Lazy Sunday…

It has been an eventful summer this year, with lots of places explored, I am fortunate to live in a beautiful area of Ireland ‘the Sunny South East’ as they say. We have had exceptionally good weather this year, which also means more time spent in the outdoors. I have even been swimming in the Irish sea, that’s a first, have discovered a lovely long stretched beach in the south east area.

Here are a few pictures from my outdoor adventures, most of them around Wicklow Mountains as you would imagine. It has yet again been a busy year for us in the MR business, but wouldn’t like to be without it. It is extremely rewarding and gives a sense of purpose, being able to do the things you love – to be out in the outdoors and help others at the same time.

I actually did something new that I haven’t done before, I partook in a 5K race http://dfrun.ie/index.php/about-us/news/80-dara-fitzpatrick-memorial-run-medal-to-honour-the-rescue-116-crew and that was really nice. We were come 1500 signed up, and there was a great buzz, and all was for a good cause. I will definitely do it again next year. And after the race I ventured down to Youghal, a place I use to live before moving to Dublin & Wicklow. It was a lovely day for it. It’s nice to make a day out every now and again, I don’t mind driving on my own, and go places. I know my way around Ireland quite well at this stage after 12 years living here.

And now the Autumn is here and with that we have the shorter evenings, where the darkness falls early. This means more time spent indoors, I have lots of things to fill my evenings, doing a course at the moment in Criminal Justice & Criminology which is extremely interesting.

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Between the studies and various MR trainings/rescues I enjoy getting out on my own in the outdoors. Here is a picture from one of my favourite walks, around the upper lake in Glendalough. It’s a good 3-4 hours walk if you take it in an easy pace. I went out on a Wednesday morning, it’s the best time to get out, before it get too busy. This area is the most popular area in Wicklow, with lots of tourists visiting every day in the summer time in particular. And, also locals comes here of course. But we locals, know what time is best to head out to avoid all the crowds, I prefer early mornings. This picture was taken from the view point up on the Spinc, its a fantastic walk and I enjoy taking it walking the road up to the miners village, walking up the zig-zags and then turning left over the bridge and start my climb up to the spinc, walk along the ridge to end up going down all the steps and end up back down at the Glendalough visitor center. By the time I came down it was around 11AM and it started to get really busy.

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This picture is from another walk I did this summer, it’s located not that far from Glandalough, and it’s a shorter walk around 10km, nice if you want to get out of the house to get some fresh mountain air. Here I was walking up towards Brockagh East summit, a walk I have done so many times now I know every rock. These hills are filled with sheep walking around as well, but they seem to be use to people walking by so they don’t really give you that much attention.

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I am not afraid venturing out on my own, once you bring your basic gear such as map, compass, waterproof jacket and trousers, food/snacks, water and wearing a good pair of hiking boots. Then you’re safe. I tend to carry more than a normal hiker would, but I could not get out without being prepared for any eventualities, and I love every second that I spend out there. It always gives me a sense of freedom being out in the nature, it’s quiet, no cars, and all you can hear is an odd raven, and sheep going bah-bah, that’s about it really. and I just love that!

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This picture was taken from CroaghPatrick, a mountain in Westport, co. Mayo. We were out early and saw the sun rising, giving beautiful colours to the surroundings. This was in late July, but the colours looks a bit autumny, don’t they? Views like this beats anything else really.

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Beautiful sunrise at Croaghpatrick, Mayo.

I’m having a lazy Sunday looking back at this summer’s adventures. I have been travelling quite a bit this year, both for work and leisure. The next trip on the agenda is Neuchatel, Switzerland in December, that’s where our head office is located so will go back for our annual Christmas Party and catching up with colleagues. I’ve spent 1,5 month there so far this year, and will go back every now and again. While being over there I have views of the Swiss Alps, the likes of Eiger and Mont Blanc towering in the distance, some 3 hours away. But the sight of them is just amazing.

