Ireland

It’s turned into a beautiful day.  But I’m not going out to sketch as I’ve had a very painful knee for several days.  I’m using some treatments that are working and it feels much better today.  But I don’t want to push it too much.  I’ve walked about 10 miles already this week and it got worse.  So a couple days of rest are in order.

Thus, I’m still painting from photos.  This is from one I took in 1978 in County Galway, Ireland showing a rainbow over fields with dry stone walls.  I’m trying out a pad of 5×7 inch Fabriano 140# hot press paper.  I didn’t think I liked hot press.  But I did enjoy painting on this.

During the academic year of 1977-1978, I studied in England, at Leeds.  During that time I took 2 trips to Ireland.

One was a backpacking trip in December during which I stayed in Youth Hostels and traveled with another student.  On the ferry from England to Ireland I was questioned aggressively by the police about whether I was carrying anything for someone, why I was going to Ireland (asked several times in different ways), whether I knew anyone in Ireland, etc.  This was during the height of the “troubles” in Ireland.  I was dressed in my hiking (walking, in British English) rain jacket, jeans, boots and carrying a backpack.

The second time was with my mother in the spring.  I was better dressed and using a suitcase as we would be renting a car.  I was also with my (then) 67 year old mother.  Not a single question was asked of me when we boarded the ferry.  That’s what I call profiling!

And our rental red Ford Fiesta was broken into while parked at night on the street.  The B&B owner said the IRA liked to steal that kind of car to use as a car bomb.  Oh, great, now they tell us!

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About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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