Monday, January 17, 2011

Ireland Postcard Paintings

These two paintings are postcard paintings, literally.  Winsor & Newton and other watercolor paper manufacturers sell pads of postcard size watercolor paper, with one side pre-printed with spaces for the recipient address and a message.  These postcard pads are great for making quick sketch paintings while traveling.  
These two paintings are quick sketches I made while traveling in Ireland this fall.  The Catholic Church in Adare was once the Trinitarian Abbey, which was founded in 1230. It was restored in the 19th century.  My friends Jaime and Tom were married there an it was an absolutely beautiful place for a small wedding.  It felt intimate and steeped in history!  
 With a history spanning back to the 1840s, the Limerick Milk Market (formerly the Corn Market) continues to thrive today.  Since June of last year, the market was redeveloped as an all-weather, all year round market space, accommodating major markets on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  I was highly impressed with the variety and quality of stalls at the market, including produce, bakeries, cheese/meat, and prepared food vendors.  I stumbled into the market, while I waited for my rented bike and found it a delightful place to meander and nibble the afternoon away.

What are you favorite farmer's markets?  
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