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Fly the Flag for St. Patrick’s Day! (25% off my oil paintings + free shipping)

March 16, 2020

We just recently heard, my painting “Fly the Flag of the Republic” has been accepted into the Society of Canadian Artists 2020 Online Juried Exhibition.

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!

This was one of my early works, in a series of impasto oil paintings begun in 2018, painted from my wife’s photo, taken on a recent trip to Ireland.

In honor of the day, and having the painting up in the SCA show, I’ve put it – and all my currently listed landscape paintings – FOR SALE on my ETSY SHOP, 25% off with FREE SHIPPING!

It was months after hanging the painting to dry that I realized – perhaps subconsciously – I had painted the Irish Tricolor!

Here’s a fellow – wrapped in the flag, sketched at the Montreal St. Patrick’s day parade, back in 2015.

Of course, this year the parade is cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I had been planning to go sketching. It’s a rite of spring to watch the parade, even if it’s really too early to be out on the street, frozen fingers and all.

I read afterwards that the flag of the republic is meant to symbolize peace (white) between the Catholics and Protestants. That’s a wonderful story, I hope it’s true.

In my case, it really was an unconscious thing. These were simply the colors I saw in the land and sky.

Saint Patrick was supposed to have driven the snakes out of Ireland. Let’s not look too hard at the politics of that, and take it as a wish to keep the virus away as we spend this season at home for St. Patrick’s Day!

Please feel free to pop over to my shop: MHolmesFineArt on and see the rest of the available paintings!

And take care everyone,




One Comment leave one →
  1. March 16, 2020 2:47 PM

    Ha! I saw the tricolor immediately. Of course, perhaps I wouldn’t have if you didn’t mention it was Ireland. And Congratulations!

    I do miss you Urban Sketches.

    My take: “the troubles” were (are) less about religion and more about nationality. Not so much Catholic and Protestant but Irish and British (religion was a coincidence of nationality).

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