow Avril, this is fantastic….a brilliant work of art:)

  • Thanks so much Robin!! xxx

    – Avril Brand

  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillover 6 years ago

    glorious. hugs

  • Thanks Hilary!!! Big Hug Backxxx hope your wrist is getting better… take care!

    – Avril Brand

  • simba
    simbaover 6 years ago

    Beautiful artwork Avril.

  • Thanks so much, Linda :-)

    – Avril Brand

  • Michael Oubridge
    Michael Oubridgeover 6 years ago

    Superb image.

  • Thanks Michael :-)

    – Avril Brand

  • webbie
    webbieover 6 years ago

    THIS IS JUST AWSOME Avril….the textures the colors…just beautiful…Love it my friend :) huggggggz

  • Oh thanks, webbie! Hugggzz xxx

    – Avril Brand

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