Ginnie Cappaert's Blog

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

"I haven't been everywhere - bit it's on my list" - unknown

Having just returned from a 2 week painting expedition to the amazing island of Ireland, I find myself back in my 'white' Michigan studio surroundings so inspired to bring the suggestion of rocky cliffs, sea shores, crashing waves, fog and green land into my work.  Although it is 'white' here - it was very 'green' there...and I don't think I have ever seen so many cows or sheep in my life!
I loved the city-scene in Dublin...the pubs, the art, but as you know, it is the quiet countryside where I feel the most peace...and where inspiration from the landscape resonates with me and my art.

The landscape was breathtaking, and although it is their winter as well, we really experienced some nice weather which made our hiking and exploring days the best!
Yes!  This really is how 'green' it was there!  I was with a group of wonderful artists from all over the world, painting in a remote little village  in the North Mayo area.  A few of us would take a break from some intense studio work to 'explore a road less traveled' which indirectly affected our work when we returned to the studio.
I was in awe of the landscape, I can still feel the breeze, the textures and the colors as I work in my studio today in Michigan!
As I would walk through the  village, I couldn't help but notice this beautiful variety of hydrangea's!  I can see that color inspiring some pieces as well.  The village we stayed in was tiny, with their pastures all around.  Seeing farmers herding their sheep and being greeted every morning by some sweet cows as I walked to my studio was a real treat.
The textures of Ireland really inspired my work while there.  I can see my 'horizon' lines in my paintings becoming more rough, jagged and textured.  On one of our hikes we explored a fossil beach which was amazing...again it's the texture that inspires me.
This adventure to Ireland was definitely a 'journey of discovery'... a chance to know myself, focus on my work and experience some solitude mixed with the energy of other great artists that I am happy to now include in my 'artist friend' list.  Memories....where shall I paint next...hmmm.....

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