Thursday, 7 June 2012

Lakes, forests and plenty of animals...

rainy window painting acrylic on canvas
Finished it - A view less boring - acrylic 40 x 50cm

rainy window a view through a rain streaked window painting acrylic on canvas


So we had a lovely time in Fermanagh.  If you're wondering where it is, click here . We'd been camping there (as in actual camping in a tent not comfort camping in a caravan!) a few years ago and decided to go back.  It's lovely, being the lake district of Northern Ireland and probably super lovely if you're into boats and going out on the lakes and whatnot, but we came to the conclusion at the end of this trip that we really like big long beaches to walk the dogs along and so, going to a landlocked county was never really going to cut it for us! That said, what with all the countryside, there were plenty of animals grazing out in the fields that we took lots of photos of for future paintings.  The farmers must've thought we were proper city folk who'd never seen a cow before!

Credit S: Guess what I'll be painting soon!


How cute is this wee fella?



The caravan park was nice and relatively small.  Unluckily right on the other side of a big hedge from where we were pitched was the children's play area with the path leading to it running right past our caravan - cue kids on (very squeaky) bikes going past a lot and prompting Brodie to go into 'fierce protect mode' i.e yap constantly at everything she perceives as a threat to her territory!!  We spent most of the days out and about anyway so it thankfully it didn't matter too much.

Credit S: Enniskillen

Credit S: One of many forest walks

Credit S: Lough Erne
On the Sunday we drove to Roscommon in the Republic of Ireland to visit friends of S's who've just bought a wonderful quirky old cottage with 2 acres of land way out in the middle of nowhere - I loved it! We'd decided on a barbeque (tempting the weather) and in typical Irish fashion Sunday dawned grey and miserable. Not to be detered we  put on several layers of clothing and warmed up with a few alcholic beverages (apart from poor S who had to drive us back later that night!) I came armed with veggie burgers and salad and once the meateaters had satisfied their hunter gatherer instincts and sufficiently cooked the animals they'd caught bought at the supermarket, we headed indoors and ate our meal in front of a roaring fire where we stayed for the rest of the day! You can always tell when you've had a good time as next thing you know, several hours had passed, it was 10.30pm and we still had a 2 hour drive back to Blaney.

We had been told that the Olympic torch would be arriving in Fermanagh at 12 on Tuesday, the day we were due to leave.  Being the bah humbugs we are about the whole Olympics thing, we packed up early and set off at 10am lest we set eyes on the damn thing. 

Anyway, it was wonderful just to be away and off work.  I did take my watercolours and sketch pad with me but they didn't see the light of day.  I did however take lots of close up photos of wild flowers using the super macro on my camera which is my current obsession.




While S was busy photographing the sunset I was more concerned with this dandelion clock!



Daisies are so pretty for something we consider a weed!
I'm linking as always to Paint Party Friday and my favourite gathering of wonderfully creative folk.

34 comments:

  1. Next time you have to take me too! Hiding in a pocket or something ;oD The baby donkey is adorable! Wonderful photos!

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  2. Oh what lovely photos. I love that camera. wow. I saw your dog pix below too and how adorable they are. My monitor is acting up so the colors are not what they are right now so will have to come back again for a better look. Your painting came out good too. HPPF.

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  3. Wow, what amazing photo's! I LOVE the cow, lol!
    I am trying to work out what is sitting on the fence behind the donkey's head? It looks like an enormous bird! I can't work it out even by zooming in!
    It looks like the most stunning place. Don't you just hate going back to work?
    Anyway, I'll be looking forward to seeing the cow!
    I'll be posting my latest bear over the next few days :0)

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    1. Ha, you're right actually - it's a giant bird statue! There was a house up behind the field that the donkeys were in! Looking forward to seeing your next complete bear - you really should post them on Paint Party Friday you know!

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  4. That painting is amazing! I love how you've captured the water. Your holiday sounds lovely and I enjoyed all of the pics! Can't wait to see the painting to go with it. So glad to have you in the swap again this year too. Happy PPF!

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  5. Awesome photos! I really love that cow close up. :) Great painting as well. Love the bold color you added.

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  6. Stunning photographs. And your large acrylic is amazing ... wow. I will be back to see more of your art, and will follow you.

    Happy PPF and I am glad I clicked on your link.

    Was in Ireland last fall and just fell in love with the country. We were there 9 days, and am curious to see if we were anywhere where you spoke about.

    Nancy

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  7. Gorgeous photos- and I LOVE the rainy window at the beginning. GREAT post!
    Happy PPF!
    Stephanie

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  8. After reading your comment, I think I am going to find another picture of pigs' feet to put up on the blog posting for PPF. I, too, love animals (I have a therapy dog, btw), and realize that is a bit insensitive to show.

