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New Quay Tower

by jackiewhite , July 3, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: Burren, County Clare, Ireland, Jacqueline White, Landscape, Linnane's Lobster Bar, impressionistic, oil painting, plein air, representational, round tower, russell gallery

Painting in Clare was an experience that will stay with me forever. I stayed at an artist friends ancestral cottage on the coast road in Fanore for a few weeks, a cottage not modern by any means but oh so charming.

Although there was no washer or drier, the cottage was equipped with twin cane rockers nestled near the fireplace and had lots of peat to burn and books to read! There was a separate bath house accessed by a slug lined path, for morning and night visits, and the room itself fit with skylights as well as a spring-fed toilet. What more could you ask for?

Painting views? Turn 360 degrees and there you have views of a dune lined coast, Galway Bay and the Burren. I particularly enjoyed the red fuscia against the light blue hues of the ocean at sunset and how the rocks and wild flowers flowed up to great heights right beyond our cottage back pasture. Oh, and the incredible energy felt in the rocks surrounding the patio. Couldn't keep my hands off!

The above Martello Tower was one of many scenes I painted during my stay. I was also happy to discover a wonderful haven of art nearby called The Russell Gallery. There, we not only enjoyed the luscious local artwork, but were greeted and treated to the renovation history of the building by owner Any Russell.



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