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This is from across the lake from the B&B I usually stay at, beautiful isn’t it?

Enjoy your Sunday!

 

 

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Waiting at an airport

We have all been waiting at an airport at some stage in our lives. At the moment I am stuck at Zürich airport in Switzerland, and what do you do when you’re stuck at an airport?

What do you do?

Intend to go browsing the duty free shops, but do we really make any bargains I wonder. Or are we just fooled by the marketing, making us believe it is a lot cheaper. It seems to be more aimed.at the ”richer” part of the crowd travelling. Switzerland is one of the most expensive countries I have visited after Norway. Both are nice countries but to me, being from Scandinavia Norway always win of all countries I’ve visited.

Which country is your favourite?

I’m sitting here at one of the restaurants in a comfy chair and doing some people watching, I find that very interesting. You see all sorts really, and everyone is going somewhere. You see some that run around like headless chicken, having that panicky look in their eyes, dragging their clan around with all the bags, criss crossing across the place.

Then you have those that just take it easy, taking their time, giving way to people, and thinking ah well there’s no point in stressing. I fall into that category, I tend to five way to people a lot, letting them run by me, and I just take my time. As I am mostly giving myself enough time when travelling so that I don’t have to run around or stress.

Once I’m seated in the plane I often just nod off and relax, in await for the end destination.

I.like the German part of Switzerland because I can understand what they’re saying, I don’t speak a word French yet, but at some stage I might need to as I will be travelling back and forth.

Today I am flying back home, and that is always a nice feeling. It’s Saturday and know I will have one more day to chill.

I like travelling but it is always nice to get back home to your usual routines.

Ah the feeling of bliss once you are back home!

Here is a picture I took one evening, the lake in Neuchatêl is gorgeous and across you’ll have a view over the alps, you can see Eiger, Mont Blanc to mention a few. Lovely place with lovely views.

Illustrating classic cars

I’m going to tell you a little story, how I come about illustrating classic cars. It all started in early 2012, I think it was, and I got this idea that I wanted to illustrate classic cars. Why classic cars? Well, you see, I have always loved the simplicity of them and all the details in the chrome work. Each car has it’s own character for sure, and there are so many models out there. Take Chevrolet for example, an American car, there are so many different models from the 50’s and 60’s and they are simply gorgeous. You have the Chevy Bel Air, Chevy Impala etc etc. This is not the only reason to why I started to illustrate classic cars. My Dad, was a truck driver and as a tribute to him I started out doing six smaller illustrations. So, said and done…this is how it all started. And since then I have created quite a selection of cars. And, I am going to show you one that I created a few years ago now, a Cadillac.

Here I started to experiment using mixed mediums. Normally I use watercolour for my illustrations, it is an excellent medium to use when working with lot’s of details, it works for me anyway. But in this illustration I started to use acrylics as well as watercolour. It is a nice combination. I like the watercolour for it’s variety of nuances in the colours by applying more or less water when painting.

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Once I have sketched up the car, I fill the lines with thin ink, being very light on the hand. And, depending on the size of the illustration it may take some time to finish this, to cover all the details etc.

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When the inking is done, I start to work on the darker areas/parts and in the above I have started with the darker parts of the chrome grille. This grille looks very simple, and sometimes simple is good, not to much clutter, just plain and simple chromework.

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Here I have come a little further in the illustration, and started to add the red acrylics for the rest of the car. And here I had to sort or start to layering up the illustration by going back adding layer after layer to get the complete finish in the end. This illustration took me a few days to complete in total, at times I work on one illustration from start to finish and it’ll take me up to six hours or so, depending on the size and details.

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So, here is the finished illustration with all the details added on the windshield, on the front and the shading under the car. This particular original illustration is still up for grabs, should you be interested just send me an email to: evaasonart@gmail.com for pricing and shipping details.

I do not only create classic car illustration, but this has become one of my trademarks. Here below are a few in my current collection.

