Thursday, September 26, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
Ladies View, Killarney National Forest, Ireland
"Ladies View, II", please click here. )
I really enjoyed coming back to this familiar view. It's been painted by thousands of artists from all over the world, it's quite an amazing view, in any season, any weather.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
The Skellig Experience - continuing the Irish Travels Tale
For more information, or to purchase, click here. Plein air view of Little Skellig and Skellig Michael from our host's home, "Art on the Ring of Kerry" with Barbara Mastaglio.
On Tuesday, during our Irish painting expedition the weather and seas were fine enough to take the journey off shore to visit Skellig Michael. The small boat ride out is not bad at all, but the trip to the top can be a bit precarious. This place looks like a pyramid shaped rock roughly 7-10 miles off the coast of Ireland from Valentia Island. A visitor center called, "The Skellig Experience" shows a film about what you are about to see and experience, and is one of the places you can catch a boat out to the skellig. Once you're out there, there's no 'messing about'. This was my fifth or sixth trip out there (jeez, I've lost count now), and they currently have added a guide to meet you near the base of the rock to let you know that not everyone has to climb up there to experience the place. After all, it IS quite steep, there are about 700 steps to the top (who's counting?!) and it IS a strenuous trip up there. Many in our group chose to stay near the base of the skellig- that gave them about an hour or so to sketch. You really can't take much with you out there as you don't want a lot of weight to drag up those stairs if you choose to take the trip up. You DO need to be 'hands free' for what ever you decide to take, a VERY small back-pack/day-pack or cross-body strapped bag is about all that you would want to have with you. Just enough to hold your camera, a bottle of water to drink (note- there IS NO restroom). On the various trips out there I've found that while the trip across the water can be cool or windy, once you're at the top within the place where the monks lived, it's almost like a warm little micro-climate. You'll be peeling off your layers and tying them around your waist.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Come to Ireland With Me!! (and how NOT to get busted in security!)
So, without further ado- I can't wait to tell you- I'm offering a workshop at this wonderful place next summer! You can get the quick info at this link for "Art on the Ring of Kerry". You'll want to claim your spot pronto as there is limited room! It's a wonderful opportunity to feel like a local (take it from one who has returned to this magical place many times), I'd hate for you to miss out on this!
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
St. Finian's Bay - SOLD! and your invitation to Ireland!
Labels: art retreats to Ireland, Ireland paintings, Oil paintings of Ireland, painting workshop in Ireland, plein air packing & travel, Roxanne Steed Fine Art, St. Finian's Bay Ireland, Valentia Island Ireland