Dublin, Ireland ~ the Custom House, O’Connell Bridge and the Liffey River

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This was basically the very first photo I took in Dublin. It features the Custom House, O’Connell Street Bridge, and of course, the Liffey River. My hostel, Abigail’s, was also very near to there. 
Now, I do believe that I have become quite daft!! I came to the realization while working on this spread, which took two days! It takes me less time to do a full size painting sometimes:) Maybe I should ditch impressionism, and go for photorealism, which tends to better suit my nature, lol! I found myself having to add every single little detail…down to the single bricks in Abigail’s…sigh. Anyone have any tips on drawing architecture more quickly? Lol! Anyways, it was fun, if challenging, and I’m looking forward to my next spread, and revisiting the memories that go along with it.

Published by Tahirih Goffic

After a tumultuous past as a goat milker, laundress, fine art major, waitress and restaurant owner, I've now downscaled to running my own Cafe/Gallery in an effort to maintain a social life and make a few bucks. I live a ridiculously idyllic existence in a fairytale village called Bella Coola on the West Coast of British Columbia with my charming musician husband, two amazingly creative children, and a dog whose favourite past time is eating rotten dead fish and rolling in poo. In my not so spare time I love to invent healthy whole food recipes, write YA fiction, play guitar, or curl up in my favourite chair with a great book and a gigantic mug of strong black coffee, all while daydreaming of living in Ireland...

14 thoughts on “Dublin, Ireland ~ the Custom House, O’Connell Bridge and the Liffey River

  1. This is stunning – absolutely stunning! Well laid out, beautifully drawn, and great lettering. I do not do journal pages, just the art, and I will take an inordinate amount of time of a page. Why? I ask myself the same thing. 🙂


  2. Oh yeah, I've seen this when I was in a bus heading towards Galway… =) Such a beautiful city, and you definitely brought it out on your journal. The details are stunningly superb!
    Thanks for the comments too BTW


  3. Thanks so much, everyone. Idcoach, it's a Daler-Rowney, Cachet. It's called the Earthbound Recycled Sketchbook. I just love it. It opens flat, has 78 sheets of unlined paper, it's 100% recycled and Acid free…the paper stands up well to watercolor, and is fairly heavy.


  4. Your sketch is remarkable. I Love the way you've used the colour to push the background back and to add interest to the details in the foreground. Delightful!


  5. Just wonderful what you have done. If it takes time, it takes time. That's just the way it is. I can spend days on details on one drawing and be really slapdash with others. I sense you are more consistent.


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