Dingle

Dingle

This was painted while waiting for a tour of Dingle distillery from the pier at Ventry, which is why it looks like I was painting the sea shore from a boat.  

Carbery's Hundred Isles

Carbery's Hundred Isles

This painting was done from the proposed site of the distillery still house on Cape Clear island off the coast of West Cork. The view was made famous by the Thomas Davis poem Carbery's Hundred Isles (The summer sun is falling soft on Carbery's hundred isles ...), but I only counted about a dozen, and wouldn't have had time to paint them all anyway. 

Barley Fields, Carlow

Barley Fields, Carlow

The weather was fine when I started painting this, and although it only took me a half an hour or so, it was pouring by the time I finished up, as can be seen by the raindrops on the painting. Fortunately with oils, a quick shake remedies that.

The Great Sugar Loaf

The Great Sugar Loaf

The first painting of my Irish trip, after a visit to Powerscourt distillery. The painting has a whisky tie-in, in that the the River Vartry that rises beneath the Great Sugar Loaf has supplied water to the distilleries and breweries of Dublin for hundreds of years.

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This guy is kind of like the modern-day Alfred Barnard, only that he doesn’t travel round on a horse and cart, he goes by Vespa 50. I have to admit it is one of the few drinks books that I have read from cover to cover.

We follow Birdsall on his classic scooter from the Western Isles, up to Talisker, down through Speyside and along the east coast to Orkney. Each distillery is a mini-story on its own, engagingly written, entertaining, anecdotal, self-effacing, laugh-out-loud stuff at times, and I learned a bit about the distilling process on the way.

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I have dozens of books on Scotch whisky, but this is the best by far, in my opinion. First class production, beautifully written and gives an in depth view of the various distilleries instead of a quick look. Fascinating in every way. Wonderful reading. Highly recommended for the Scotch whisky connoisseur!

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Rose

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I started reading Whisky Burn and right away loved it! It's fun, it's hilarious and it's engaging. There's never a dull moment with Ben, traveling with him through Scotland! I also love the design of the cover, it's amazing! Can't wait for the sequel!

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Scapa

Scapa

This painting was the last of the Scottish Whisky Burn series. I painted it just after visiting Highland Park and Scapa distilleries, while waiting for the evening ferry. Not far offshore at the bottom of the Scapa Flow lie dozens of WWI warships, scuttled by the German commanders impatiently waiting for the armistice, and probably desperate for a drink.

Kintyre

Kintyre

This was the first of the Scottish Whisky Burn series.  I painted it on the beach near the campsite in the company of a group of Harley riders who were in the neighbouring tents. This was the calm before the storm. That evening the wind nearly blew us all in to the sea.