Alive, alive, oh - Sinéad Woods
'Alive, alive, oh” is Sinéad's limited edition illustration print of curlews on the mudflats by the wooden bridge, Dollymount, Dublin.
When the tide leaves the mudflats on the North side of Dollymount an amazing habitat is revealed. It leaves an abundance of food for the many wading birds that flock here. The curlews are a particularly distinctive visitor, with their long legs, curved bills and beautiful brownish grey feathers.
Samphire, a bright green succulent, shoots out the mudflats like miniature desert of cacti. They look so perfect, and although I have never picked them and are so careful not to thread on them, they are delicious with seafood. Cordgrass also grows here, adding more luminesce green to the masses of green seaweed and algae on the seabed especially during summer months. I really wanted to capture the vibrant green and some of the detail of this unique habitat.
The curlew’s long, curved bill allows it to forage for worms and other deep burrowing prey such as shrimp and crabs. It will also gorge on other small shells such as cockles and mussels left behind by the tide, inspiring the title for this piece.
The wooden bridge was built in 1819 during the construction of the Bull Wall. It was intended to be a temporary structure, to be demolished after the Wall was built but it is still standing strong.
This piece uses a combination of detailed pen sketching for the curlews and details, combined with bringing the composition together with the fresh bold colours and lines of the digitally illustrated landscape.
- A3 print, on A3+ paper, (32.9 x 48.3cm). This makes it ideal for a standard size frame that has a mount for A3.
- Each piece in this edition of 250 is hand signed and numbered by Sinéad Woods
- Printed to museum quality using Giclée printing process on archival quality paper
This piece has two options.
The tube gift package comes with your print wrapped in acid free tissue paper with authenticity certificate. The tube keeps your piece well protected in transit. Please unroll the piece carefully soon after you receive it.
The mounted and framed option is available in Ireland only. Your piece will be mounted on an acid free mount and in a limed solid wood frame. The frame colour is shown in the Mount and Frame image. It is carefully chosen to let the piece stand out and to complement most interiors.