Painting Potatoes (for Pallas Projects)

watercolour painting by Eoin Mac Lochlainn

The reader might be surprised to learn that, even though I’m a city slicker, I enjoy growing potatoes.

Yes indeed, and every day this last fortnight, I’ve been checking to see if there was any sign of life, any green shoots appearing in the allotment, but every day, it was the same story: nothing, not even a weed… until yesterday!

Yesterday I looked and my heart leapt. I had to look twice but yes, there was definitely some dark green shoots bravely pushing up out of the soil.  Hallelujah!  I know, I know, I should have more faith. I should just be patient and let nature take its course but every year, it’s the same old story. I worry. I worry until I see those first shoots appearing.

green watercolour painting by Eoin Mac Lochlainn

Then I just feel an immense appreciation for the wonder of nature and the amazing bounty that bursts forth from the dark earth. And that’s what inspired my paintings of potatoes.  Some of those early ones can still be seen at The Olivier Cornet Gallery.

But still I worry, I worry about the continuing lack of progress on Climate Change – and my potato paintings have become darker (like the one below), and they’re like warnings of real danger ahead for the planet.

watercolour painting by eoin mac lochlainn of wounded world
‘Wounded World’  – watercolour on Arches paper, Lot 86

So my ‘Wounded World’ painting above is included in the Pallas Projects/Studios fund-raising auction. All the artworks will be on view at the Irish Georgian Society’s City Assembly House in South William Street, Dublin from this Saturday, 6th of May until the 11th of May, 2023.

Online bidding is now open (my piece is lot 86, see here) and the auction is being kindly supported by deVeres and The Irish Georgian Society.  Don’t miss this special chance to bid for one of my watercolours!

Slán go fóill, eoin…/pallas-projects-charity-auction/1924/




  1. Prátaí ar maidin
    Is prátaí um nóin
    Is dá n-éireoinn sa meánoíche
    Prátaí a gheobhainn…


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