" . . . painting the looser side of realism . . ."
Writing about my life as an artist, plein air painting, traveling and whatever else might intrigue me.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Ireland or Bust: Part 3, Doolin
December 2005, painting at the foot of the Cliffs of Moher, using the same Yarka easel that I'd taken to India at the beginning of that year. I'm wearing about 5 layers of stuff including my Carharts.
And here they are, at least what I could fit in the frame with one photo.
About 8am, Martin said the waves were around 30 feet.
He's the engineer and technical advisor, I just trust his judgement.
After painting, we decided to have a drive around and headed back inland. Such fun to come across this sweet little thatched "Sweets Shop".
And suddenly, we saw this!
These babies are hard to find now-a-days. This was the real thing, and I had to stop and paint it. At around noon, the sun came out and the temperatures dropped. My hands were freezing, but I was really happy to have painted this cottage. I hope that we see it again this year, I'd try again if the roads aren't busy with traffic.
Permanent Collections : Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio Supreme Court, Ohio Historical Society, Central Ohio Diabetes Association, Open Heart Recovery Unit, University Hospital, Baltimore, MD, Richmond Art Museum, IN; Private collections in the US, England, France and New Zealand
"Debra Joyce Dawson paints colorful, evocative outdoor landscapes. She travels extensively, and her paintings can serve as a painterly travelogue to India, Bhutan, England, Ireland, as well as to her more local surroundings. Her medium of choice is oil, with preparatory sketches in graphite, charcoal, pen or watercolor. Some works are small and completed en plein air; other works are larger and more complex renderings done in her studio. Her energy and delight in color, light, and shape are dazzling. But she never surrenders her subject, and each building, boat, hillside, or human figure is carefully pinned to the picture plane in the context of its surroundings. This places her in the best context of American Impressionism, whether one considers John Singer Sargent or Ohio’s own Alice Schille or Edward Henry Potthast." - Susan Talbot-Stanoway, Director Zanesville Museum of Art