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I have given me a goal for 2018 to at least create one or two new illustrations of classic cars, we shall see if I get there. Once the idea gets in to my head, I sit down and get to it…!

I will keep you all posted on my progress!

 

Mountains and Xmas decorations…

Well, it’s December already and every shop in town is playing Xmas songs, and have to admit that it is rather nice. It’s nice to have this festive season coming up at this dark month, and will reveal a little secret….I love Xmas and all that comes with it. But this year I am a little bit late with creating our Xmas card for this year, but finally got to do it today. I had a few illustrations to chose from and went for a picture that I created not long ago, by using some creative text.

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And here it is, I sort of like this one myself and here is the other one

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But voted against this illustration due to that it got cropped in the creation of the xmas card layout and it did not look too good. So the Xmas tree it is this year and was happy to finally put in the order of the printed cards. This is one of the perks about being able to illustrate your own cards, because nobody else will have the same card.

What else has been happening? Well, been busy being out in the mountains on various trainings and events, but love it. Yesterday I was out with a group where I am helping out and we decided to venture up on Scarr summit, from a different angle this time. It is a very steep climb at the start, and yesterday was a very windy and unfortunately misty day, so the views were not great, but at least everybody enjoyed it and on our descent we managed to see a little bit of the surroundings getting down towards Laragh.

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We had a few dramatic views heading back down, but it is absolutely gorgeous. After having spent the week in an office getting out on the hills is very rewarding. And this walk was no different, even though it was extremely windy at some places and we had to walk through the mist/fog, it was still great!! And in this group there is a variety of people, some I have known for a long time now and sometimes there is one or two new faces coming along.

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This month is going to be interesting as I will start a new course in Forensic Psychology and Criminology, during the past three years I have gotten into the world of Forensic Science and what I like about it is that it has so many different areas to dig into and learn. Why Forensic Science? Well, we all have something that we are interested in and is passionate about, this is my area of interest, and intend to learn as much as I possibly can. Nobody knows where it will take me, but I enjoy this path I am walking and will keep following this road. My next course in October next year will be CSI – Crime Scene Investigation and will really get into some interesting stuff.

My interest for this started a few years ago, when I heard an ad on the radio in the car, and I was like…hey that’s what I would like to do. And I started to do some research, and jumped on an introduction course to Forensic Science, mainly for the reason to see if I liked it or not. And lo and behold I am hooked, it is just up my street and suites my analytical mind and eye for details. This was back in 2015, and I started to build up my personal library of books in the subject (seen on the above picture). There is something special about having a proper book that references the various areas of your interest, to fall back on and read. You can find lots of information on the internet, but it does not always beet the sense having the actual book that you can get back into if you come across something you’d like to study closer.

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I have had this book now for some time, and will be using it for the new course, it covers the whole psyhology of Criminal Justice, not only the criminals but also everyone involved in a case including the court.

“I didn’t invent Forensic Science and Medicine. I just was one of the first people to recognise how interesting it is” – Patricia Cornwell

November is here!

It’s November and looking back at the year it has been a very interesting one. I have had to put my art to the side due to excessive MR training, but it has been an interesting year and learnt many new skills. And it is nice when you have found your place and do something that is very satisfying.

But, having said that I have been able to take out my illustration kit from time to time. In the pictures below, I have been inspired by the Scandinavian folklore a little bit. The Gnome was going around from farm to farm and helping the people with their animals, looking after them, the children were putting out food for the Gnome.

My goal for this month is to illustrate our family christmas card for this year. That is a tradition I started a couple of years ago.

This was the card from last year, I tend to work with lot’s of details and this illustration took me a good while to complete. And then I usually custom make it for the printing.  This year I want to make something different, am still working on it in my head and know that by time, I will have some good ideas to work on.

You can have a look at some of my art here: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/1-eva-ason.html

So, stay tuned… and see you soon!

