I attempted to paint this pub yesterdat, but the painting is nothing to write home about. Inishtioge, a lovely small village locked up tight until around 11:00 am, when the pubs opened.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
We arrived in Wexford about 3:30pm yesterday. Our room wasn't ready, so we went out for a walk around to see a bit of the town. There are some very interesting boats, shops, and historic sites. I found some things on one street near by that I thought would make great paintings, and the weather was superb, so we went back to the car and got my 6x8" magnetic pochade box. I just couldn't miss painting the Bar & Undertaker, and then had to go in for a pint of Guinness.
Then back to White's Hotel where the artist's were gathering for the meet and greet wine reception. I met the mayor of Wexford, and asked for a photo, especially since he was wearing his chain of office!
I have so much to tell and share about our first two days here - complete with gorgeous weather, but this is the first time I've been able to get a signal strong enough to send to my blog.
We are off for dinner and 'a painter's pint night in T. Morris Bar. Hope to have enough energy to blog when we get back.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
We made a stop in this town for several reasons. As we drove through the town of Athy, I was oohhing and ahhhing over an art supply store, wonderful cake shop window, and then this 14th century castle.
Martin got some money, while I took my photos, and then lunch. Tea for two (served with 4 small chocolate chip cookies), and we split a pannini sandwich. Yummy! When Martin went to pay, he asked about the muffins on the counter. I said "sure", and the vendeurse said 'gooseberry' and I yelled out, "Go no further". Served with fresh whipped cream. Edie, had to get this for you!
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
We just boxed and packed three 8" x 10" frames. I hope they don't try and make us check them.
Now I can sleep, perchance to dream, but not nightmare.
Will blog tomorrow from the airport, promising not to whine so much tomorrow, and then, The Emerald Isle!
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
|Folio 34r contains the Chi Rho monogram. Chi and rho are the first two letters of the word Christ in Greek.|
This is taken from Wikipedia's article on The Book of Kells
|My Irish Sweetheart, Martin. I used him here to show the size of the boulders with the ancient Celtic carvings. The meaning of the swirling symbol is lost to the ages, but you see it everywhere now days, and now you know where it came from.|
|Martin crucified inside the magnificent ruins of Temple Rí (King's Church)|
at the Clonmacnoise Abbey site. The stones in the gravel represent where burials would have been.
|We had this site all to ourselves the entire time we were there.|
One reason I like to travel off season.
I could see why the monks chose this site for their community. I surely wanted to stay and paint the feeling of quiet beauty that was here. Not the architecture, but the view across the Shannon. It was lovely beyond belief, but we were headed for Doolin on the west coast, and hadn't booked a room, so we continued on. Still, the haunting memory of this beautiful place has stayed in my heart since that cool, grey afternoon.
A few hours later in Doolin, we found a B&B, we offered some tea, and freshened up a bit before heading out for an evening meal in a pub. Not long after we sat down, one by one in came the musicians. It wasn't the best session we heard, but it was a quiet night, and it was good.
Monday, July 23, 2012
|Does it get any better than this?|
We are going back to Ireland this year. We leave Thursday, July 26, and need to be at the airport by 6:15am! Yikes. Then we sit for hours in Chicago. To be exact, 10 hours! It was the cheapest fare we could get when we booked the travel.
I will be blogging as much as possible from Ireland, so if you know anyone that it interested in Ireland, or the Plein Air Convention I will be taking part in for the first week, let them know about my blog.
I will be taking my Motorola Xyboard Tablet, 10" screen to work from, and it's not as easy to work with as my laptop, but a darn site easier to carry. So counting down, and wanted to let you all know.
Many of you are not registered as friends, and you email be behind the scenes and it comes to me in my earthlink email box. I will not be checking that while I am away, and won't get your comments until I return. You could however make the comments here on the blog. What a novel idea!
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
What a time we had yesterday!
While Natalie started her class, I waited for the garden sprinklers to subside. A great moment to buy theatre tickets. I only bought two at full price, as I was waiting for the discount rush tickets for the matinee performance of Shakespeare's "Henry V". I was told that I could also get discounts for the evening performance of "Much Ado About Nothing ", so i set my phone alarm for 11:30am and set to work on another water lily painting.
Natalie's class was also seeing "Henry V", but I had no idea where they would sit. My awesome discount ticket was 4th row from the stage, in the left side center, such a superior seat for the price!
I wasn't able to get a photo of the set. I felt too exposed, and didn't feel like getting yelled at.
Neither Natalie or I had seen this play, considered one of Will's masterpieces. Of course Natalie got a little knowledge of it in her class.
Our favorite things was when one of Falstaff's men is hung. Interestingly enough, this was just before intermission, and they left the poor bugger hanging there for quite a long time as the audience left the theatre for a break.
Another very effective moment was the staging of a fleet of Henry's ships sailing to France. By use of a moveable door that angled downward from the back of the stage, the actors, all 45 of them, each carrying a metal pole with one or two sails on it came up from behing the raised end of the lower bridge/door, and walked downward and off the stage and up the aisles! The effect was of a fleet coming over the horizon, ship after ship! C'est magique.
Shakespeare of course tempered all the killing of the war with comedy, and these seasoned stage actors really know how to bring Shakespeare's literary genius to life.
Natalie was treated to an after stage question and answer session with some of the actors. This stayed in session until just before 6 o'clock, which didn't give us much time to find dinner and return for the 8 o'clock performance of Much Ado, but we managed, and had a fun evening of comedy. I did get a photo of the gorgeous set, but with my camera only.
Back at the B&B, we tumbled into bed, exhausted, but happy.
Monday, July 09, 2012
I am back at Stratford, Ontario, this time with my granddaughter, Natalie.
She is doing a 5-day acting camp, and I am using this time to paint. She meets her class in front of the festival theatre each morning, and once they were gone, I walked around the gardens to see if there was something that interested me.
I decided to sit on the bench and paint the water lily pond. Those of you that know me and my work, know that I rarely paint flowers of any kind, same goes with gardens. But, I told my husband that I might paint the gardens, and this just seemed so convenient.
I decided to use one of the Rosemary brushes I'd won in the Adirondacks. An Ivory, synthetic, flat about #2? 1/4" wide. And a homemade panel, acrylic primed 8-ply museum board. Had a nice feel to it, and I think I like this brush. Susie, don't choke. Since I figured this painting was just me 'attempting flowers', I had nothing to lose.
I met the gardeners. The head 'honchette' was very nice, and she checked on me and my painting a few times. I took a break for lunch, but had made up my mind to just stay here until Natalie finished at 4 pm. I wanted to do a close up painting of the yellow lilies. I just might stay here through Friday and see if I can figure it out.
For those that think painting flowers is a breeze, well, not for me. Still, I enjoyed my time today. And, my new Best Brella showed up on Friday and it works so well, and changes angles so easily that, so far, I am rating this umbrella an A+.
Natalie was worn out, and is napping for an hour now. The weather here is fine and gorgeous! And, I am thinking of waking her for dinner.