JOURNAL 2015

Ireland Visit 2015

Monday, August 10, 2015

View of Cappanawalla Mountain from my workspace . . .

View of Cappanawalla Mountain from my workspace . . .

I spent the morning and most of the afternoon working on my watercolor and charcoal studies. My studies are based on landscape paintings of the Irish painter James Humbert Craig. Craig is known for his many oil paintings of the Connemara landscape – doing studies of his work will prepare me for the time when I can paint my own interpretations of the Connemara landscape next week.

I believe that I’m getting the hang of “Less is More” . . . I’m managing to create lighter watercolor washes and to use a less intense color palette.

Lighter washes with less intense color . . .

In-Progress: Lighter washes with less intense color . . .

Charcoal Study

Charcoal Study

After I felt that I was actually making headway with the watercolor studies I took some time to take an afternoon walk on some back roads that took me past Lough Rask and along the fields that skirt Moneen Mountain. I wanted to take some reference photos for future drawings of the limestone pavement and the mountain.

The first thing that impressed me was the fragrant air – I wished I could bottle that up and take it home with me to Michigan.

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The “back road” is just a country lane . . .

The limestone pavement stretching out to Moneen Mt.

The limestone pavement stretching out to Moneen Mt.

A second view of the same limestone field . . .

A second view of the same limestone field . . .

After I took about 20 reference photographs I turned around to head back to Meadowfield. About halfway back I heard a car approaching from behind and because the road is so narrow I stepped off to the side to let the small car pass. To my surprise the car stopped and I recognized ‘Emma’ who I had met 16 years ago -during the first time I brought students to the Burren College of Art for a study abroad session. She stopped to say hello and welcome me back – it was so nice to see her and nice of her to stop and say hello!