Bristol Savages Sketch Night - Irish Life

Bristol savages irish life

Watercolour, 15" x 11"

Weekly sketch night at my art society, the 'Bristol Savages', and the topic for the night was 'Irish Life'. So we have 2 hours to produce a painting based on that topic without the use of any reference material (so no cheating looking up on the web).  I must admit, I had difficulty coming up with an idea, but in the end, went with an imaginary village scene and I superimposed the Irish Flag on top (Green, white, orange).  I think it worked.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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O'Connell Bridge Dublin


Watercolour 12" x 10"

O'Connell Bridge at the bottom of O'Connell Street in Dublin is the widest bridge (it's as wide as it's long) over the River Liffey and surely the busiest bridge of all, with traffic coming from all directions.

River Liffey Dublin Aston Quay


Original Watercolour 12" x 10"

The River Liffey runs through the middle of Dublin on its way to the Irish Sea.  Not a massive river but 60% of it's flow is diverted for drinking water or to supply industry.  Many famous areas of Dublin are not too far from it's path, including the Temple Bar area.  'Hic'.

Church Restaurant Mary Street Dublin


Original Watercolour 12" x 10"

Back of another restaurant, this time Church Restaurant on the junction of Jervis Street and Mary Street Dublin.  Lovely Bar/Cafe/Restaurant with quirky spiral glass covered thing outside and inside 4 levels with different themes.  My favourite, the Main bar on ground level.

Moore Street Traders Dublin


Original Watercolour 12" x 10"

If you are planning to visit something "typical Dublin" you cannot go wrong with Moore Street - from Monday to Saturday dozens of traders set up their stalls, many of them specialising in fruit, vegetables and flowers. Prices tend to be reasonable to low and the typical Dublin banter is free. The permanent shops next to the stalls range from Irish family butchers to Bingo.  Moore Street is a nice change from the usual Malls in the area.



Foster Place Dublin


Original Watercolour 12" x 10"

Foster Place looking towards College Green Dublin, with the Parliament buildings just to the left.  Apparently this street is favoured for filming period dramas because of it's cobbled surface (and it's also a cul-de-sac).  It's also home to the Wax Museum.