THE LOVES OF MY LIFE

An artis­tic life

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - CONTENT -

The per­son My mam — book­worm, iPad pro, lis­tener, ad­viser and bril­liant friend The mem­ory Sit­ting with my gran, May Heaslip, in the car at Sandy­mount beach car park — the two of us just watch­ing the world go by The mo­ment of the day Can­vas primed, brushes cleaned, with Enya play­ing in the back­ground; and spend­ing time in In­nis­cara art gallery in Rath­coole, col­lect­ing fab­u­lous, framed, fin­ished pieces The song One by U2 and Mary J Blige The movie Clock­wise — John Cleese as a head­mas­ter ob­sessed with time and or­der; it is bril­liantly cast The hero Mar­cel Grateau, re­puted to be the in­ven­tor of the hair straight­ener in 1872 The book To Kill A Mock­ing­bird by Harper Lee — it’s my re­turn-to book be­tween reads. Time­less The ac­ces­sory My dog, Sheeba, adds a fur fin­ish to any piece of cloth­ing The out­fit Any­thing but the cor­po­rat­e­drone suit The gad­get A spirit level, my go-to be­fore paint­ing any big can­vas The pet hate Af­fected D4 ac­cents; in­ter­rupters; neg­a­tive peo­ple; peo­ple tak­ing ages to get to the point The friend My sis­ter, Elaine. I could lose a close group of friends by men­tion­ing just one friend here The drink Vodka and any­thing The beauty prod­uct I like Clar­ins Satin-Smooth Body Lotion, and I also like to use a black Mac eye­liner gel The hol­i­day A re­turn hol­i­day to Qawra in Malta, to visit long-time Mal­tese friends The piece of ad­vice “Don’t let yes­ter­day use up much of to­day.” It’s an old In­dian proverb. And also, “Mea­sure twice, cut once” — prepa­ra­tion is key in all walks of life The smell Coffee, tur­pen­tine and Eau d’Or­ange Verte by Her­mes The bar The Sham­rock Bar, Knock­anore, Co Water­ford — where ev­ery­one knows your name The hobby Trawl­ing the in­ter­net for graphic-de­sign tips, and a good walk alone with the ear­phones in The part of my body My ear­lobes. I was told they were per­fectly shaped while get­ting my ears pierced The celeb will.i.am — he’s a pro­ducer, singer, and phi­lan­thropist. Ideal date The virtue Loy­alty The vice I’m eas­ily bored The taste My mam, Eileen’s, ‘Don’t slam the door while the fruit cake is bak­ing, or the fruit will drop’ cake The ho­tel Cabra Cas­tle, Kingscourt, Co Ca­van. Pure lux­ury See hen­nessyart.ie Gil­lian is an ex­hibitor at House 2016, Ire­land’s premier homes, in­te­ri­ors and de­sign event at the RDS, May 20-22, see house-event. ie for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion

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