Tomorrow, I will be fulfilling a dream that I have had for a long time. I am leaving for Ireland for three weeks. The trip will consist of four days in Dublin, five days driving around the south and then twelve days touring the west coast.
I have had a provocative relationship with Ireland for many years. It has been calling to me through books, movies and stories for at least two decades. I am adopted and it was about that long ago that I found out that my father was Irish.
I have put the trip on the back burner for a long time, but about six months ago I decided it was time to go.
Dingle on the west coast
So this will be part soul journey for me, part just exploring a very interesting culture and being curious how the wet and green environment there will influence my painting.
I really want to pay attention to ancient symbols and figures that I will see. I want to look at Irish art, the landscape, the sea and the cliffs. It will be a total contrast to New Mexico.
Newgrange, built about 4000 BC.
I don’t plan to paint while I am there. I just want to absorb everything that is around me. And I want to be an adventurist.
The photos on this page are some of the sites I will be visiting.
This will be my last post until I get back in June. I will let you know how it went.
My abstract landscape painting class continues through the month of October. The pace of the class is actually perfect. We have an assignment every day. One day we paint or do a mixed media piece and the next day we have a chance to catch up with assignments and gather ideas by looking at other abstract painter’s websites or watching a particular art video. One video we watched was by Colorado artist Krista Harris. I was struck by something she said about knowing when a painting is finished. “Work is never really finished. You let it go just so you can get on to the next one.” I can identify with that.
This week I had three painting assignment, each different from the other. At the beginning of the week we painted a landscape from a photograph that was taken on the road from Dublin to Cork by our teacher Pauline Agnew. It was the first actual painting and was not to be done in a particularly abstract way. The most challenging part for me was the sky. I do not usually go into such detail in my own paintings. Here is the painting:
Road from Dublin to Cork, acrylic on paper, 20×24-inches.©Ann Hart Marquis
The following assignment was completely different but also an abstract landscape. It was a mixed-media piece using charcoal, ink, and acrylic paint. Again we used a photograph of what seemed like an overgrowth of trees, limbs, and leaves. I thought at first it would we difficult for me, but I very much enjoyed the project and will do one again soon. Here it is:
Limb to Limb, mixed media on paper, 20×24-inches. ©Ann Hart Marquis
You, like my teacher are free to offer opinions. I would appreciate it.