- 16"w x 16"h acrylic on canvas
VALLEY OF REST
O'Rourke's Table Painting • County Leitrim, Ireland Painting
“Valley of Rest” depicts an interpretation of the view from O'Rourke's Table in County Leitrim, Ireland. I climbed the steep, wooded pathway with its intermittent, well-worm stairs to arrive at the stone situated on the flat-topped drumlin formed by glaciers long ago. Then, looking up and out across the valley,
I stood in absolute amazement of the sweeping view before me. A deep rest settled upon me, a peace that perhaps came upon Tiernan O’Rourke himself long after the day he learned his beloved had blown out the candle and left him for the king of Leinster. Standing on the plateau that day, I could almost hear Moore’s famous melody.
“The valley lay smiling before me, where lately I left her behind,” wrote the 19th century lyricist. “Yet I trembled, and something hung o’er me, that sadden’d the joy of my mind.” Here, in the gracious valley is respite for the weary soul.
What is your essential story of life?
What is alive in you?
Valley of Rest is an original Soul of Place painting from the County Leitrim and Soul of Ireland collections by Virginia artist Dawn Richerson, who found joy and wonder in the heart of the Emerald Isle where she lived for three years. In Ireland, I was met with mystery and miracle. The soul of Ireland spoke to my soul, and I was forever changed.
I'll meet you on the way!