Going Home - Oil Painting by Avril Brand

Oils (16 × 20 inches) original sold

A painting depicting Ireland in days past.

Autumn in Ireland and the man is returning home with his cart of peat. This is an old painting I did several years ago, entirely from my imagination.

We still use peat (turf) in Ireland and love the smell wafting through the air during the long, cold winters.

Every year, at about this time, on country roads in County Clare, you will most likely slow down to a snail’s pace as you drive behind an ancient tractor (with an even more ancient driver… :-) ) loaded with peat.

When the load is brought to your home, be prepared for a few hours of hard, back-breaking work as the huge load of peat must be stacked neatly in a pile. Nothing beats cooking on the old range and the warmth spreads through the house and food tastes so much better.

The kitchen is the best place to be on a cold day!


  • Macky
    Mackyover 6 years ago

    I cannot describe the beauty and the talent in this piece in words, all I can do is favourite it!!!

  • Oh gosh… thank you Macky!!!

    – Avril Brand

  • Linda Bennett
    Linda Bennettover 6 years ago

    WOW!!! Totally awesome painting!!! So picturesque and serene…love it!!

  • Thanks so much, Linda… hugsxxx

    – Avril Brand

  • Farmncamera
    Farmncameraover 6 years ago

    Avril, I have to say the same as Macky!!! XXXXXXX

  • Thank you dear sweet Elaine!!

    – Avril Brand

  • Judi Taylor
    Judi Taylorover 6 years ago

    This is like a beautiful place that exists in my mind. There is a stone bridge that goes across a sparkling stream. And the evergreens just beyond with the majestic mountains in the dstance. I love this place … feels like home. Beautifully done.

  • Oh thank you so much, Judi!!!

    – Avril Brand

    TIMKIELYover 6 years ago

    just brillant avril , well done

  • Thank you… hugsxxx

    – Avril Brand

  • Squealia
    Squealiaover 6 years ago

    Great artwork

  • Thank you so much!!

    – Avril Brand

  • Polly x
    Polly xover 6 years ago

    Gorgeous light and detail in the trees Avril, you’ve really captured how the autumn leaves catch the light and I love the stillness in the water and the mossy banks.

  • Oh thank you dear Paulette!!!

    – Avril Brand

  • Cazzie Cathcart
    Cazzie Cathcartover 6 years ago

    Just Stunning you are sooo amazing :))

  • Awww… you are so sweet, Cazzie!!! thank you!

    – Avril Brand

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityover 6 years ago

    Stunning Avril, just perfect x

  • Thank you so much, Anita!!!

    – Avril Brand

    GEORGE SANDERSONover 6 years ago

    a Wonderful, nostalgic work, Avril
    Well done !

  • Thank you, dear George!!!

    – Avril Brand

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