“Church at Roundwood” canvas print or original painting by Rod Coyne.


“Church at Roundwood” is one of a series of paintings born out of Rod Coyne’s love for the County Wicklow and its rich history. The original artwork is  oil on canvas and measures 70 x 100 cm (28″ x 30″ inches).

Rod Coyne also offers this motif as a framed canvas fine art print (available in three sizes).

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Roundwood – why paint here?

“This canvas was painted plein air while viewing the Roundwood church from the edge of the Vartry reservoir. This natural lake and reservoir is located high in the Wicklow mountains and surrounded by forests and hills. It’s simply a dreamy setting with classic Wicklow views.”

Photo from Church at Roundwood taken from "Our Wicklow Heritage" website.

“Long before I dreamed of being and artist this place had been the destination of many family day trips. As a child the area around Roundwood held a wilderness type romantic appeal for me. The place was one of my primary objectives when I got my first motorbike at age nineteen. And many years later, now living in County Wicklow, it’s where I would bring my family and friends on those Sunday drives. So it was inevitable that once I started painting the Irish landscape that Roundwood was going to be on the to-do-list.”

Roundwood – painting drama!

“It probably was not the safest place to set up my easel, a busy, narrow walled road alongside the lake shore, but I parked the van tight up to the wall and placed myself right at the open back door. It was December and I picked this spot being one of the very few where I could see the village church with the lake waters in the foreground. I mentally shut out the traffic at my back and started laying down the the moody winter colors on my canvas. It was a very cold day and among all my layered clothes I was wearing thick motorbike gloves. These were great because they stopped my fingers going numb but they were terrible because the reduced my brush control considerably.”

“While adjusting my grip on my favorite Whistler brush (a present from artist Harold Wood) I managed to spin it through my gloved fingers, over the wall and into the lake below. I peered gobsmacked down at the water to see it drifting there and trailing an oily streak of Prussian blue behind. It was at least three meters below me down the sheer reservoir wall. After a few minutes of the doing headless-chicken-dance I came up with a plan. Using some building materials in the van, namely two four meter wooden lats zip-tied together to make a eight meter pole, I started trying to fish the brush out. But I had no hook or net so all I could do was push it around a bit. Farther off to my left I notice that the sheer wall gave way to a forty-five degree slope into the water. I nudged my favorite brush to the foot of the slope, climbed the wall, descended the slope and plucked my Whistler form the lake surface.”

“The whole rescue had cost me a lot of time and the dusk was upon me. But I was buoyed by my own ingenuity and determined to finish my artwork. And so it was that I completed “Church at Roundwood” in the headlights of the passing commuter traffic. I’m sure the motorists thought I was completely nutty. Hey, maybe they were right.” – Rod Coyne.


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