Plein Air Paintings of Ireland

I can’t believe I never posted these paintings I did in Ireland in May. I got all caught up editing photos and getting back to work afterwards that I never shared them here. Well, here they are! We were incredibly lucky with the weather. I recall only a few days of rain in our three weeks over there which was perfect for outdoor painting. The sun was shining and it was hot! That’s not what you usually think of when you think of Ireland – in fact, I wouldn’t have minded some overcast wet days. They would have made for some beautiful moodiness in our photos instead of all that lovely sunshine! (totally not complaining)

We loved Ireland and there is still so much for us to see and do. The people were incredible, friendly and funny and really easy to talk to. We were swarmed a couple times while painting these and it’s always a fun experience to hear where other people are visiting from. We get the occasional questions like “You should do this for a living!” and “Are you art students?” And sometimes people sneak up behind us, stick their hands over our heads with their phones to take a photo, and block out all of the light without realizing it. If I ever appear in your relatives’ photo albums please let me know!

If you’re interested in prints of any of my paintings, check out my Etsy shop. Chantal also made some lovely paintings – you will recognize the subjects!

I enjoyed making little these drawings at restaurants and pubs when I was waiting for my food.

Glendalough

Wreck of the Plassy on Inisheer

Old seaweed bathhouse in Enniscrone

A little Irish cottage

Poulnabrone dolmen in the Burren, County Clare.

An old ruin in a graveyard, Castlegregory

Blarney Castle

St.Stephen’s Green in Dublin

Sketching the Wreck of the Plassy on Inisheer, the smallest of the Aran Islands