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06-29-2013, 08:02 AM
I had a wonderful time in Ireland, and did get in some painting time, but the Irish weather is fickle, so a lovely man named Michael O'Dowd allowed us to use his sheep sheds to paint undercover. The sheep were hanging right around us in the barn yard...Here I am, in the sheep shed, painting in Cloghane, Co.Kerry.:cool:


06-29-2013, 08:39 AM
Tressa, are you loving the new pastels you bought with your casino earnings? I'm envious!

I couldn't respond on your website, but I, too, have the problem of buying colorful art toys and just .... looking at them .... with fear of wasting them or my time. Every piece has to be a masterpiece, for me, and it's become a big problem. I can't even sketch anymore because I end up adding as much detail to the sketch as I can, to the point that it might as well be a painting, but then .... the sketch was done on a lesser surface or with a lesser medium, because I was SKETCHING. :o

06-29-2013, 10:14 AM
I am enjoying them! lol..I have not had time since my return to paint as end of month is brutal for me at work, but I have plans to get out and paint next week with the holiday coming and a little breather between school classes! I have a lot of paintings I brought home that need finishing, due to weather conditions! I would get part of a plein air piece done and rain drops start! lol I have on photo that you can see the drops in the sky where they hit before I got to shelter!:rolleyes: lol
Why could you not respond on my site? I would love to know if there is a problem. I want people to be able to leave their comments!

06-29-2013, 10:52 AM
Great you could make "lemonade". I've heard it doesn't always rain in Ireland... :-D

06-29-2013, 12:32 PM
Haha! Charlie! Actually it really doesn't! :D We had beautiful weather for loads of the time we were there, but it seemed to work out this was when painting was not on the schedule! It was glorious weather in Dublin and rather hot!

06-29-2013, 04:55 PM
Tressa, that looks like so much fun! Love the way they let you sit in the sheep shed out of the sun and paint the view. Would love to see what you painted there. Congratulations on new pastels too! That is always a great joy, I'm still happily gloating over my new Ludwigs.

Valiant, I hear you about new pastel toys and then being afraid to waste them. I was too for a while until I realized that I could make them pay for themselves.

I either work small with the good supplies or trust that if I do something great on sketch paper with student grade pastels, I can redo it on better surface with better pastels. The new version might be even better.

I guess I had to begin to trust my learning curve, that when I get something I like it isn't a lucky fluke but my learning to master that subject. It helped to see the results of doing my cat over and over - the more practice I get with a given subject, the easier it is to do it again.