Saturday, June 18, 2016

Painting the Irish Countryside

Three Harbor Views, Kinvara 6"x6" watercolors, Linda Knoll
I've just returned from a trip to the Southwest part of Ireland. Our group stayed in a little town called Lisdoonvarna, a small town know for it sulphur water and Matchmaking Festival. Our hostess at the Burren Painting Center arranged daily trips to points of interest and gave us lots of time to sketch and paint.

We ventured to several coastal towns, castles, and natural wonders in the part of Ireland called the Burren, a plateau of limestone rock jutting out of the ocean. The history, natural and cultural, was fascinating. There were rock walls everywhere, filled with fossils and flowers!

Rock walls cover Innisheer island.

Four days of the trip were occupied with a plein air watercolor workshop presented by Grahame Booth, a wonderful watercolor painter from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Below are a few of my favorite photos, and paintings I did while I was there. More paintings to come now that I'm back in the studio!

Cliffs of Mohr, on sample paper 5x7" watercolor

Cattle Crossing, 5x7" watercolor pencil

Irish Clouds, 6x8" watercolor

Lilac, 5x7" watercolor

Our tutor, Grahame Booth

After the holiday weekend at Kinvara