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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Monk’s Fishing House, Cong, Ireland

Monk’s Fishing House – Cong, Ireland
Today has been a blessed “stay-at-home” day, doing only what “I want to do” stuff…(I love those days!) I went for a nice long walk with Captain Jack and D.O.G., and once again marvelled at how beautiful it is here, and how lucky I am to live in a place where I can walk for forty five minutes and hardly pass another house. The mists were hanging low today, but it made everything a little more magical, with the orange of the autumn leaves contrasting with the greyness everywhere else. 
I’d meant to use this as a thumbnail (only slightly larger) to plan a painting that I have envisioned, but it ended up being more of a fully realized sketch, and a pretty good value study, as well. It seems I get a bit fascinated with detail, and can’t just stop at a study.
Anyways, this is from a shot I took while in Ireland in 2009. It is near Cong Abbey, and it is the Monk’s Fishing House.  It is equipped with a hole in the floor, so that the monks could drop their nets and fish in the warmth and comfort of their little cottage with the fire blazing in the hearth.  It is thought that a line was connected from the fishing house to the monastery kitchen to alert the cook to fresh fish. is very, very old, assumed to be 15th century. There is more info here if you’re interested.

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.

Serenity – painting a day

Serenity oil on panel 6″x6″  For sale on ebay April 3-10 
SOLD

Hi all, not much to say today, I’m actually on my way out the door, but I wanted to share. I’m really happy with the way this turned out so I was excited to post it. 
The link is active now, so check it out if you’re interested.
Cheers!
Tahirih

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.

Inishmore

“Inishmore” 12×16 oil on panel $400.00

I remember the day when I took the reference photo for this painting so well! I was stuck at an intersection on my rented bicycle behind this pony cart driver on Inishmore Island, in Ireland. We were waiting for about ten other pony carts and bicycles, and a minivan and I took advantage of the moment to ask to take his picture. He has such a magnificently craggy, character-filled face! And he kind of frowned, and looked off in the distance, and said “Fine then, shoot away.” No smile, nothing…but I remember it fondly…

The Irish Busker painting a day daily painting for ebay

“The Irish Busker” 8″x10″ oil on canvas

I came across this delightfully eccentric looking Irish busker in Galway, Ireland in September. I just had to take a picture. I finished painting him in one sitting while attending my table at the above mentioned Arts and Crafts Fair.
Oh yeah, bye the way…I went to Europe…for a month…ahem:) I forgot to mention it. I guess I was worried if I started to write about that trip, I wouldn’t be able to stop. I saw sooooo much! The Uffizzi, the “real” David, by Michelangelo…I climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa, I went for a Gondola ride in Venice, I saw Newgrange in Ireland, and Stonehenge in England…so much! If you want to see some Europe photos feel welcome to check out my Facebook album at: my facebook page.
Anyways, this painting is now for sale on ebay at a very special reduced starting bid, just for you christmas shoppers:) If you want to bid click on my ebay link in the scrolling gallery when the pic comes up. (My hubby is selling a whole bunch of music equipment too, if you’re interested.) Happy Bidding!