"Irish Servant Making Butter" - Oil Painting

Avril Brand

Kilrush, Ireland

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Oils on canvas (40 × 40cm) (original sold)

Painting depicts an Irish servant girl making butter in her rich master’s kitchen. (County Antrim, Northern Ireland) – possibly early 1900’s

Update 21 February 2009

Finished…… at last!

This painting took a long time, inbetween all the others I am working on. Even my darling dog found a place here.

So, this is how it all began two years ago:


All my other paintings are drying out so I decided to work on this one. I did the drawing about two years ago and even painted the first wash but never got around to doing anything else. So, at last my Irish servant girl is being painted!

I had a very old, very blurry photo to work from. Maybe that is why I left it for so long. As you can see, it is not very easy to exactly what is in the photograph. But, supposedly, it is of an Irish servant working away at making butter in her rich master’s house. Probably late 1800’s.

I will update as I go along!

Well, now my imagination has really gone haywire!!! Thanks to the blurry photo which I no longer want to use, I decided to do ‘my own thing’ and create items which I have always wanted to put in a painting but never knew when!!

Last night, as I was painting away just before midnight, my doggy sat watching me, impatient as usual, and he was so cute that he ended up in the painting too!!

I spent some time researching old kitchens of the Victorian era so in went the old cast iron wood burning stove, the copper pots and utensils and the cupboard in the passage. I changed the doorway (smaller), added a flagstone floor, etc.

So far, I am still only working on the left side of the painting and having so much fun thinking about all kinds of stuff that will be going into this old kitchen!!

Oils are so lovely to work with… you can change the entire look with a few strokes of the brush or the rub of a finger! Hope you like it so far!!

Update 1 October

What I love about the old Dutch Masters is how no detail was left out. The details and clutter of everyday life makes me see new things every time I see an old Dutch painting. Not that I am comparing my work to the Masters, but it sure is lots of fun to find objects in my house to include in this painting.

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