    Thanks for your comment, Miss Pixie(point)...
    Nancy

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    1. Nancy, that's really thoughtful of you. I didn't mean it to sound like a criticism of you more just the sad fact that pickled in a jar was the only way to study pigs' feet.

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  9. What an incredible trip. that baby donkey is adorable as are all the animals. Happy PPF

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  10. Fond memories I have of my trip to Ireland ~ fantastic photos ~ and love your painting ~ jazzy ~~thanks, namaste, (A Creative Harbor)

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  11. Man, these are some amamamamamazing pictures! Can't wait to see what you do with that cow's snout and your magic paint touch...

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  12. Love your work and your photos are breathtaking!!!! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!!!

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  13. Oh my goodness, I love all your photos!! There beautiful. I love the painting also, so creative. Happy PPF!

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  14. your photos continue to blow my mind and I can't wait too see that cow nose!!!!! sounds like it was a fun time and I feel like I was along for the ride a bit which is quite lovely...xx

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  15. I am sighing again, jealous of your fantastic scenery. Love all the animal photos. Can't wait to see them become Pointy Paintings. Burros have got to be some of the cutest creatures on the planet. Your friend's cottage in the middle of nowhere sounds heavenly to me.

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  16. The photos are nice, but I love your work, spots of colors with drops or chorreones of water, sALUDOS

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  17. OMG your photos are a plethora of amazing inspiration for great paintings!! The cow with the drips, can you just imagine how wonderful that painted image would be! The flowers are breathtaking, so are the weeds!! Just an amazing post, thanks for sharing!!! Love your artwork too....wow jam packed with great party pleasers here!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  18. Hi Nicola. Wow! What great photos. Exceptional. Your painting too is just awesome. Sounds like your outings were a lot of fun, yay for that! Have a wonderful weekend. Happy PPF.

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  19. Okay you have heard 100 times already I am sure that your photos are outofthisworld amazingly cool! the close up on the animals so beautiful even a drooling cow! And the flowers, well, my love of them oggles the beauty you captured.
    reading of your camping adventures was quite fun as well. Especially about the hunters (at the supermarket) getting their meat quota for the season/or day. ;-) HPPF!

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  20. I love the painting! So amazing how you can capture rain so beautifully.

    Your vaacation looked gorgeous - so nice to go to Northern Irelan vicariously through you!

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  21. Your rain paintings are so awesome!!!! Love the story of your vacation and all your great photos. My fav is the cow nose. Happy PPF! :-)

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  22. That painting is so cool--looks like raindrops on a window when it's all gray outside. And I'm awwwwwing over all your animal pics. So cute. Love the flower shots too. My photos of nature are sadly never that crisp and clear.

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  23. Gorgeoug paintings!!
    And I especially love that first photo! Wow!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  24. oh...i love your painting...your photos are amazing..i love the daisy with the structure behind it and those dandilions...wowsers...and you sound as though you had a lovely relaxing time...i must admit i am not a camper...lol...take care...xxx

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  25. You and S have such wonderful eyes - These are great views (both painted and photographed!) I'll look forward to seeing a painting of that nose soon :)

    xo
    Kristin

    p.s. Did you finish watching "Work of Art"? I've been so curious to find out what you thought about the winner!

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  26. Wonderful painting, I really love the colours, with those vibrant reds and oranges, and how managed to achieve an almost three dimensional feel. One just feels like one has to wipe away the water.
    Beautiful photographs too. Looks like a nice place! I'm trying to remember if we passed through that area when I was traveling up there in Northern Ireland. It was over 10 years ago, but I think I'd remember if we were there. I can never get enough of taking close ups of dandelion. They are so fascinating, and always make great pictures.
    I didn't do as many sketches as I wanted on my holiday, but you can always make some afterwards using the photographs.

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  27. Oh, look at the little donkey. He's adorable. Lots of lovely photos but I keep scrolling back up to him, LOL.

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  28. Your painting is amazing!!! I can almost fell the water running. Great job!! I love all the pictures of you camping trip too!

    Have a great day!
    Nora

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  29. Beautiful scenery and lovely photos and I love that you get inspirations from your paintings from your own shots. I'll have to travel with my camera more often than I already do! :)

    I cannot believe the above image is a painting! You've done so well...I am loving the effect! Great job, as always, amiga!

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  30. What a great view! I love how you render water on glass!! Thait place in Northern Irelsnd must be very cool! I've never been in Ireland, but it's one of my "to go" places. :)

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