Bringing home the peat in Ireland - Oil Paintings by Avril Brand

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Oils (16 × 20 inches) (Original sold)

Bringing home the peat, in years past, when the donkey-cart was a familiar sight on Irish roads. This is a sight that many old eyes will remember fondly.

Tired and hungry, he will be impatient to enjoy his meal of cabbage, spuds and maybe, if he is lucky, a piece of bacon. But it will be some hours before he will reach home yet.

In the background, the small piles of peat are neatly stacked like little pyramids – drying out in the field.

This fellow has loaded his cart and will now take the long road back home from the bog.


  • Judi Taylor
    Judi Taylorabout 6 years ago

    The colors in this painting are so wonderfully subdued. A pale but strong sense of color that sort of melts into the picture. This is quite lovely. Excellent talent you possess.

  • Thank you Judi!! This is one of ‘those’ paintings that I really struggle to take a good photograph of…

    – Avril Brand

  • jacqi
    jacqiabout 6 years ago

    Peat used to be wonderful on a fire and lasted for hours but not pc any more. Has the peat cutting stopped in Ireland as well as in Scotland? It’s great to record past times like this in your paintings Avril.

  • Thank you jacqi… we still use peat! The cutting of peat, working in the bogs, etc is so much a part of rural culture here. Most farms still have a piece of bog land which provides peat, not only for their own needs but for the neighbours too. Although peat is expensive now, I cannot imagine going through the winter without the sweet smelling peat smoke wafting through the countryside.

    – Avril Brand

    SNAPPYDAVEabout 6 years ago

    beautiful … just how i remember it

  • Thank you so much!!! I am happy if it brought back good memories!!!

    – Avril Brand

  • Oh… and when I go for a walk down our country lane… there are still fields with the little ‘pyramid’ piles of peat … wonderful to see!!!

    – Avril Brand

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful work x

  • Thank you so much!!!

    – Avril Brand

    GEORGE SANDERSONabout 6 years ago

    Another masterpiece Avril
    You are so talented !

  • Awww thanks George!!! You are so sweet!

    – Avril Brand

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanabout 6 years ago

    picture perfect Avril – detail is wonderful as always – such a talent!

  • Thanks so much Linda!!! Hugsxxxxxx

    – Avril Brand

    SHEDARTabout 6 years ago

    OH YES, a beautiful painting of a beautiful subject, love it to bits, the “GREENS” especially will love it too, not a 4×4 in sight, absolutely beautiful.

  • ROFL… those were the day, eh James?? No 4 × 4′s, monster trucks, etc… no noise, no pollution…. Thank you dear James!

    – Avril Brand

    SHEDARTabout 6 years ago

    You might say this was only a 4×2 LOL

  • ROFLMAO… you are such good craic, James!!

    – Avril Brand

  • Gary L   Suddath
    Gary L Suddathabout 6 years ago

    masterful work love the details

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 6 years ago

    great depth, love your perspective on this one. great colors.

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