Thursday, March 12, 2015

Joan Applebaum Art Goes Green - Memory

It's day 12 of my blog "Going Green" in honor of 

St. Patrick's Day!


Today's Irish painting comes to you from the countryside of the Dingle Peninsula. We found this crumbling old farmhouse down a country lane as we were wandering through Dingle, in October of 2013. The late autumn afternoon sunlight gave the scene a lovely golden glow.

We took several photos from many different angles, so intent on what we were doing that we never noticed the farmer who came to greet (?) us.

Now for those of you who don't know, Dingle is a Gaeltacht, which means Gaelic, not English is spoken there. Many people in Dingle speak both languages, but some of the "old-timers" do not. Of course we were in the presence of an old-timer who had no idea of what we were saying...and vice versa.

To make things even more interesting he seemed to be hard of hearing. Our conversation consisted mainly of smiles and nods. We had no idea of whether or not we were allowed on the property (which we thought was deserted) but at least the farmer was smiling! We can only guess at what he was thinking.

There are so many crumbling old houses and castles dotting the countryside in Ireland. I wonder who lived here, when they left, and where they went.

Capturing the Golden Glow

When painting this scene I limited my palette to just a few colors. In trying to capture the golden glow, I mixed a bit of yellow into each color. In the end the golden tones lent a nostalgic feel to the scene which was just what I had hoped for.

"Going Green"

Every day since March 1, I have been posting Irish themed art on my blog in honor of St. Patrick's Day. If this is your first visit to my blog and you like the Irish theme you might want to look at some posts from previous days.


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