A year in pictures

Happy New Year! 2016 has ended and a new year has begun. 2016 has been an eventful year, with new skills to learn and all that comes with it. In February I went on a four week long journey to Denmark, Sweden & Norway. It was not a leasure trip, it was purely for work. I spent two weeks in Copenhagen, Denmark, one week in Stockholm, Sweden and lastly one week in Oslo, Norway.

Even though I was working a lot, I tried to also take time to spend some time in the cities, to look around and get the feel for the three cities. Well, Stockholm is sort of in my home back garden, know it by heart and I never visit Stockholm without walking to my favorite area behind the Royal castle. This area is called the Old Town, and I can wander around these old buildings for hours and hours, and every now and then sneak into a coffee shop to have a coffee and gorgeous cinnamon buns.

Then we have Copenhagen, it’s a nice city, I have been visiting here a few times in the past. This time I had two full weeks, and unfortunately after the first week I got a really nasty cold, or I think it was the flu. I was really bad, but still had to go into work and do what I was there to do. Well…well…

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It was mid march when I finally got back to Ireland, and boy was I happy to be back HOME. After leaving Oslo, that still had a very cold winter, I arrived home to Spring. The garden were starting to wake up and I could not help myself, but enjoying my favorite spot in our garden and let the Sun warm my face.

 

In May we decided to take a long weekend away and went to the west part of Ireland, to Gougane Barra. We arrived to the hotel in the afternoon, and this place was really quiet and nice. Located beside a lake. And just a short walk from a forest national park, and I think that was the most gorgeous place, it was like entering another world. The second day we went for a walk after breakfast before heading off on our day trip. And here we were walking on the road towards the forest. Himself and I said, that we can just take a quick look and see what we find. But we never expected the things we saw once we walked around the bend. In front of us where the most amazing landscape, and I kid you not, we saw tree after tree after tree…and for Himself designing gardens and tree houses…this was like stepping into a paradise.

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This year has been a lot about nature, and being out exploring! Himself and I we love the simple things in life. The pictures above is from our fishing trip to Ennis, Co. Clare, also in the west of Ireland. We stayed in a nice hotel, and it was pretty quiet, just like we want it. But, the main thing this weekend was just fishing. Well, I did not do so much fishing, I was more like the documenter of the whole thing, and have to admit it was quite peaceful sitting by the lake late in the evening, listening to the surrounding farmers getting their kettles ready for the evening, cows needed to be fed and milked, and as we sat there and the time moved, it became quieter and quieter. It was still a bit cold, and we really had to wrap up well.

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In August we went down to West Cork, to explore that area. Himself has spent a lot of times down there, but I had not been to all the places yet. It’s a beautiful area, with the sea, all the fresh fish and seafood. We spent nearly two weeks down there, driving around, simply enjoying the simple things of life.

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We did have some nice sunny days this summer, and BBQ was on the menu a lot.

Here is my favorite spot, our garden, I have spent many early mornings and days out here.

In between all the busyness I have gotten out with the cycling club doing some good spins around Wicklow area. We usually do our Sunday spins.

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During October – December I have spent a lot of time out in various areas of the Wicklow mountains. And, every time I am out there I get a sense of freedom. It does not matter if it is a dull and grey day or a sunny day, the mountains are just a beautiful no matter the weather.

I was out cycling this morning, the second day of 2017, and it was a beautiful morning with a little bit of chill in the air. But it was all calm, and clear blue skies, and just lovely. While working our way up the hilly roads, it is lovely to look around you and seeing those rolling hills, beautiful landscape, sheep calmly eating their way on the fields, the mountains rising up in the surrounding distance.

The pictures above are taken from various areas of Wicklow mountains.

So, yes, it has been a very eventful year and this year can only get better. There are many things in the making, and goals to work towards and I feel very exited about them all.

I will get back with more updates on that later. But for now I am closing the book for 2016 and will move on into this new year 2017.

 

Decided to go fishing…!!

Well, not really gone fishing, but have been working on a new picture of a few fishing boats. It has been a fun week here in the Studio, have been doing a little bit of everything.

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In the beginning of the week, I sketched these funny illustrations of a few animals.

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Mouse and Mushrooms

Night Owls

Night Owls

Squirrel

Squirrel

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I have been making a little progress with my large boat painting, I have added colour to the little shed on the hill and also some more colours on the first boat. There is a lot to do on this one, so I am moving slow on it.  And in the meantime I am working on some smaller pieces. Here below is a new christmas illustration I completed yesterday, the Advents Calendar.

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And here it is finished. This illustration is available as prints and cards, and you can buy them here!

Yesterday I sketched up a new boat painting, and as reference I have used a picture I took while in Gothenburg earlier this year.

IMG_1815IMG_1834Here is the start, and again this picture had some reflections in it  and that is what I had to start to get right when applying the layer for the water. The only change I made from the original photo was to add clouds to the sky and also adding this little moored boat in the foreground.

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And here is the finished image – if you would like to buy framed prints or just prints of it – you can visit my shoes at the following links:  Redbubble  and FineArtAmerica

IMG_1836This is the colours I’ve been using for the boats above, and as you can see I have only used a few different pigments and then mixed the colour I wanted. I love working with wet paint and I use both wet on wet and wet on dry techniques. I use wet on wet for the sky and the water and wet on dry on the rest of the picture.

Tomorrow I will start a new project but I will post about that next week. So until then, have a great week all!!