Carriage Horse at St. Stephen’s Green

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I now have total respect for the dude (or dudette) that invented the wheel! Or anyone that can paint them well…OMG! I spent an hour on that smaller wheel, and it’s still not right! It was right, in pencil, once, then I inked it and screwed it all up! (Which I tend to do a lot)  Lol! Anyways…watercolor doesn’t really do what I want on this paper…I guess because it’s not white it makes everything a tad muddy…but oh well, I’m still pretty happy with this one.  It still took all day. I might have to take a few days off of the sketchbook and do some “serious” art, so my hubby starts taking my “stay at home artist” act seriously, though:P.  
A little factoid for you all…Carriage, as it is written on my pic, was actually written on the pavement…parking spots for horses!

Christ Church Cathedral and the Synod Hall, Dublin

This was such a beautiful site. The cathedral itself, which is off to the right, and the Synod Hall, which is actually an add-on from the late 1800’s, I believe. It was formerly a church, and was built around the tower which is much older. It now houses a permanent display on Medieval and Viking Dublin, called Dublinia. 
The actual picture isn’t quite so whitish…the scanner really reflected off of the pastel which, in reality is a lot more muted. It get’s the point across anyways, I think. It was raining…Hard! But, in typical Ireland fashion, it cleared up in about ten minutes and I was on my way. Here in Bella Coola, if it starts raining, it doesn’t usually stop for two or three days (or weeks!)

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.

New Travel Sketchbook Started

“On the Road” 
Here’s my first spread of my Ireland, UK, and Italy themed travel sketchbook. I am so annoyed with  myself for not actually keeping one while I was there and experiencing it all fresh, but I just had NO TIME to sketch. I was at a flat out run almost all day every day with no time to stop. I sure learned a lesson in travelling…so next time I’ll plan an itinerary that gives me time to stop, sketch, and actually experience the places I go. But for now, you’ll have to be happy with my impressions, memories, and sketches from photos. 
I’m excited! I love beginnings!