Sunday, August 30, 2015

Last Days of Summer

Had to go to the beach today, the only way to get relief from this heat wave.  

Saturday, August 22, 2015

San Diego Trolley Station

A break from my work in Ireland to post something I painted on location today,  the San Diego Trolley Station.  I wrestled with this all afternoon to keep my focus on the light and not get caught up in the architectural detail of which there was a-plenty. I had to dip into my emergency stash of dark chocolate to make it through.  

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Late Afternoon Grazing

This field is just down the road from a friend's studio, near Carne Beach, County Wexford. It was a rainy day all morning, we all painted at a small harbor called the Safe, where I was forced to paint out of the back of my car, under an umbrella before giving up and going to the pub for some chowder!  In the afternoon we went to Karen's studio (Swallowsnext Studio) and just across from her studio and down the road a wee bit is this lovely field with sheep grazing!  And then the sun broke through.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wells House - County Wexford

Wells House and Gardens - County Wexford.  This was just a gorgeous Victorian manor with gardens, a farm and lots of land.  The tea room was fabulous and well utilized by all of us because it was a classic weather day in Ireland, all 4 seasons in one day.  It was on and off again with the layers of jackets and sweaters when the sun did shine, then packing up and running for cover when the clouds came over head!  Plein air painting in Ireland is a tad different than in California!  You have to be prepared for everything.  (If you go to Wells House, get the fish chowder).
Above is one of the farm houses with the main house just behind.  Below is one of the outer houses on the grounds. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Slade Castle, County Wexford

Slade is a small fishing village on the Hook Peninsula in County Wexford.  There is a tiny but active harbor just in front of the 15th century Slade castle which isn't visible from this angle.  Still today, many small fishing boats harbor there at the end of the day. The beautiful grass in this field is waist high, and just to the left is where the Irish Sea meets the Atlantic ocean. 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

New Ross

Painted in New Ross, County Wexford.  This was painted on the first day of the Art in the Open Plein Air Festival in Wexford.  It was a windy day with intermittent showers, a challenging day to paint.  But it all turned out well, as you can see below with a picture of me -  so happy to see my first Irish red dot! The Town Council of New Ross purchased my painting at $350 Euro.  What a nice ending to a great week.