Mist on the hills

I woke up all exited this morning. I have been out travelling for three weeks for my work, I have been to Poland and Norway (my fav country). And, some may think it is exiting to do those travels, but the truth is that when you’re travelling for work doing what I did., is not that exotic. Living in hotels is nice maybe for one or two days but having to stay in a hotel for a week is no fun at all.

My last week visiting agencies in Oslo was the best part of my trip, mainly because I really like Norway and Oslo is a nice city.

Here are some of the pictures I took this week. And as you can see the weather was nice and clear, temperatures a bit low. But I love that fresh air.

So you can imagine the reason for my excitement this morning…I was finally home and the Mountain is calling my name. Had a walk scheduled for today with Mike’s Hike’s where I often help out with the group.

The route for today was planned to start getting up to Croghainmoira summit and continue along the ridge over to Fananieran, but when we gathered at Glenmalure Lodge it was looking very poor, the mist was down and it might be hard because the guys would not get any views at all ones up.

And we had to make a little change of the plan, we decided to walk up two different summits instead, and we set to it.

We decided to venture up to Carriglinneen but unfortunately the mist was still heavy in places, but I did not really care I can be out there in any type of weather, it felt so good being out on the hills again to smell the nature and the colours were beautiful.

There was a big crowd out today, and very nice meeting them all again from being away for a while, due to various MR trainings and such.

As you can see on the above map, we had to backtrack back to the car park and continue up to Cullentragh. We wanted to make a nice walk of our day since we had to change route. But I will get up to Croghainmoira again, last time we tried we had to deviate and get down to lower grounds due to a blizzard.

The weather in the mountains is forever changing, you can not really plan, the weather is what it is here in IRELAND. But I truly love getting out in any type of weather hot or cold, and even drizzles.

The mountains are calling and I must go!

To Dad

I’m just writing a short post today

Today I’m honouring my Dad on his 20th Anniversary!

I have him to thank for what I am doing today – loving the outdoors!

He taught me a lot of things relating to the outdoors. He was also

a man of simplicity, a trait that I picked up early in life! I belive in keeping

things simple, why complicate things?

Thank you Dad, you were the best!!

September is here..!

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The evenings are getting shorter and the darkness falls quick. But it does not stop me from getting out and about on the hills of Wicklow. Got this shot the other evening being out doing our navigation practice in the woods. Got to this open area and the mist was sitting low and could not resist taking a snap.

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The autumn is the season having the most gorgeous colours, I love the contrast between the red berries, the green leaves and the brick wall in the background in this photo.

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A couple weeks ago I was out on the hills with some people marshalling at a charity race, and being out and about you get to see things like this. We had rain clouds coming from one side and the sun was setting on the other and the heather is so gorgeous this year. I love the purplish ‘carpet’ covering the grounds. And to tell you the truth the heather is a great cushion while doing the bivvy at night. Yep, have actually slept outside up on those hills. The experience is interesting, but have to say that I cannot wait til all the midges are gone. They have been really annoying this year.

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This picture was taken while heading out on one of the bivvy nights. This is taken standing above the Miners Village in Glendalough, after walking up the zig-zags (as we call it) and the lake in the background is the Upper Lake. It was a lung buster getting up here I have to admit. I love this place, and once you get up a bit you get a different perspective of the surroundings. On the way up here we came across a few deers that were looking at us like we were some ‘out from space’ creatures.

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Well, this is not the best picture but as close as I could get in these circumstances. It is quite rewarding when you see things like this, makes it worth while getting out. We were from here navigating up to the spot where we should stay for the night. The forecast was rain in early morning, but in fact we were very lucky. There was no rainfall during the night which you can imagine felt good. But, we woke to a huge mist coming over us so we had to raise early, get our gear together and start our trek back to base.

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The mist lifted once we got a bit lower, but then the rain started to drizzle and it got real wet. But still, look at this view, isn’t is gorgeous? No matter when you’re out on these mountains/hills it is just as beautiful (in my opinion). This was Saturday morning at around 6.30 a.m. and it turned out to be a very busy day, so was up and down the hills in various locations.

