For the majority of our Ireland trip we stayed at the Essence of Mulrany, an Artist retreat in Mayo County Ireland. To reach our destination we took the west bound train from Dublin to Westport. The train ride was very comfortable and quite enjoyable. I had time to converse with friends, read and even do a few sketches using my Derwent Graphite/Charcoal Sketching Wallet while in route. The wallet includes water-soluble pencils, graphite and tinted charcoal pencils. You can see my test squares on the right of the first image.
The Essence of Mulrany, is up on the hill side. The large studio area is setup for a variety of artistic pursuits. The majority of our group, including my husband, are glass artists and they enjoyed utilizing the studio's glass working facilities.
The location provided us with tranquil views of Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick in the distance. Offering an ever changing panoramic dance of clouds and shadows moving across the water and land. The beauty of the country side called to me.
I rotated between painting view from the large picture window in the lounge, painting from photos taken during our group outings, and plein air sketching while wandering the neighborhood.