So, the sun shone there for a few days...I got excited...I put my flip flops on...I left my coat at home...and now it is raining.  Not just a wee shower I write, it's lashing.  Well, I guess that's Summer in Ireland!


But!  I refuse to let go of that glimmer of Summer, of the smell of freshly cut grass, the sun on my face, lazy days and long hazy evenings, the clink of ice cubes in a cool glass of lemonade, and the freedom of my toes from their long woollen sock oppression.

So, to help me keep hold of Summer, here are my Summer picks, these artworks have sunlight woven through their very core...and I am loving them.

[caption id="attachment_285" align="aligncenter" width="363"]Cynthia Neill - Sunlight - Screenprint Cynthia Neill - Sunlight - Screenprint[/caption]

Cynthia Neill, a former architect specialises in screenprinting, taking inspiration from nature and the urban environment to create vibrant and at times dream-like work.  See more here.

[caption id="attachment_286" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Cupar Pilson - Causeway Sunrise - Limited Edition Print Cupar Pilson - Causeway Sunrise - Limited Edition Print[/caption]

Cupar Pilson, former graphic designer, is a painter whose work is inspired by nostalgic scenes from around Ireland.  See more here.

[caption id="attachment_288" align="aligncenter" width="293"]Judith Logan - Summer - Original Judith Logan - Summer - Original[/caption]

Judith Logan uses oils and mixed media layering in her work, sewing on top, adding texture and depth to create both narrative and visually beautiful decorative pieces.  See more here.

[caption id="attachment_293" align="aligncenter" width="589"]Quentin Blake - Down to the Sea - Signed Print Quentin Blake - Down to the Sea - Signed Print[/caption]

Quentin Blake was the first Children's Laureate.  He is the writer and illustrator of children's books including collaborations with a number of writers, most famously, Roald Dahl.  See more here.

[caption id="attachment_291" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Eddie Mallon - Sunset Holywood - Print Eddie Mallon - Sunset Holywood - Print[/caption]

Eddie Mallon, paints mainly in acrylics, inspired from his many travels across the continents.  See more here.

[caption id="attachment_295" align="aligncenter" width="550"]Sasha Harding - Cooling Off - Signed Print Sasha Harding - Cooling Off - Signed Print[/caption]

Sasha Harding is a painter from the South of England who draws inspiration from the coast around her.  See more here.

[caption id="attachment_302" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Caroline Pavey - Top Cat - Signed Limited Edition Print Caroline Pavey - Top Cat - Signed Limited Edition Print[/caption]

Caroline Pavey, based on the Isle of Wight, and creates lovely whimsical scenes inspired by animals, seaside and the countryside.  See more here.

[caption id="attachment_305" align="aligncenter" width="558"]Stacy Beck - Morning Meditation - Photograph Stacy Beck - Morning Meditation - Photograph[/caption]

Stacy Beck is a Florida based photographer and graphic artist.  See more here.