As you can see our backpacks were pretty big and might seem heavy, but it was not so bad. You need to be clever when packing for a night out, and not pack things you absolutely won’t be needing. Keep it to the minimum, but be safe.

  • Sleeping bag – in the Wicklow mountains you’ll need a warm one.
  • Bivvy bag to put outside your sleeping bag.
  • Extra warm change of clothes
  • Food and snacks, water
  • Ground mat
  • Stove (if you have one) if not, there’s always someone in the group that has one.
  • Plastic bags to keep your backpack dry and your boots.
  • Storm shelter to cover your equipment, also good to get under to get changed for ‘bed’. (this should ALWAYS be in your bag).
  • All your other outdoor necessities; map, compass, head torch plus spare batteries, hat, gloves, buffs, first aid kit, waterproof trousers and jacket, etc.
  • Basically, think ahead and be prepared for the unexpected, without packing too much because you have to carry all the stuff all the way – and rain and mist comes in quickly at times.

 

Enjoy your time on the Hills!

The mountains are calling and I must go…

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This picture was taken during one of my many walks, and this particular day in late 2016, we had a little bit of frost when we were climbing up Scarr in Wicklow. We started our trek from the Oldbridge and walked up towards Carrigeenshinnagh (528m). It was a bit steep  and there were many false horizons before we finally reached the summit (641m). And, it was cold up there so we didn’t stay very long, we had a quick nibble break and continued our journey down towards Dry Hill and the forest line where we linked up with the Wicklow way and walked back to the cars.

I haven’t done much art in the past week, but planning on getting back into it soon again. I am being pulled between so many things these days, but they are all good though, and very fulfilling. But most of all I simply love getting up on the mountains, and Wicklow is a lovely place to live, having the mountains at our door step, what else do you want? Not much really.

Today I have been out on a ‘test’ run in my new trail runners, from Salomon. And, I must say that again I am positively surprised by how well these shoes fit my feet. It started when I bought a new pair of boots, the one’s I had was really killing my feet, especially after some 26km walks and your feet feels extremely sore. I started to research to find a boot that fit my feet better. And after some searching I have finally found the type of boots that is really good for the type of activities I do in the mountains. And I must say that now I am flying up the hills (litterally) and it is such a difference on how I can move about and not having to even think of my feet, because they are comfortably supported by the new Salomon boots I have. It is extremely important to chose the type of boot that suites your feet. My feet are narrow and long so therefore my previous boots was not good at all because they were wide and a bit heavy in comparison. So my feet were abit wobbly and this caused a huge discomfort while I was out on the hills, because my feet did not have the proper support, it almost felt like walking on a line and constantly keeping the balance.

And the same was with my test run this afternoon, the shoes felt very comfortable and my feet were secured and they gave a proper cushion support from the hard surface that I ran on. I have usually bought Asics for my running but now when I am slowly venturing into do hill running as well as road running, I needed a shoe that I can use for both.

The mountains are calling and I must go ~ John Muir

 

Vintage cars and more

We have already reached the middle of August, the evenings are getting slightly shorter and the children will soon return back to school. The summer always go by way too fast in my opinion. But, I do like the Autumn very much, as I mentioned in my previous post. It’s time to get cosy indoors, well for some at least. I’ll spend more time outdoors than indoors at times, even if the weather is not so pleasant. It does not really bother me too much, as long as you use proper clothes and protection.

I am here sharing a little video I created recently showing some of my favourite artwork. And some of these originals has actually been sold to various corners of the World, which makes it worth the while.

Whenever I have a spare moment I bring out my pens and brushes just to make some doodles. And here is one of my latest snowmen which I have chosen not to colour, the details won’t be the same if I do I think.

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Sometimes what I enjoy most, is to just let my imagination paint it’s own picture on the paper. There are no rules or etiquette, just let it flow.

‘To be an artist is to believe in Life’   Henry Moore