Friday, January 23, 2015

Irish Green Pastures (Workshop in Ireland 2015) - Day 22 of #jan30in30

6"x6" oil on archival panel

When I was a 'wee little girl' old enough to read, my mother gave my a tiny little book with the Twenty-third Psalm. It was a little accordion-fold booklet, beautifully illustrated. Of course as a child, I think it's difficult to have the "big picture' in life...but I loved the pretty little sheep in the illustrations, and the verse was beautiful (and a bit mysterious when it came to the valley of the shadow of death, but I understood it as a scary place!), I read it over and over until it became quite worn from use. 

Now when I think of that verse....I have a picture of western Ireland in my head! Beautiful green pastures; and (sometimes) still waters. But it restores my such a way...that it assures me of those "thin places" in the world  - places where we feel closest to God...and our spirit soars!

I'm returning there this summer, to paint and teach. I hope that you'll join me. Our host Barbara Mastaglio is an American, who owns a cottage over on Valentia Island, (in county Kerry), and lives there part of the year. She has been hosting artist retreats for almost ten years now, and I have to admit I have been on most of them! I taught there last summer, and am returning with some of our merry crew this summer as well. 
2015 Painting Workshop in Ireland
on Valentia Island in the Ring of Kerry, Ireland
June 28 - July 5, 2015
Price: $2500 per person 
Come and experience great painting, great food, great wine and beer, and great company! 

Claim your space - Here's what's included:
Painting on and around Valentia Island and the Ring of Kerry

 1. 7 Nights accommodations at a charming B&B (double occupancy)
 2. Daily classes, demonstrations and critiques with Roxanne
 3. Transportation to/from Shannon Airport which is the arrival/departure point   on  arrival/departure point on arrival/departure day.
 4. Transportation to/from tour sites, restaurants and stores where needed.
 5. Daily full breakfasts.
 6. 6 lunches and 2 dinners.
 7. Arrangements and transportations for restaurants.
 8. On location painting/photo/sketch at areas most beautiful sites.
 9. All taxes and Free WiFi.
10. Our workshop host is Barbara Mastaglio.

What's not included: 
1. Airfare.
2. Single room surcharge $550.

Register here:

Please contact me with any questions you might have regarding this trip and if it's for you. Is plein air painting something you've always wanted to try?! This is the year YOU can go to Ireland. 

 And there you have it - this could be YOU!


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Blogger Julie Ford Oliver said...

Love the painting and the sheep make it so real.
Ireland is gorgeous and certainly enjoys many wonderful greens. The thought of having a workshop there is enticing.
I lived there for a couple of years before arriving in America. Right by the water. As I is gorgeous.

January 24, 2015 at 3:34 PM  
Blogger Roxanne Steed said...

Thanks so much Julie! Yes, I can't wait to get back to Valentia Island for a visit! I really enjoyed teaching there last summer. I also enjoy getting to share this wonderful place with other creative people! It's such a beautiful adventure - great to see it through others eyes that are new to the place!

January 24, 2015 at 7:30 PM  

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