The element of Chance

watercolour by Eoin Mac Lochlainn

There is an old abandoned railway line that runs through Donegal. It winds its weary way through moorland and upland, past lake and leafy dell, past noble Errigal’s peak, past Muckish mountain and on to Derry town. Last summer I began a series of watercolour sketches along this line and later this week, some of those sketches will feature in an exhibition in An Gailearaí in Gweedore, Co. Donegal.

Watercolour has a delicacy and transparency which makes it ideal for capturing the subtle nuances of light and atmosphere in nature. Recently I have been revisiting some of the basic techniques of watercolour painting, experimenting with ‘wet in wet’, graduated washes and such. But there’s so much to learn, the element of chance in water colour makes it both exciting and frustrating.

water colour by Eoin Mac Lochlainn

Beidh an taispeántas seo ag oscailt go h-oifigiúil dé Céadaoin sa Ghailearaí i nGaoth Dobhair. Ealaíontóirí a bhí bainnt acu le Cló Ceardlann na gCnoc a bhéas insan taispeántas, go h-áirithe ealaíontóirí a ghlac páirt san togra Samkura. ( níos mó eolais ag )



  1. I think it’s a difficult and often underrated medium Eoin. What size are these they have an intimate feel to them. Have you seen the late Cezanne w/colours of Mt St Victoire after about 1900 they surpass his oils by a mile for me, really pared back. I was thinking of the mountain motif and Errigal connection.


    • Hello John, the ‘leafy’ painting is 6″ wide and the Errigal one is 10″ wide. Thanks for your comment. No, I haven’t seen Cezanne’s water colours, I must google them. PS, I really liked your recent Bog painting, eoin


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