Friday, September 20, 2013

Ladies View, Killarney National Forest, Ireland

8"x10" oil on linen mounted on archival panel
For more information, or to purchase, click here.

I've been back home for a week and a half now. Lots of things going on here at home, birthdays for me and my hubby, which is always fun- we tend to celebrate for the both of us all week!  The latest "twist in family life" is that my mom (80+ years old) needs an appendectomy...at least it's not an emergency and they had time to schedule this, so I'll be going down to FL to stay with her during this episode! 

My visit to Ireland flew by so quickly! I really did savor each day.  The weather was quite beautiful and was the sunniest I'd ever spent over there! On Wednesday of our week there, our group went over to Killarney National Forest. In the morning we stopped at Ross Castle.  I had never been in to tour the place, though I had seen the outside a few times.  So rather than setting up my oil painting rig that morning, I took the tour of the castle, and still had a bit of time to get a quick sketch in my watercolor sketchbook!


After lunch in Killarney, we went through the National Forest to Ladies View, our painting spot for the afternoon.  Brilliantly sunny, the cloud shadows on the mountains were changing constantly, as was the light effects.  But it was quite an interesting challenge. I determined I wanted to get the big shapes down quickly as the light effects were changing quite rapidly, this first painting is almost abstract in its view and effect (shown at the top of this post).  By the time I finished this one, I still had some time left for another start. The light had changed a bit more in this same view, a short while later. I wanted to experiment with these two pieces since I had the time and location to do so. The first one was done with almost all brush, the second with almost all palette knife.  The experiment was interesting for me.   
(For more information or to purchase this view, 
"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. 

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7 Comments:

Blogger Jane Hunt said...

Roxanne, beautiful piece - I've really enjoyed following your journey!

September 20, 2013 at 7:30 PM  
Blogger Roxanne Steed said...

Thanks so much Jane! I've been thinking about you out there in flood territory-

September 21, 2013 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger Julie Ford Oliver said...

What beautiful color harmony in this jewel of a painting.
I lived in Ireland for two years so your blog has been very special in bringing back memories.
Shame about your paint spreaders (great name by the way)
Hope your mothers op goes well...and she is a good patient!

September 24, 2013 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger Roxanne Steed said...

Thanks Julie! I did get new "paint spreaders" ordered & hope to have them waiting for me when I get back home! :-)

September 24, 2013 at 6:04 PM  
Blogger Roxanne Steed said...

btw, where in Ireland did you live? I've enjoyed my travels there over the years, it's such a beautiful and friendly place!

September 24, 2013 at 6:59 PM  
Blogger Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Glad to hear your trip to Ireland went well. Your landscapes are a joy to behold, colors so pretty I wanna eat 'em with a spoon.

September 25, 2013 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Roxanne Steed said...

Diane, it was such a delight to be able to go back! Looking forward to next summer and see the place again, visit friends, and maybe even explore some new regions that I haven't seen yet! Thanks for your kind words- art is such a joy, we are lucky people to be painters, aren't we!

September 25, 2013 at 11:01 AM  

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