The first of the large pieces on wood from the replica Jeanie Johnston ship. The dress is made of watercolor painted rice paper collage. Acrylic, charcoal and china marker used for the rest of the piece. And she so makes me smile! Again, huge thanks to Ann for providing the wood! Only one piece remaining to be painted. I may have to start begging for wood in the town square.
Yesterday was halcyon. Sunny, clear, breezy and warm. We stashed away our raincoats and sweaters, and made every excuse to go outside. So when local legend Damian Stack asked if we wanted to go touring, we didn't hesitate. Diane threw her painting gear in the "boot" (the trunk) just in case it became paint o'clock.
First stop, a local store where Winegums were on sale. Second stop, a famine cemetery which I previously saw at night, this time made perfect for photos by the setting sun.
From this point forward, the next three hours were a blur. Careening around blind curves at a million kph as we chased the sun once more, we leapt in and out of the car for pictures, dazzled by the shadows of 16th century castles and churches.
A brief tutorial on car parts as we zipped toward Lislaughtin Abbey - learning about "boots" and "bonnets". Damian telling Diane she locked his keys in the trunk at one stop. Ever the prankster. We'd seen the Abbey before, but on a rainy day. This time we were dazzled by the sun's glow through pane-less windows, mimicking the stained glass which was there long ago. Read more about the abbey and about Ballylongford village here: Irish Treasures