wild atlantic way painting, felt art Seascape, boat art, unframed artwork approx 30.5cm (H) x 30cm (W).

Wild atlantic way painting | An Irish felt seascape painting of Galway Hooker boats with their red sails in the harbour at sunset, Kinvara, Ireland.

Wild atlantic way painting “Three Red Sails” | original felt landscape.

We were at the Cruinniunam Bad Festival held every year in Kinvara, Ireland, to celebrate the Galway Hooker boats. When we saw three Galway Hookers sailing through Kinvara harbour just as the sun began to set.

The Galway Hooker sails are made from calico and were covered in a solution made from tree bark or a tar and butter mix. Because this solution would protect and weatherproof the sails,  this is known as ‘barking the sails’. This process gives the Galway Hooker boats their distinctive red coloured sails.

I love the bright red colour of their sails and wanted to celebrate them in this, and other, artworks you can see on my website.

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Wild Atlantic Way

Kinvara, on the wild atlantic way, is a sea port village in the southwest of County Galway, Ireland. And in Kinvara they hold a Cruinniunam Bad Festival to celebrate the Galway Hooker boat with their beautiful red sails every year. So we were very lucky to be in Kinvara at the time of the festival a few years ago. Especially as our apartment over looked the harbour so we had a fantastic view of all the Galway Hooker boat races.

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Wild atlantic way painting | Unframed

The original wild atlantic way painting artwork measures approximately 30cm (w) x 30.5cm (h).

The mounted artwork measures approximately 45.5cm (w) x 47.5cm (h).

Unframed:- The final felt landscape painting is attached to a piece of acid free mount board and mounted up in an extra thick mount ready for you to take to a framer to choose the frame.

*Colours may vary slightly from the photographed work.

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Framing

I can arrange for the artwork to be framed (UK only) and posted out to you. Please choose from the two options available. Framing times will vary dependig on how busy my framer is at the time.

*Colours may vary slightly from the photographed work.

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The Process

Drawing on my degree in Fine Art, I use merino wool in lots of different colours (as you would tubes of paint) and lay out the loose fibres of different coloured wool onto my base (as you would paint on canvas).

Once finished the next stage is to make these loose fibres of wool stick together using the ‘wet felting’ technique to make the wool painting into a piece of felt. You do this by adding hot soapy water and friction. The hot water opens up the wools scales and the friction (rubbing/rolling) binds them together. During this process the wool shrinks by about 15-20% and you end up with one piece of felt material.

Once the felted picture is dry I needle felt into the piece to sharpen some of the details.

The final felt art is attached to a piece of acid free mount board and mounted as seen then posted out ready for you to take to a framer to choose the frame.

Click here to read more about the process.

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Postage

UK 1st Class tracked and signed for | International tracked and signed for.

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The Wild Atlantic Way is 1600 miles long on mainly the west coast of Ireland.

£470.00

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