Posts Tagged ‘Beirut’

I love this song and the lyrics as performed by Celtic Woman.

Even though it speaks of the Isle of Inisfree, if you substitute this Isle with a place far away that you love and miss; it could easily be your song.

I’ve met some folks
Who say that I’m a dreamer
And I’ve no doubt
There’s truth in what they say
But sure a body’s bound to be a dreamer
When all the things he loves are far away

And precious things
Are dreams unto an exile
They take him o’er
The land across the sea
Especially when it happens he’s an exile
From that dear lovely Isle of Inisfree

And when the moonlight
Peeps across the rooftops
Of this great city
Wondrous though it be
I scarcly feel its wonder or laughter
I’m once again back home in Inisfree

I wonder o’er green hills
Through dreamy valleys
And find a peace
No other land would know
I hear the birds make
music fit for angels
And watch the rivers laughing
As they flow

And then into a humble shack I wander–
My dear old home–
And tenderly behold
The folks I love
Around the turf fire gathered
On bended knee
Their rosary is told

But dreams don’t last
Though dreams are not forgotten
And soon I’m back
To stern reality
But though they pave
The footways here with gold dust
I still would choose
My Isle of Inisfree


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Spoiler Alert- I am a complete amateur!

This ‘artwork’ was inspired by a fashion shoot/campaign for Mango, featuring Penelope Cruz on the front cover of the glossy catalogue. Over two years ago I was shopping in Beirut when I picked up the catalogue and kept it since (the photographs and fashion inside it are beautiful). I painted this on a canvas with acrylic paint by mixing colours and using a faint pencil outline before putting brush to board. Taking almost one hour to complete, the painting was a fun creative outlet during a relaxing afternoon spent with my closest friend by the poolside.

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My first original photo + quote combination. I took this photograph two years ago and wrote that line in an email to my best friend sometime this week.

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