Fly Away With Me ~ Caherciveen Ireland

Fly Away With Me ~ 6″ x 8″ oil on canvas panel
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Oh…to fly away to Ireland again…I wish I could. Maybe not quite yet, judging from the fantastic storms they’re having right now, I might not want to be there. But soon. Please…soon 🙂
This building looked like a castle from a fairytale to me, but it was called the Barracks, in Caherciveen. 
Caherciveen was a little coastal village that I stayed in, as a departure point for my trip to the Skellig Islands, where the ancient beehive monastery perches on top of a spire of mountain rising out of the sea. The evening before my trip, I spied a castle ruin in the distance and decided to go for a walk. It didn’t look very far, but the road meandered in it’s typically irish way, and it took me a few hours to reach my destination, Ballycarberry Castle. The ruins were fascinating, and I spent a while exploring inside, where it was dark and spooky…imagining duels in the narrow tower stairwell.
Anyways, on my way back to my hostel the sun was starting to go down, and when I reached the Barracks, it was illuminated by the golden light of the setting sun (it’s actually a whitewashed building) As I stopped to snap pictures, the multitude of birds perched along it’s spires and rooftops burst into flight…and I ended up with this.
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Ballycarbery Castle at Sunset, Ireland

Ballycarbery Castle at Sunset, Ireland 12″ x 18″ oil on canvas
$600.00
So…here’s a new one I just put the finishing touches on today. It’s something different for me, as I usually don’t paint landscapes. But I was in love with this reference photo. I took it on my trip to Ireland, in 2009, and I still remember what the day smelled like! Warm sun on hay, horse manure, salt air from the ocean. I had so much anticipation of actually reaching the castle itself, so I could explore, and it was about a five mile walk…There was a little black and white kitty that was rubbing itself on my legs while I was taking photos, and the hedge on the right hand side was amazing. It was fuschia, which I didn’t even know grew like a hedge! It was about five feet tall, and went for miles along the side of the road. Beautiful! 
Prints will be available from my etsy shop in the next few days…
Cheers!
Oh! I almost forgot!  Mojo377creations of etsy, featured my painting “Owl in the Mist” in her etsy treasury today…It’s called “I met Alice Last Night”, and is a clever and beautiful collection of Alice-in-Wonderland themed handmade items. Check it out HERE.